Internal Human Orchestra Work (IHOW) #3 – Integrating Contraction and Expansion

Aviv Shahar with Rita Lampen, Beth Simpson, and Eleni Makri

May 30, 2024

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The practice evolves as a natural sequence to the second practice, around the question: how to alter our states through different pathways, allowing movement and alternation between them?  

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  • 1: When you are ready, sit or stand in a place that you feel at ease in
  • 2: Feel the weight, steady and balanced, in contact with the ground, the foundation that is provided
  • 3: Focus on your breathing and appreciate the continuous flow of new air coming and going
  • 4: Follow the guidance of the recording, leading you through the different octaves

In this practice we are guided through simple ways of movement and sensations to alleviate tension and stress, by feeling the effect of contracting and expanding alternatingly.

Aviv Shahar

Rita Lampen

Rita Lampen

A lifelong explorer of human expression and liberation through multiple arts. Passionate about integrating all facets of our humanness - mind, body, soul and more - through as many creative pathways as possible. Movement teacher by profession, motivated by love of well being and the glow this brings into life.

Active in various international collaborations that seek to deepen and update understanding of the human systems, to cultivate grateful appreciation of the extraordinary faculties we are gifted with, and to develop and pioneer new skills and practices to offer grounding, balance and liberation into greater fulfilment of human possibility.


Beth Simpson

Beth Simpson

Life moves and when we move with it there is a happiness, a fullness and it feels purposeful.

Beth works with individuals and small groups in healing, and moving with change to come into living fully.

When we live purposefully, anything is possible!

Visit: Bewell.Care

Eleni Makri

Eleni Makri

A lifetime researcher on human body systems, in its energetic and physical ways. Combining and integrating different movements and styles, as a martial arts practitioner, creating international trainings for children, youth and adults around the world on safety and self-defense practice and application, and collaborations with other facilitators to explore more from different domains and perspectives about human life.

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv serves as the Portals' sherpa. He curates transformational journeys and is a storyteller of the epochal evolution culminating at this time. Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.

Visit: Aviv Consulting