Primal Practice with Aaron Cantor

February 21, 2017

17:30 - 22:30

444 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON M6K 2A3


Aaron Cantor is an embodiment teacher, a movement catalyst and physical intelligence instigator. His mission is to emancipate physicality from the constraints of fitness and elevate embodiment to its rightful place in culture. He is the creator of Primal Practice, a innovative way to support wellness through playfully developing mindfulness and movement skills. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his boys Bodhi and Jasper and teaches workshops around the world.


Aaron’s Primal Practice workshops weave different elements of movement and embodiment into a harmonious whole. Depending on context, the elements at play may include:

Physical practices that nourish the body with a broad spectrum of healthy movement. Over time, these exercises form the neural networks and physical structures that generate vibrant health and foster physical freedom. These preparatory exercises teach us to:

  • Modulate tone in our bodies
  • Harness momentum
  • Skillfully run the forces of ground and gravity through our system
  • Quiet mental chatter
  • Amplify awareness of the “inner body”
  • Generate altered states of consciousness

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Kinetic Koans:
Koans are Zen riddles that reveal our true nature. They cannot be solved by being clever. A koan is cracked when we see beyond the constraints that the question imposes. Kinetic Koans are movement puzzles that invite us to step beyond what the puzzle proposes, into an new relationship to self and space.

Infinite Games:
Play potentiates learning. Good games create the conditions for insight and skill to arise. There are at least two kinds of games in the world, “finite” and “infinite” games. A finite game is played to end the game victorious. An infinite game is played to continue playing. In Primal Practice workshops we play physical games that pique curiosity, end in laughter, cultivate physical intelligence and develop us as infinite players.

Throughout the practice, we constantly ask what we are doing and why we are doing it. By encouraging playful, curiosity-based inquiry, insights relevant to our growth arise.

Taking time to integrate is crucial to the acquisition of new knowledge and development of new skills. Primal Practice is peppered with ample opportunities to integrate through meditation, bodywork, free play and dialogue.

Aaron has spent over 15 years collecting, creating, contemplating and refining the material he presents in his workshops. He is grateful to his friends and mentors who have shared so much with him.

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