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You’ve Got the Power!

Four Paths to Awaken Your Body’s Archetypal Energies

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There are so many paths toward realizing our dreams, toward untangling the web of sabotaging habits that keep us from being our best selves. However, very few approaches look at how you literally move through life. Every breath, gesture and facial expression are (usually unconscious) choices that influence how we navigate life’s challenges. While talk can often lead to paralysis by analysis, listening to the body is a direct line to the instant messages being sent every second by the brain and nervous system.

Drawing from Feldenkrais bodywork, powerful archetypes, contemplative spirituality, the Gurdjieff Work and more — and with QR codes linking directly to somatic lessons you can experience yourself — You’ve Got The Power! is a refreshing manual for change...from the inside-out. 

The saying “we contain multitudes,” while true, can disempower us from the possibility of ever attaining satisfaction. You’ve Got The Power! offers readers four paths: the way of the warrior, teacher, healer and visionary. These four cornerstone archetypes live in mythology, history and in our own stories. Using her lifetime of research in movement, Lavinia Plonka offers a revolutionary approach to getting out of your way by utilizing humanity’s forgotten sixth sense—the power of sensation and embodiment.

Using pleasurable movement explorations, self-inquiry and practical life exercises, You’ve Got the Power! introduces readers the the wisdom of the body. Each archetype has a physical “center of presence.” Readers will learn how to use these centers: The Warrior: pelvis, Teacher: chest, Healer: hands and Visionary: eyes to develop embodied presence and use it for personal mastery. Each archetype also has a “superpower” and a “kryptonite.” Learning to develop the superpower, while acknowledging the potential pitfalls are part of the journey towards realizing our dreams—whether it’s for healing, learning or achieving.

The four archetypes embody our potential to be the change we want to see in the world. By reconnecting with the intelligent nervous system and developing our kinesthetic sense, we become more aware of ourselves, how we impact others and how others influence our actions. The ability to stand our ground, connect with compassion, heal old wounds and envision our possibilities will be the takeaway from this ground breaking look at body/mind connections.

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Praise for You’ve Got the Power!

“Lavinia Plonka has brought together wisdom and techniques from her decades as an acclaimed teacher and avid student in the realms exploring the body/mind connection. You’ve Got the Power! is a guide to understanding what gets in the way of your power and how to harness powers you didn’t know you had.”
Gretta Keene, author of Your Way There To Being Fully Alive: Concepts and Tools for Mindful Transformation

“Somatics is the art and science of bringing your soul home to your body. Lavinia is at the forefront of somatics, which means she is pioneering new possibilities for moving, breathing, and savoring life to the fullest while marrying this body wisdom with knowledge of the archetypal, energetic, and spiritual dimensions of our nature. She’s brilliant, wise, and her book invites you into an expanded reality for embodied life.”
Stephen Dinan, CEO, The Shift Network

“Lavinia is a gifted writer/teacher who has the rare ability to synthesize ancient wisdom with modern natural and social science theories for the purposes of exploring movement, emotions, self-awareness and self-development. She seamlessly integrates stories with movement lessons, and gently reminds us that we have the power within us to be remarkable, expressive, creative, and brave.”
Laura Bond, author of The Emotional Body: A Method for Physical Self-Regulation, and founder of the Emotional Body® method

“Lavinia Plonka has always written books that make a strong case for paying attention - to our bodies and how we engage with them. In You've Got the Power! she does it again—leading us into the territory of classic human behaviour at its height—archetypes—and how to find these parts of ourselves through engaging in body awareness and movement. Read it—it can change your life.”
Martha Eddy, author of Mindful Movement

About the Author

Lavinia Plonka’s best-selling works blend her expertise in somatic movement practices with her natural comedic sensibility. She has served as an artist in residence for the Guggenheim Museum and as a movement consultant around the world, from the Irish National Folk Theater to Nickelodeon. A Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner (GCFP), Lavinia has taught The Feldenkrais Method® for 30 years. In partnership with The Shift Network, Lavinia recently launched her own Feldenkrais-inspired system of movement, The Kinēsa® Process, synthesizing the wisdom of ancient traditions and modern science to create a cutting edge whole-body system of movement. Lavinia’s works include several books and audio programs and a popular monthly newsletter. She currently resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and serves as Director of the Asheville Movement Center in Asheville, NC.

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