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Submitted by Lisette Keats , 57,  Female.

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part I- I am

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work? Architect , developer , project manager , creating and making workshops to get people talking, teaching..

What do you do in your spare time, do you have any hobbies? gardening, yoga, hiking, reading, sketching, visiting art galleries and dancing...

What do you like to do for fun? all the above and seeing friends and more dancing...

What is your cultural background and do you think it has influenced the way you move? If yes, how? I lived in Baghdad, Iraq for the first 9 years of my life. As a young girl I did not feel free to run around outside, there was fear in the air, and I think it did impact the way I moved. I was shy and quiet. I loved exploring nooks and crannies and was athletic, but I didn't shout and dance.

What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'?: I do consider myself a mover, I love moving , I love moving in different ways and experimenting with my body, noticing what it can and cant do, where it is strong and weak. Movement starts with me with breathing and coming to myself, my mind going quiet and feeling the pulsing of the body and then noticing how it is sitting and watching it slowly grow into its place. Mostly I move unconsciously, those kind of movements are small and I love them. There are the large movements of walking, whilst hiking I will suddenly be aware of how I move, slightly back or slightly forward and how it tells me something of what I am feeling. Movement tells me how I am feeling.

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part 2 - my movements

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Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you directly about exercise, care for your body, posture, and/or ways of moving? If yes what lessons do you remember? My father practiced yoga, riding and tennis ever since I was a child, he told me how important it was to keep physical hobbies in your life and to prioritise them, that work should not rule your life, and the best was when you did something physical that you enjoyed. Either because it was social, or because you loved animals

What is your earliest memory of moving? I don't really have a very early one, but I do remember climbing on the roof of our house in Iraq. I remember running in the garden, I remember playing doctors and nurses with 2 friends and looking at each others bodies.

Many people say they want to feel 'confident' and 'comfortable' or that they admire people who look 'confident' and 'comfortable in their own skin'. What do these words really mean to you and can you describe them as a way of moving? I suppose for me to feel confident and at ease in my own skin is when I feel myself inside, and I start talking to my body, each bit that is holding, to allow it to release and just be itself, and when I do look inside I am always amazed at the layers of holding.

Do you have a movement philosophy? I suppose it is to say hello and listen to your body and see what the natural place is for my body in each movement whether it is lying, sitting, walking or dancing. Whenever I become conscious of a movement I notice excess effort somewhere that doesn't need to be there.

Do you have a favorite movement mantra or quote? Saying I love you to different bits of my body and watching what it wants to do , how it wants to move...

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move?  I would like to be able to move as if I was dancing. I don't know if I have something characteristic...

What are some of the things you like about the way you move? I love it when I feel earthed and light at the same time. I love it when I am in balance. I love it if I can access the part of me that is growing into itself

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part 3 - my body

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What does 'self-care' mean to you? Self care means discipline to me, discipline to get up every morning and give my body 1 hour of cleaning , moving and relaxing.

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body? Gratitude. Gratitude for my ability to walk and see, gratitude that I had the strength to carry my daughter and help her through her many years of operations, enjoyment of stretching , especially opening and stretching my arms.

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more? I think the right..I do notice that I tighten my jaw on the right when I am asleep...when I wake up sometimes I need to release the right shoulder...

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life? Right handed and any weakness I have in my body happens on the right..weak right hip, tight right shoulder...

Have you ever been injured? How? Does it still affect the way you move? Yes I fell off a horse last year and it hit my right side, I was also attacked by a dog and he bit my right arm and it has really affected the way I stretch my right arm.

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part 5 - me and the world

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What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit? I love to sit on the floor, even when I sit on sofas I like to sit cross-legged or with my feet up. I like sitting on a lower chair, maybe because I am short, so that I can ground and grow, but I like to be free too and some sitting positions can lock me in.

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor? I love sitting on the floor because I feel free and playful. I try to sit on the floor whenever I can...not at work..but with friends at home or watching TV or working at a computer at home.

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with throught an average day? OOH that's a big question...I need to think about this one...