Prerequisite requirements

MFLCI prerequisites – 46 Hrs TOTAL

​The following prerequisite hours to the Moving for Life Certified Instructor Training are designed to help instructors become exquisitely attentive and adaptive to the needs of diverse students – people with a range of illnesses, ages and movement backgrounds. If you already have training in any of these topics, you may "test out" of the prerequisites or provide proof of successful completion. Alternatively, if you still need coursework to fulfill these requirements, see the list of recommendations below. It is assumed that all applicants already have studied basic anatomy. If not, please see the Anatomy & Kinesiology option below. Contact Dana Davison at with any questions or concerns. 

1. Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) – Human Movement Efficiency | 10-12 hrs.

2. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) – Observational Skills | 10-12 hrs.

3. Embodied Physiology / Body Systems (EP/BS) – Body-Mind Centering® & Dynamic Embodiment | 10-12 hrs.

4. ​Neuro-Motor Development (NMD) – An Experiential Movement Approach |  10-12 hrs.

recommended workshops to fulfill Prerequisite hours

Workshops at Moving for Life's Studio 55C, NYC:

Embodied Physiology / Body Systems (EP/BS)

To meet the EP/BS prerequisite requirement, you should experience at least two hours of the *Body-Mind Centering® and/or Dynamic Embodiment approach to moving, and touch upon each of the following six body systems: bones, muscles, organs, fluids, glands and nerves. See below for various options.

​Note: If you are not in the NYC area, this coursework may be done in your local area with qualified BMC or DE practitioners. Email for approval. *Body-Mind Centering® is a registered service mark of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, used with permission.

​Developing Alignment and Strength with Fluid Support
Saturday, March 3rd, 9:30am-12pm
Instructor: Martha Eddy, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP
Workshop Fee: $85
Fulfills 2.5 credit hrs. of EP/BS requirement for bones, muscles and fluids

Experience an overview of the 6 main body systems as experienced in Body-Mind Centering® followed by deepening an understanding of principles that support healthy movement of the muscles and bones. Experience how different rhythmic features of the various circulating fluids of the body – blood, lymph cerebrospinal fluid and synovial fluid support clear physical action without stress.​

Eye-Hand-Body Development: Activities for Attention & the Visual System
Saturday, March 3rd, 1-5pm
Instructor: Martha Eddy, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP
Workshop Fee: $120
Fulfills 4 credit hrs. of EP/BS requirement for organs, glands and nerves

Learn how the eye is both an organ and part of the neuroendocrine system. Experience how vision is supported by organ support, glandular balance and calming the nervous system. Take home some visual activities that improve attention and sight.​

The Power of Flow and the Flow of Power: Finding the Physical Support
for Inner Strength to Enhance Communication and Relationships
Sunday, March 4, 10am-4pm (w/one-hour lunch break) 
Instructor: Martha Eddy, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP
Workshop Fee: $180
Fulfills 5 credit hrs. of EP/BS requirement for organs, glands and nerves

Learn how reflexive and voluntary movement can help or hinder relationships and the process of relating. Explore the physical dynamics underlying power and strength, and how they interact to help balance internal and external realities. This workshop explores the feminine and masculine aspects within each of us as well as Eddy’s EGIC model – the use of Expression, Grounding, Integrating and Communicating in enhancing effective action.  Experience how the various physiological body systems can be harnessed to creatively resolve conflict and enhance other life skills.

Unraveling the Stress Response
Saturday, April 7th, 12-2pm
Instructors: Dana Davison, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP and Mandy Chan, DEP
Workshop Fee: $60
Fulfills 2 credit hrs. of EP/BS requirement for glands and nerves

Calming the nervous system through a guided experiential meditation, bringing awareness to the adrenal glands and kidneys through hands on self-care, and moving the whole body with different rhythms and dynamics all provide support for a healthy bodily response to accumulated stress. Working from the inside out, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland also come into play. Part of a Somatic Wellness Series, this workshop exercises body parts and systems through Dynamic Embodiment, integrating practices from Body-Mind Centering®, Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Breathing From the Heart: Somatic Anatomy® Workshop

Saturday, April 7th, 2-4pm
Instructors: Dana Davison, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP and Lissa Michalak, DEP
Workshop Fee: $60
Fulfills 2 credit hrs. of EP/BS requirement for organs and glands

The heart is one of the most vital structures in the body. Its ability to survive and protect itself is unparalleled. This workshop explores the anatomical reasons behind its resilience, and how tapping into the heart organ and heart glands through physiology, visualization, breath work, sounding, touch and movement, can enhance the entire body's ability to recuperate and rebound. In Breathing from the Heart, one can find balance in giving and receiving, being active and being still, finding compassion for others and for oneself.

Fluid Systems of the Body* 
Thursday, July 19th, 11am-1pm
Instructor: Dr. Martha Eddy, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP
Workshop Fee: $60
Fulfills 2 credit hrs. of EP/BS requirement for fluids​

Learn about how to embody the different fluid rhythms through the art of dancing. *Part of BodyMind Dancing pedagogy workshops

Somatic Anatomy®: Joints & Injuries

​Starting Online:
Monday, February 12th for 6 weeks
Followed by 3-Day Live Workshop:
Friday, April 13th, 6-9pm
Saturday, April 14th, 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 15th, 11am-4pm
Instructor: Lissa Michalak, DEP
Fulfills ALL 10-12 credit hrs of EP/BS requirement, focus on bones and muscles

For more info & to register, visit  Somatic Anatomy.
​Questions? Contact Lissa at

Neuro-Motor Development (NMD)

Developmental Movement
​Saturday and Sunday, May19th and 20th, 9am-3pm
Instructors: Dana Davison & Mandy Chan
Workshop Fee: $300
Fulfills ALL 10-12 credits hrs. of NMD requirement
Go back to the beginning of life, from cells to pre-birth, with a basic introduction to embryology from a Body-Mind Centering® perspective, to the earliest memories of our very creation, and see how it informs our movement patterns today. Move from newborn to one-year-old patterns, experiencing the relational cycle of yield, push, reach and pull, as well as the practice of “Series One” - developmental movement progression created by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Practice adult sequences of neuro-motor development to feel core-limb relationships, drawing on the work of physical therapist, Irmgard Bartenieff. Learn how we practice and apply these teachings to Moving For Life.

Developmental Sequences*

Wednesday, July 18th, 11am-1pm
Instructor: Dr. Martha Eddy, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP
Workshop Fee: $60
Fulfills 2 credit hrs. of NMD requirement

*Part of BodyMind Dancing pedagogy workshops.

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA)

The Body in Translation
Saturday, April 7th, 4-6pm
Instructor: Dana Davison
Workshop Fee: $60
​Fulfills 2 credit hrs. of LMA requirement

​Moving to a poem and short story read in Russian and English, then from drawings of the story, this workshop examines the relationship between words and sound, languages and form, images and movement, exploring the impulses and reactions of these bodily translations, addressing the questions: How do we translate what we hear in a language we don't speak, into our bodies? How does the experience change when we understand the words? What happens when we see images of the story?

Workshops at Laban Institute for Movement Studies (LIMS), NYC:

Bartenieff Fundamentals | Mar. 10-11 or May 19-20
Fulfills ALL 10-12 credit hrs of BF requirement ​

Laban Movement Analysis | Mar. 17-18 or May 26-27
Fulfills ALL 10-12 credit hrs of LMA requirement

Anatomy & Kinesiology | May 12-13​
Recommended for those WITHOUT prior anatomy training
For more information & to register, visit LIMS
Discount available for MFLCI students! Enter promo code: "Eddy"
Questions? Contact Ana Leon Bella at

Workshops at University of North Carolina – Greensboro, NC

​Neuro-Motor Development: An Experiential Movement Approach and Bartenieff Fundamentals
Saturday, June 23rd-30th, 9am-6pm
Instructor: Martha Eddy, CMA, MFLCI, CTBMD, DEP
Workshop Fee: $475 (Additional cost for academic credit).
Fulfills ALL 10-12 credits hrs. of both NMD and BF requirement.
Opportunity to study an additional two days of BodyMind Dancing and take evening BMD classes.



​You may also pay by mail, phone or in-person with cash, checks or credit card information. Please make checks payable to "Moving For Life" and send along with registration form to:

Moving For Life
55 Avenue C, South Storefront
New York, NY 10009


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