After retiring as a dancer, Somatic Compassion Coach Amy Kubanek realized that performance wasn’t kept just for the stage – it was in every area of her life. Society demands that we perform to impossible standards – moving the goalposts as we achieve, so that no matter how great we are, and how much we do, we are always reaching, always anxious, always worried someone will see behind the curtains. In her work now, she moves to radicalize each individual she comes across, with the simple idea of giving yourself permission to exist.


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My Story

My journey to befriending my body has been illuminating in that it happened in spite of working in the wellness industry for 20 years. I had some serious unlearning to do; it took me a long time to realize that my body wasn’t a thing to control, rather, it was my life partner and my greatest resource. I have learned from depression, anxiety, burnout, mysterious conditions, surgery, years of disordered eating and pushing my body to exhaustion. No matter what curveballs life throws at me, my body is my constant companion. Do I still feel pain? Of course, I’m human. But before it used to derail me and now, it doesn’t.

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