“ The guiding pedagogical principle on which the AS is founded is the awe and respect of natures gift: the infinite complexity of the human body in motion.  This principle leads irresistibly to an ongoing and intensive study of all aspects of movement, and a constant effort to transmit new and old concepts and techniques to the student. ” - Frey Faust

THE AXIS SYLLABUS  

AN OPEN-SOURCE RESOURCE & TOOL BOX

The Axis Syllabus is a constantly evolving reference system, or lexicon for the organization and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis and transmission.

"Syllabus" is Latin for list or table of content, while “Axis” refers to the points and through-lines that provide a referential grid for sensing volume and tracking movements through the kinesphere. It is our experience that the awareness of volume, direction and mass facilitate a more accurate perception of physio-dynamics, furnishing the basis of more appropriate reflexes and responses to the mover.

Our aspiration is to provide most relevant, up-to-date information in a neutral format, hopefully allowing the individual to apply this information to their own cultural or aesthetic context. In an Axis Syllabus class or workshop, the information becomes meaningful through countless approaches to physical inquiry and integration. The intention is to understand and collaborate with the human structure inherited through thousands of years of evolution.

Understanding and deploying these resources while adapting to changing limitations, we can contextualize our activities and creativity in a responsible manner, by cross-checking our aesthetic choices with physiological realities to make sure they respect acceptable safety parameters. 

A fundamental aspect to this approach is to encourage informed self-monitoring and individualized applications, in the full recognition that although we share a similar body-plan, each has different proportions and tone, and these values alter the equations we must formulate to solve the problems of moving. Understanding and respecting the properties of the body's structure we can evaluate our choices for efficiency and functionality.


WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE               

The information is often transmitted through dance, though it is relevant to anyone in a body. As such, Axis Syllabus classes can also be found in walking, movement for elders, kids classes, aerial disciplines, natural horsemanship, tight rope walking, stilt dancing, contact improvisation or partnering, capoeira, and countless other disciplines. Practitioners have created hybrid workshops, bringing insights from the Axis Syllabus into dialogue with Feldenkrais®, Body-Mind Centering®, Somatic Experiencing®, Anatomy Trains®, cranio-sacral therapy, and many more.

An Axis Syllabus class provides a context in which principles of human motion are investigated. The movement material chosen to demonstrate these principles is of secondary importance to the understanding of the principles themselves, which may enhance or inform the practice of any movement style or method without necessarily altering its fundamental aesthetics or function." (F.F.)


Workshop & Interview with AS founder Frey Faust in St.Petersburg May 2016

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About the Book

Featuring an exhaustive comparative list of healthy alignment criteria, detailed illustrations and diagrams, and an extensive glossary of essential A.S. terms, this book offers an unprecedented view of the breadth and depth of The Axis Syllabus, a revolutionary movement analysis system. The new A.S. book provides a rigorous, scholarly reference guide for the universal application of physics and bio-mechanics for all kinds of human movement, whether everyday tasks, athletic endeavor or dancing.