Balettakademien, Stockholm

Saturday, August 24th 2019

WiseMotion Movement, Meditation & Neuroscience Intensive Course

Location: Balettakademien, Birger Jarlsgatan 70, 114 20 Stockholm

Educator: Dr. Hanna Poikonen, the creator of the WiseMotion method

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Course language: English with translation to Swedish on request


13.00-14.30 WORKSHOP 1: Harmonic movement and memory for the brain health (preventing and treating dementia)

Nowadays, problems in concentration and memory are on the rise. A lifestyle requiring constant distribution of attention and denying possibilities to concentrate on one thing at the time is overloading the brain. On the other hand, the brain needs an adequate amount of cognitive challenge.

The prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of the brain are crucial in focused attention and in memory processes. Attention can be improved by an optimal combination of cognitive training and rest. Increasing number of neuroscientific studies show that versatile training combining cognitive challenge, movement and social interaction slows down the aging of the brain. To enhance the brain potential, the practical part of the workshop focuses on movement in meditation, coordination and a collective memory task.

During the workshop, we learn practical skills in training for preventing and treating dementia by combining movement coordination, working memory and focused attention. We learn with movement and neuroscientific theory how to reach a state of concentration, and how to act from that stage with ease. After the workshop, we know how to maintain the healthy brain functions of attention and memory in a long run.


14.45-16.15 WORKSHOP 2: Balance, body strength and movement flow (alleviating the symptoms of the MS disease and other diseases causing muscle weakness)

Passive lifestyle due to an injury, illness or other life change weakens the muscles of the body and the reactive balance. Increasing number of studies show how the strength of arms and legs is crucial for the brain health. On the other hand, maintaining balance in different body postures is needed in the everyday life to prevent falling. In addition to strength training, also the balance training enhances the brain processes. Support of the skeletal muscles and good balance are needed to create smooth flow of movements.

On the workshop, we do versatile exercises which gently activate the skeletal muscles and improve balance in different positions of the body. The exercises can be applied for rehabilitation in groups with different ages and physical conditions with propagative brain illnesses such as MS disease. The neuroscientific presentation helps us to understand why regular strength and balance training is needed in maintaining the brain health and slowing down the propagation of the neurodegenerative diseases.


16.30-18.00 WORKSHOP 3: Embodied collaboration and the joy of group (preventing and alleviating depression)

Solitude and stressful group dynamics are known to be risk factors for physical and mental problems. Therefore, special attention needs to be payed to create supportive and cheerful communities, in schools, at work and in leisure. During collaboration, the brain tunes to shared frequencies. Harmonious functioning of the brain enables anticipation of others which makes the collaboration joyful and easy. Neuroscience shows how the brains of the group wire together during a successful collaboration. During the workshop, methods to increase the coherence in the inter-brain synchrony are applied in creating positive group spirit.

We learn how the neural networks create the sense of community. With the movement training, we notice in practice how tuning together makes the collaboration enjoyable. In addition, we learn methods to prevent and treat depression with movement and social interaction.


Dr. Hanna Poikonen

Hanna is originally from Finland, but movement practice and science have taken her to live in Australia, Singapore and Switzerland. For eight years, she is based in Barcelona. She has studied movement and dance in cities such as New York (Gibney Dance, Movement Research), Barcelona (La Caldera, Institut del Teatre), Montreal (Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique) and Berlin (Marameo). Explorations in kung fu, tai chi, butoh and somatic methods have taught her a holistic approach to the body and mind.

Hanna worked for five years in brain research and education focusing on intelligence, pain and creativity at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland). After that, she pursued her PhD in neuroscience of movement, dance and music (Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland), receiving her degree in May 2018. Based on her degree work, she developed the WiseMotion method of movement, meditation and neuroscience.

Hanna has taught WiseMotion to people from the ages of 13 to 82 in North America, Europe and Asia. WiseMotion has been featured at Harvard Medical School (Boston), Gibney Dance (New York City), Swissotel Berlin, Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland) and Alive Wellness (Hong Kong) among others.


Course price:

All three workshops SEK 1200

Two workshops SEK 800

One workshop SEK 450

Students, unemployed and retired -15%

You’ll receive a course certificate of your participation.

Enrollment by email to Hanna . You can also buy your ticket directly at


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