The Orinoco Technique
The Orinoco technique has been developed to be a pathway to help us reconnect with our real ‘home’ - our bodies. Its purpose is to give the practitioner a chance to explore their natural way of moving, their rhythm and to experience being challenged in order to stimulate the body’s remarkable ability to adapt and change to our environment.
Practicing the Orinoco technique involves training to music with a simple rhythm. The practitioner is guided through a series of postures, transitions and repetitions. In addition to dynamic movements, being still in certain positions is integral in the exercise as it enables the practitioner to metaphorically ‘take a picture’ of the moment with their bodies, supporting both a physical and an introspective practice. The sequence involves breathing exercises, dynamic standing movements and floor movements.
Recognising that our own individuality in movement is critical to training, the Orinoco technique can be adjusted to suit everyone’s needs. The sequences are based on functionality and purpose enabling the postures and transitions to be adaptable to suit any level.
The day to day mechanics of the human body are more than just unpredictable patterns. They come with intentions and emotions. Through regular training we can enhance how we manage everyday situations. The Orinoco technique has been developed to deepen our understanding and connection to our bodies, which in turn can help add another dimension to our view of life.
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About Morris Reyes
Orinoco is the name of a river in Venezuela. It means “A place to row” and “Our place”. The concept behind Orinoco is that it allows us to make it our own practice and to have our own place where we can flow. “The Orinoco technique is a Capoeira inspired method that was born from an inherent desire to improve my own health. Although I practiced various martial arts as a teenager including Kung Fu and Karate, it was through consistent physical training and connection to the music of capoeira that I regained a connection with my own body, which in turn allowed me to get the most out of everyday life.” – Morris Reyes
Morris Reyes is a qualified Capoeira teacher and has been training for more than 12 years. He has taught in London for more than 5 years and travels across the world to teach workshops and perform in various shows. In addition to teaching the Orinoco technique and Capoeira, he produces his own music, which he provides for contemporary dance performances and online videos.
Morris was born in Venezuela and moved to London in 2002.
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