Last updated: 8 Mar, 2024

Awareness Through the Body (ATB)

A way to enhance concentration, relaxation and self-knowledge in children and adults

Awareness Through the Body (ATB), started in the schools of Auroville in July 1992. What was intended as a programme to improve the posture of the children, quickly evolved into a program to help children develop their capacity for attention, concentration and relaxation, while enhancing their ability for self awareness, self knowledge, their sense of responsibility and their capacity for self regulation.
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Over the years, Awareness Through the Body has become a way towards a more conscious and fulfilling life for both children and adults. Through a wide variety of exercises and games, Awareness through the Body offers individuals opportunities to come to know themselves better, to explore the complexity of their being, and find ways to integrate and harmonise this complexity around their innermost centre.

Over time, ideas and exercises from a wide variety of disciplines have been added and adapted to the ATB work and many new exercises developed. The activities ATB offers are creative and often fun.

The programme works by first bringing the individual into the witness attitude where they can better listen, without judging or analysing to the many stimuli they are continuously receiving from both their inner and outer world. Later, through the various and varied explorations, individuals can find their own way to better manage their being.

The ATB programme has been an integral part of the schools curriculum in Auroville for over 32 years. There are also teachers in other countries implementing ATB exercises and its way of working in their classrooms.

ATB is regularly offered to groups of adults, teachers, therapists, and people interested in self-growth here in Auroville and in various places around the world.

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