Mind In Motion

A revolutionary approach to optimizing human ability when faced with pain, neurological disability, or the challenges of every day life.

Moti Nativ, Moshe’s method, and the martial arts

Before Moti Nativ came to Amsterdam to teach The roots of the Feldenkrais Method, I invited him to join me for an online conversation.  Besides talking about the method’s foundation in the martial arts during the webinar, we also talked about teaching Awareness Through Movement to seniors citizens, the importance of points of support, Moshe’s writing, and more. If you’re curious about what Moti has to say or interested in how he teaches, you’ll find the video recording of our ...

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Feldenkrais & the Martial Arts

In February 2019, at the invitation of the Nederlands Feldenkrais® Vereniging and Mind in Motion, Moti Nativ taught a weekend workshop in Amsterdam about Feldenkrais and the Martial Arts. Moti is a Feldenkrais teacher with a unique background: a retired Colonel from the Israeli Defense Force, Moti trained members of the military in the martial arts. He is a Shihan in the Bujinkan school of Budo Taijutsu, has a black belt in Judo, and is a certified Krav Maga instructor. ...

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WFHC: The art of thinking backwards

The art of thinking backwards Genesis of the prequel   One remarkable aspect of the canon of lessons Moshe Feldenkrais left us is how well they live up to his promise of making the impossible possible and — eventually --  easy, comfortable, and reachable. Sometimes, though, one or more students find the lesson impossible. Or they do the Awareness Through Movement® lesson only to experience pain or discomfort later instead of any possible benefit. The question of what to do ...

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Still sitting still?

Dunno about you, but I’m not sitting still these days. Certainly not when I’m sitting. Not any more. Not since I met Turner Osler at the Boston Feldenkrais® Teacher Training in Newton, Mass. back in February of 2018. That’s when I learned Turner is a retired trauma surgeon and professor emeritus from the University of Vermont. It’s when I found out he has a black belt in Aikido. (Now that I know Turner better, I realize how much I had ...

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Long Lost Lessons

In May of 1978, Moshe Feldenkrais taught a now-famous workshop for the members of Peter Brook’s internationally renowned company at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. The Awareness Through Movement®  lessons were recorded on a small hand-held tape recorder by Myriam Pfeffer — who graduated from the Tel Aviv Feldenkrais® teacher training and went on to become the first Feldenkrais trainer in France. These long-unavailable ATM® lessons have been talked about and sought after for decades. The recordings of eight of ...

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The gist of a lesson

The gist of a tale is simply the essence of the story, the point it’s put together to make. But what about the gist of a Feldenkrais® lesson? And how do you get a grasp of it? Answering that question — experientially, by way of delving into, discerning, and discovering — supplied the substance of our most recent segment of the fifth Amsterdam Int’l Feldenkrais® Teacher Training. (If you’re keeping count, this was the tenth AIFTT V installment and also ...

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Long lost lessons located

Moshe Feldenkrais left us a precious legacy of hundreds of Awareness Through Movement® lessons, many of which were recorded, some of those have already been transcribed and published, and even more are in the pipeline. In the 11 volumes of transcripts of the classes Moshe taught in his public classes on Alexander Yanai Street, published by the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF), some of them — like number 536, FINGERS INTERLACED ON THE CHEST — are mistitled. What’s more,b the most ...

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Фельден-ЧТО?

After a late night birthday party for a fellow Kinesiology graduate students back in the early 90s, I returned home wide awake, unable to stop thinking about the conversation I’d had about what a Feldenkrais® teacher does. So I sat down at my computer and typed it out from memory. Thanks to Norma Marder’s expert coaching and editing, after much work, that conversation eventually got published under the title Felden-WHAT? The limits of my language are the limits of my ...

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Open mouth. Insert Foot.

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: “The only time I take my foot out of my mouth is to change feet.” You could almost think this was some crazy, mixed-up, Bizarro version of PERFECTING THE SELF IMAGE (Lesson 8 from Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais). But “Open mouth; insert foot” is not now, nor has it ever been, an instruction you’re likely to hear — or utter — in any Feldenkrais Method® class, workshop, or training. ...

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New Year - New Lesson - New Benefit

On 1 January 2019, I taught a brand-new Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) lesson. What better way to say thank you to my colleagues and students for their participation, engagement, and support last year, right?! Because I wanted to make it possible for folks from all over the world to participate, I offered a live online ATM class using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Like the old telephone commercial used to declare, “It’s the next best thing to being there.”  The ...

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