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Mind in Motion: Feldenkrais What we practice is what we learn What we practice is what we learn

We’ve just republished my blogs from the previous version of the MIMO website. You’ll find them appended after my more recent posts. Recently, my friend, fellow Feldenkrais® trainer, and fantastic ATM® teacher, Alan Questel’s comments on the original version of this blog post, “What you practice is what you learn,” made me wonder whether I’d given as good an explanation as I thought I had. Since I was writing about what may be one of the best ideas I’ve had ...

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Mind in Motion: Feldenkrais Lesson Rolling your head Rolling your head between your hands

Day before yesterday, I taught ROLLING THE HEAD BETWEEN THE HANDS, one of Moshe Feldenkrais’ early Awareness Through Movement® lessons, for the online peer study group An AY a Day. So I could record the ATM® and share the audio recording without violating the lesson’s copyright, I paraphrased the transcript instead of reading it verbatim. Well, exactly right. TBH, I did a bit more than that. While MF jumped right into the lesson without preparation or prolog, I didn’t. Wanting ...

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Once again!

This isn’t the first time I’m writing about An AY a day, the amorphous group of Feldenkrais® teachers and trainees that meet online every day to study Awareness Through Movement® lessons. This group is working with ATM® classes that Moshe Feldenkrais (MF) taught on Alexander Yanai Street in Tel Aviv for twenty-plus years. 550 of these lessons were recorded and then typed up, later they were translated into English and, ten years after MF’s death, published by the International Feldenkrais ...

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Social justice in somatics

In the world of somatic studies, the SF Bay Area Moving On Center (MOC) stands out for its upfront commitment to social justice. Founded by pioneering somanauts Carol Swann and Martha Eddy, the MOC’s mission is to support, develop, and inspire embodied community leaders, artists, and activists. Bridging the healing and performing arts via somatic approaches and participatory pedagogy, the participants are challenged to consider the body perceived from within and the body perceived within society. While the nature of ...

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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 senior 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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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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Moshe teaching Peter Brook's theatre company in Paris

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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