Mind In Motion

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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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Where do lessons come from

We have audio recordings, written notes, and videos of a couple of thousand of the group classes, known as Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) lessons, spanning the forty-some years that Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the eponymous method, taught. While it’s often easy to identify the inspiration or theme of a lesson — be it the developmental movements of early infancy, the martial arts, or yoga — how Dr. Feldenkrais created these lessons is, as the saying goes, “shrouded in mystery.” ...

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PPP2: The question I keep getting asked

There’s one question I keep getting asked about the Peculiar Power of Prayer (PPP). PPP is a set of Feldenkrais® lessons that delves deeply into the nature of noticing, explores the relationship of action and attitude, and gives us new means for embodying mindfulness. The question first comes up when people first find out these lessons use the modern flat hand, palm-to-palm praying position. I’m also asked it after someone first experiences these leading-edge lessons first-hand, finding out for themselves ...

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My Interview with Marina Gilman

The newsletters and journals of our official organizations are vital for the development of our profession. This isn't simply an idea I talk about. Over the past thirty plus years, I've devoted many hours and days to writing for, editing, and publishing all sorts of regional, national, and international Feldenkrais® groups, guilds, and gatherings.   As a way of spreading information and promoting commerce, we continue to use publicity and outreach in these publications even as they move more and ...

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What did you do on your summer vacation?

It’s the time of year that those of us who find ourselves in the Northern Hemisphere start to ask each other, “What did you do on your summer vacation.” According to the calendar, autumn doesn’t begin until the third week of next month. In the US of A, Labor Day, the de facto end of summer, is next Monday. If you’re a Starbucks denizen, Pumpkin Spice lattes are already back as of a couple of days ago. This summer my ...

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Judith Stransky

Recently I had the great pleasure to talk with the delightful Judith Stransky about her experience studying with Moshe Feldenkrais when he first came to the United States. Judith, who is both an Alexander teacher and a certified Awareness Through MovementⓇ teacher, is one of the unsung heroes in the history of Moshe’s method. The transcripts of the ATMⓇ lessons that Dr. Feldenkrais taught at the Esalen Institute in 1972 are among the fundamental texts of the method, used by teachers and ...

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Felden-WHAT?

Back when I taught my very first day-long public workshop, summer of 1982, almost no one knew who Moshe Feldenkrais was nor had they heard of his method. When told people about what I teaching, the most common response was, “Felden-WHAT?” (To this day, I’m pretty sure the main reason anyone showed up in a church basement in Syracuse, New York was thanks to the TV interview I’d done on the local news talking about Moshe Feldenkrais, the method he ...

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It doesn’t matter what the question is

When it comes to Moshe's method, no matter what the question is, the answer is "The pelvis." Over the past three-plus decades, this claim — that the pelvis is the answer to any question about the method — has become part of my teaching repertoire. It's been a wonderful way to connect Feldenkrais methodology to its roots in the martial arts. What’s best is that no matter whether they're participants in public workshops, teacher training, or postgraduate courses, people almost ...

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Why teach NLP in a Feldenkrais training?

One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot lately is, "Why are you teaching NLP in a Feldenkrais training?" Because the new international teacher training in Amsterdam incorporates NLP into the curriculum, this is certainly a timely and relevant query. Given the intensity with which it’s often asked, I can tell that the folks who ask the question are seriously interested. The answer is simple: NLP training can play a crucial part in preparing trainees to successfully and competently ...

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