Mind in Motion – The Future of Feldenkrais

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

Enhance your respiratory repertoire

Why transcripts?

Recently, we added lesson transcripts of the lessons done in a doorway (The Human Frame) to improve posture, balance, and gait, and the ones about enhancing how you breathe (It’s a Matter of Life and Breath). You now have the option to purchase the audio recordings, the transcriptions, or both.

Making the documents is the result of an experiment made possible by the progress in the previously laborious process of transcribing. If you’ve created a transcript, you know what I’m talking about, right? Unless you’re incredibly good at it and have a hassle-free way to stop and start the recording, this takes a lot of time.

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Gratitude

Amid all the madness, misery, and misfortune, you showed up.

From small gestures to generous gifts, from kind words to ordinary and extraordinary acts of kindness, you demonstrated your support. 

To students, colleagues, teachers, co-conspirators, fellow travelers, and friends, I say a heartfelt thank you.

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Count your blessings

Hal and I met the second summer of the Amherst Feldenkrais teacher training. He was visiting his wife, Marcia, one of my classmates in the program and a lifelong colleague here in Santa Cruz. We got to know each other that day, standing on the mezzanine, overlooking the gymnasium where Moshe was leading over two hundred people in an Awareness Through Movement lesson.

Over the coming years, Hal, who was a successful, socially conscious entrepreneur, became my business mentor. He was unerringly generous with his knowledge. Instead of providing answers, he asked questions, suggested ideas, indicated the kind of research I might do, and told stories, all of which taught me to think about finances and commerce. When my dad died 35 years ago, I asked Hal if he would be my second dad. Hal graciously accepted. His steady, wise guidance was a mainstay unless he passed away twenty years ago.

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Making the best of a sad situation

Next Wednesday, I was supposed to start teaching a group of colleagues in Munich. Before the pandemic, we got together every six months for the next installment in MASTERING THE METHOD, an ongoing postgraduate course about the art and science of Functional Integration.

Each time we meet, I walk them through a classic Functional Integration® lesson step-by-step over five days. I slowly and methodically teach one lesson’s fundamental moves, showing what to look for and how to make sense of what you see, and revealing the subtle ways of sensing the difference that makes a difference. This format allows for ample time to practice, make incremental progress, and grasp the overview of the lesson by building up an understanding of what holds the details together.

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Not leaving on a jet plane

My bags are packed, and I’m ready to go.

This coming Saturday, I planned to get on a jet plane to teach for the first time in two years. I already ordered and received the masks needed for traveling and the home antibody test required to ease reentry. For over a month, I’ve been looking forward to traveling, working with colleagues in person finally, and seeing my friends. I have dreamt of the dishes I want to order at my favorite restaurants, the stores I wanted to visit to get presents, and museums I hadn’t seen in so long. I researched what I had to do to get a vaccine passport in Germany — you can’t get into restaurants or public places, including workshop venues, without one.

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Lessons in Democracy

May I invite you to kick off this fall’s LGBTQA Online Global Feldenkrais Festival with a celebration of Election Day in the US of A?

In an ordinary Awareness Through Movement lesson, the teacher dictates the content of the class. Taking a page from improvisational comedy, the students will select the theme and position — and “elect” the “leading” body part — this time around. Once the votes are in, I will then improvise the lesson based on the students’ choices.

I’m calling this coming Tuesday’s class A Lesson in Democracy: The Body Politic & Politics of the Body.

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Mind-Body Disunity

It seems like decorating for All Hallows Eve is no longer something only for shops and schools to do. Dressing up a window, front door, balcony, yard, or even an entire house seems to be spreading. Is it like that where you are?

As an ardent osteophile — someone who loves bones — I particularly enjoy seeing skeletons strewn about in all sorts of entertaining poses and situations. (Come to think of it, spying skeletal remains in a neighbor’s yard at any other time of the year would be truly spooky and quite possibly terrifying.)

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Off by one letter

I remember the first time I experienced FOMO, the fear of missing out. 

On a family visit to New York City, back when I was in high school, I started looking through all the shows happening that weekend, in museums, theaters, movie houses. So many possibilities vying for my time and attention! So many events I don’t want to miss out on attending!

These days it seems like so many of us are having an experience off by one letter. FOGO instead of FOMO. The fear of going out.

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Mistakes have been made

In yesterday’s blog post, I misspelled the last name of the Feldenkrais colleague who transcribed and translated the missing pages of AY 284, SLOW IMPROVEMENT, and kindly made them available. Her name is Yaelle Kesten.

I apologize for my mistake. 

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A mystery solved!

The news arrived in the middle of a conversation during an AY a Day professional study group meeting. Ellen Soloway — esteemed Amherst training colleague, editor of the comprehensive Alexander Yanai collection, and faithful friend — mentioned what she had learned from Yaelle Kesten’s transcription of the missing pages of a lesson. 

She wasn’t referring to just any lesson. She talked about AY 284, SLOW IMPROVEMENT, a member of the series most commonly referred to as THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE HIP.

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