That’s how long the AY a Day peer group has been meeting. Every day for the past five years, including major holidays, Feldenkrais trainees and teachers of all levels of experience have gotten together online to do a classic Awareness Through Movement class. Each day, one participant teaches; afterward, the group discusses the lesson.
Being able to partake in this process these past five years has been a pleasure and privilege. For the longest time, exploring the vast legacy of Feldenkrais’ lessons most often meant reading, doing, and deciphering an ATM on my own. Listening to colleagues bring Moshe’s words to life, each with their unique intonation, rhythm, and perspective, provided a welcome alternative, a wonderful way to learn with and from others. The lessons and subsequent conversations became a priceless professional lifeline during the extended pandemic shutdowns.
To mark this milestone, the founder and coordinator of the AY a day group, Kwan Wong, invited a group of master teachers to present a series of special lessons at the beginning of June. I am honored to be one of the presenters, all the more so because this year Mia Segal, Moshe Feldenkrais’ first assistant and longtime collaborator, will be giving one of the lessons.
Here’s the schedule:
- June 1, Wednesday
- June 3, Friday
Mia Segal 6 pm PT
- June 6, Monday
- June 8, Wednesday
- June 10, Friday
- June 13, Monday
If you’re not a member of the profession but would like to experience the method, you might be interested in the Daily Improvement Collective. In this spin-off project of the AY group, Feldenkrais teachers from around the world take turns teaching an online Awareness Through Movement lesson each day. (You’ll find a few free sample lessons on their website.)
If you’re wondering about this year’s almost annual ATM summer camp, please stay tuned. The announcement is coming next week. If you want to reserve time on your calendar, the Pacific group meets from 19 to 23 July and the Atlantic group convenes from 20 to 24 July 2022.
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Dear Larry, Once again I am enthralled by your open heartedness and generosity in sharing this information. For the previous 2 years I did AY A Day almost every day and for the past 9 months, not so much. I didn’t know about this forthcoming presentation and am very pleased to know about it now. Having you speak up in the discussions about the lessons has been a privilege to listen to. Thank you so much for your service to Feldenkrais and the thousands of students and practitioners. Jacqueline
Dear Jacqueline –
I am so glad to share the news about the upcoming AY a Day 5th Anniversary celebration.
Thank you for letting me know my contributions to our conversations have been beneficial. I can assure you that I’ve certainly gotten a lot out of what our colleagues have said, too.
Take good care,
Can you tell us when the AYaday lessons from trainers will be aired? Evening or morning times? Thanks.
Hello Carolyn –
My understanding is that invited teachers will be teaching live during the regular 8:00 (US) Pacific time meetings and that Kwan will play the recording of each day’s lesson at 6:00 PM Pacific. The one exception is Mia Segal’s lesson, which happens at 6 PM, Friday, 3 June 2022.