Mastering the Method 16-18 Worldwide

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
— Mary Oliver

While many Awareness Through Movement® classes put respiration front and center, breath is rarely the theme of a Functional Integration® lesson. 

When giving an individual Feldenkrais® session, you may monitor your student’s breath (and your own), tune into the subtle shifts of disturbance or unease, and register the respiratory responses that indicate improvement and integration. 

But what about giving lessons that make breathing better? 

How, specifically, do we address the ribs, spine, muscles of the trunk, and so on? 

Which Feldenkraisian tactics are most effective for unraveling the restrictions that limit respiration?

BREATHING BETTER reveals the answers to these questions — and much more — in a comprehensive, engaging, and well-paced format. Going beyond the limitations imposed by the pandemic, the updated, contemporary curriculum uses the advantages of technology and online learning to create an enhanced training experience.

The program is for Feldenkrais teachers who want to:

  • Delve deep into the function and structure of respiration.

  • Clear up common confusions and stubborn superstitions.

  • Understand the ins and outs of optimal breathing.

  • Receive personal coaching and individual support.

  • Expand your repertoire of lessons you can count on.

  • Give meaningful, memorable Functional Integration lessons in person and online.

BREATHING BETTER greatly exceeds my expectations for advanced Functional Integration training. Larry continuously surprises me with the friendly group activities and personal reflection tasks he proposes because they are delightful, enlivening, and personally relevant for me as a new practitioner.  I appreciate how we take the time to explore core ATM® lessons in multiple dimensions and interactively explore the ideas with a partner in FI practice. The virtual training format works very well!

Larry is a treasure of experience, skill, and genuine insights. He exemplifies the fuller potential of this practice for me.  I especially appreciate Larry's ability to listen, clarify, and confirm key concepts and skills in a way that brings them to life in my daily life and as part of my aspiration to live the practice. 

 — Mark Lichtenberger

Module 16
FLOATING ON AIR

Returning to your body its ability to breathe
the way it is designed.

— Moshe Feldenkrais

In this module, you’ll learn about the structure and function of breathing in detail and from the pattern perspective. You’ll develop a sense of the significant specifics and how they fit together systemically. We’ll define what good breathing is, identify what interferes with it, and explore exactly how to elicit your student’s innate ability to breathe easily.

Module 17
THE TURNING TIDE

Life is always at some turning point.
— Irwin Edman

This module will deepen your appreciation of how posture and action influence breathing — and vice versa — and how habit hinders adapting respiration to activity and ambience. By learning a classic FI composition, you’ll improve your understanding of Moshe’s method and your ability to use it to restore robust respiration.

Module 18
THE WINDS OF CHANGE

Fear is excitement without the breath.
— Fritz Perls

Breathing is integral to how we move, think, and feel. This module reveals how to work with the ways we unconsciously carry the consequences of accidents, illness, and trauma with us. You’ll find out how to help your students uncover these deep and often troubling connections in a manner that makes it possible to disengage from the restrictions and reconnect with their potential to be present and respond in the moment.

Following the time-tested format of MASTERING THE METHOD, this cycle of three modules takes a deep dive into working with the breath in a Feldenkraisian way. Each module focuses on one specific, particularly effective Functional Integration strategy.

Over five days of interactive learning, you delve into the techniques and tactics essential to the featured FI while, at the same time, developing your understanding of how and why the lesson works. You get to know the lesson’s score and scope, explore its applications, and adopt best practices. You watch demonstrations, experience relevant Awareness Through Movement lessons, practice essential skills with your classmates, unpack the structure and strategy, receive feedback and coaching, and get your questions answered.

For your continued learning, you get access to the recordings of the module and the transcripts of the ATM classes.

To consolidate and integrate what you’ve been practicing, you meet once a month for the three months after each module to review the lesson and refine your skills and understanding.

So that you can learn from and with your classmates, you also get the chance to participate in online study group meetings.

With each module, you also receive an individual FI tutorial with Larry so that you can get the personal coaching and individual support needed to make the lesson yours.

FI tutorials are one of the unique — and uniquely beneficial — features of the BREATHING BETTER program. Your tuition includes three tutorial sessions, one for each module.

After each five-day advanced training, you sign up for one of these hour and 20-minute individual coaching sessions with Larry at a time of your choosing. 

During these sessions, you give the FI, or work on sections of it, over Zoom or, if you prefer, you can review a video of you giving the lesson. Either way, Larry will be observing, answering your questions, and providing feedback and suggestions in real-time. You get to set the agenda according to your interests and needs.

If you’re curious about what happens during a tutorial session, we made a 21-minute summary video of the session shown in the short clip above. This overview features some of the highlights of what happened during the session, including how Larry answers the question about the difference between physical therapy and Moshe’s method.

To view the video, please sign up below:

Please note: You will need a free Mind in Motion Online account to access the video.

If you don’t already have an account, we’ll automagically create one for you. So that we can complete the process of setting up your account, please respond to the email asking you to confirm your email address.

Sensing breathing during lessons provides potent feedback for the client and the practitioner. Following an in-person breathing advanced training with Larry, I have become more tuned into breathing while teaching ATM and FI. I can both see and sense with greater discernment. 

To my surprise, I had the same experience when we had to move the program online. 

Dissecting an Awareness Through Movement lesson, finding the ways in which breathing changes because of it, and then applying the ideas to FI is a fascinating experience. We had multiple iterations in which to play with the lesson, learn from each other, and gain from Larry's ability to articulate clearly the dance between detail and big picture. In addition, the one-on-one coaching provided personal guidance and helped to elucidate glitches. 

I have been studying with Larry over the past 10 years because he has mastered how to make lessons immediately applicable for each student’s learning.

— Lindy Ost

To make it possible for you to participate in BREATHING BETTER no matter where you live, we offer two parallel schedules, an Atlantic track and a Pacific one. 

To see the schedule of your choice, please click on the plus sign next to it.

BREATHING BETTER

MASTERING THE METHOD
Modules 16, 17, and 18
MTM 16
FLOATING ON AIR
Master class
July 7
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
July 8
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
July 9
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
July 10
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
July 11
2:00 to 4:45 PM PST
Review & Refine
Summer break
Sept 18 & 19
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
Oct 16
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
Study group
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
MTM 17
THE TURNING TIDE
Master class
November 3
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
November 4
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
November 5
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
November 6
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
November 7
2:00 to 4:45 PM PST
Review & Refine
December 11
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
January 15
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
February 19
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
Study group
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
MTM 18
THE WINDS OF CHANGE
Master class
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
TBD
2:00 to 4:45 PM PST
Review & Refine
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
TBD
2:00 to 5:45 PM PST
Study group
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
BREATHING BETTER

MASTERING THE METHOD
Modules 16, 17, and 18
MTM 16
FLOATING ON AIR
Master class
July 7
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
July 8
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
July 9
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
July 10
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
July 11
7:30 to 9:15 AM PST
Review & Refine
Summer break
Sept 18 & 19
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
Oct 17
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
Study group
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
MTM 17
THE TURNING TIDE
Master class
November 3
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
November 4
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
November 5
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
November 6
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
November 7
7:30 to 9:15 AM PST
Review & Refine
December 12
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
January 16
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
February 20
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
Study group
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
MTM 18
THE WINDS OF CHANGE
Master class
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
TBD
7:30 to 9:15 AM PST
Review & Refine
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
TBD
7:30 to 10:15 AM PST
Study group
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Experience live classes

Benefit from real-time, interactive online education.

Participate from wherever

Use Zoom on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Fit your schedule

Choose a time that works for you — each & every meeting happens twice.

Never miss out

Access the recordings at your convenience for on-demand learning.

Hone essential skills

Develop your teaching abilities, observational aptitude, and self-use.

Master the moment

Learn what it takes to give effective, meaningful FI lessons online.

Develop insight

Deepen your understanding of how Moshe’s method works.

Expand your repertoire

Receive transcripts of all the ATM lessons.

Make learning last

Give lessons that easily integrate into your students’ everyday lives.

Get coaching

Receive individual support and feedback with personal FI tutorials.

Teach better

Identify the next steps in your development and get support in taking them.

Connect with colleagues

Join an international network of engaged, like-minded, and committed teachers.

As a student in my last year of training, my focus has been on developing FI skills. Despite prevailing concern that virtual learning of FI is not effective, Larry disproved such beliefs.  Larry’s radical approach to teaching hands-on FI virtually lives up to the principle of possibility.
It is not a question of whether it is possible . . . but how.
His determination and enthusiasm shine through.

True to the tenets of the Feldenkrais Method®, Larry transformed the online format into an asset. Rather than relying on direct touch to enhance haptic abilities, he uses guided self-talk, descriptions, demonstrations, practice sessions, and his amazing ability to direct attention. My visual experiences during the course, remarkably, enhanced my tactile skills. (Yes, I had a person to work with at those moments, but Larry taught virtually and I had to translate what I saw.) Linking my kinesthetic and visual perception in this way, I discovered a deeper connection between the how and what.

Larry’s teaching approach is incredibly constructive and helpful. He focuses on process, demonstrating how FI is not only about person-to-person contact, but that it’s also about how one uses themselves, what one can be connecting to or “asking” as they enter into the conversation with the client, and where one’s awareness is directed. Larry effectively breaks an FI into relatable aspects and, slowly and incrementally, adds each section. I found myself able to discern the parts and connect them to the whole, and also deconstruct the whole to the parts. The training was, in essence, a detailed FI about FI.

Larry demonstrates how to effectively navigate a constrained format, virtual learning, to teach a primarily physical practice. He makes what many individuals may have believed impossible possible, and he does this with curiosity, openness, humility, and a sense of humor. Not only did I learn a great deal more about one specific FI I have also learned a lot about the practice of Functional Integration in general.

In summary, Larry cuts through the bulls*** and gets to the core of learning.

— Dawne Roy

To enroll in BREATHING BETTER, you must be a Feldenkrais teacher or a trainee in the final two years of training. You need a Mind in Motion Become a Better Teacher (BABT) account to enroll, that is the only prerequisite to participating.

If you are a Feldenkrais teacher or trainee but do not have a free BABT account yet, you can request one by clicking here.

Registration opens in April 2021 at

  • $277 per month for twelve months (for a total of $3,324)

  • $2777 one-time payment
Please Log in or Register for an account to sign up for MASTERING THE METHOD

To ensure personal attention, enrollment is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

We understand that times are tough. Please contact MIMO support to find out about reduced tuition plans and work exchange. 

If you’re interested in upping your game as a Functional Integrator, we also offer MAKING THE CONNECTION, the recordings of a five day training segment about the Artificial Floor, on a “name-your-price” basis.

Tuition and Participation Policy

  • No-Risk Guarantee: If after attending and participating in the 3 days of the first module of a course, you let us know that you are not satisfied and do not want to continue, we will refund 100% of your tuition within 7 business days.

  • Tuition applies whether or not you attend the live sessions of the program. There are no credits or refunds for any missed classes.

  • For the payment plans: The monthly amount is automatically billed to your credit card. If you leave the course, you will retain access to all materials made available up until and including the month you stop payment. You will not be charged for the rest of the program. There are no refunds for payments already made.

  • For full payment: By registering for this class, you acknowledge that 10% of your tuition is a non-refundable down payment.
    - Cancel between the day of enrollment and up to 31 (thirty-one) calendar days before the first class and you’ll be refunded your tuition minus the down payment.
    - Cancel from 30 (thirty) to 7 (seven) calendar days prior to the first day of a module and you’ll be refunded 50% of the tuition you paid minus the down payment.
    - No refunds will be given for any cancellations received after 7 (seven) calendar days before the course begins.

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