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This time Its personal - featured image This time, it’s personal

Since its inception 22 years ago, Feldenkrais Summer Camps have explored all sorts of topics, from classic themes, such as breathing better, to innovative subjects, such as using a doorway to improve your balance and coordination.

This summer’s curriculum takes a different approach. This time, it’s personal.

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Pent up- featured image Pent up

Moshe Feldenkrais repeatedly challenged the commonly held hydraulic model of emotions by asking us why there was no such a thing as pent-up joy. He asked us to consider how anger could create pressure building up to an eventual explosion if this was not the case with other feelings.

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Who said that - post image Who said that?

In the description for this year’s Feldenkrais Summer Camp, The Power Within, I quoted: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

It’s been one of my favorite quotations for a long time. I have included it in every training program prospectus I created, starting with the first Strasbourg International Feldenkrais Training back in the early 1990s. Back then, I attributed it to Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Searching for research - cover Searching for research

When was the last time someone asked you what research there is on the Feldenkrais Method . . . and where to find it?

Thanks to the literature reviews I did in my Master’s and Ph.D. programs, once upon a time, I had a decent sense of what kind of studies were available. I have been — and, thankfully, still am — actively involved in conversations with colleagues about what they are investigating and how they’re conceptualizing and doing research. Over the years, I also had the privilege and pleasure of actively participating in a few people’s projects.

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Possibility and positivity thumbnail image Possibility and positivity

A funny thing that happens when you do a Feldenkrais lesson.

When persistent problems fade, new options appear, and you undergo a fundamental somatic shift in how you move, something else occurs. It’s not just that you breathe easier and feel relieved, taller, more grounded, more present.

When you harness your innate ability to improve, you realize you can help yourself. You discover you can change yourself. This embodied knowledge changes your outlook. You feel capable. You are more hopeful.

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There's a Better Way featured image There is a better way

What do you do when you need directions? Or when you need to look up a definition?

Gone are the days of reaching for the dictionary or a map.

It’s so easy to type a question into a web browser. Those inquiries — millions a day the world over — generate income for the company that provides the software, profits from endangering our privacy, and depletes precious energy resources in the process.

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MIMO - Summertime image Summertime

The summer of 2000 was the first time I offered a five-day Awareness Through Movement Summer Camp.

Back then, there weren’t many options available. You could choose between taking a weekly class or signing up for a four-year professional training program. From my experience becoming a teacher, observing companions go through the process, and eventually training others, I learned firsthand how beneficial it is to do a couple of Feldenkrais lessons a day for several days in a row.

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MIMO - Camaraderie Camaraderie

Since I wrote about the AY a Day grassroots peer study group last week, I keep thinking about what I’ve gotten from participating that I didn’t mention. This benefit isn’t a thing; it’s a feeling. I refer to camaraderie, that sense of community and fellowship, of mutual trust and friendship that develops over time.

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An AY A Day - 5 Years featured image 5th Anniversary

1,831 days.

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.

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Blog cover image-one the road again On the road again

For more than two and a half years, I have not gone anywhere overnight except the University of California San Francisco’s Bakar Cancer Hospital. Nothing about this time — surgery, chemo, radiation, recovery, more surgery, more recovery, and the enduring exhaustion — resembled a vacation.

As you can appreciate, I was excited, nearly giddy, to board a plane for Europe last month.

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