Mind In Motion

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

From the center featured image The crux of martial arts

We just added the Awareness Through Movement® sequence Moving from Your Center to the Mind in Motion Online Shop. Until now, these lessons were only available to the folks who’d participated in The Bodywise Project a couple of years ago.

Inspired by Moshe Feldenkrais’ curriculum for the second year of the San Francisco teacher training, this program presents these rarely taught and profoundly transformative lessons in an accessible, user-friendly format. To read more about this series’ background, please look at my earlier post about it, Finding center.

Read More…

ISMETA Somatic support staff Somatic support staff

ISMETA is looking for a part-time Assistant Director. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining the ISMETA Team, please check out the details below and send them your resume by December 5th, 2022.

Read More…

A trailblazing teacher and trainer A trailblazing teacher and trainer

High school physics teacher and violinist Yochanan Rywerant started studying with Moshe Feldenkrais in 1952. From 1967 to 1971, he was a member of the original teacher training program in Tel Aviv. Moshe invited Yochanan to teach in his studio at 21 Nachami Street, where he worked for 13 and a half years. He also made Yochanan a member of the faculty of the Amherst training (1980 to 1983), where I met and studied with him.

Read More…

No straight lines make up my life No straight lines make up my life

When Frederick Schjang invited me to be part of this next LGBTQA Feldenkrais® Festival, I instantly thought of our anatomy and how none of us are straight . . . or perfectly symmetrical.

That’s why I decided to teach a Feldenkrais lesson about one of the nervous system’s critical — yet unappreciated — functions: compensating for our structural asymmetries. Whether you have scoliosis, issues with equilibrium or orientation, or are just dealing with our shared inherited right-left imbalance, I figured this would be a relevant, useful topic to address.

I’ll teach HEADS AND SHOULDERS IN ARC, (also known to Feldenkrais enthusiasts as Alexander Yanai 436), next Thursday, November 17th, at 7:30 AM Eastern time.

Read More…

A global approach - Mind in Motion A global approach

Checking out my Facebook feed this morning — something I must confess doing incredibly irregularly — I read a post from French Feldenkrais colleague Mickaëlle Acke. In it, she quotes Feldenkrais trainer and speech therapist François Combeau. Over 30 years ago, François established the l’espace de temp présent, a stunning center for somatic learning in the heart of Paris. (I speak from experience because I have had the honor and pleasure of teaching there.)

Read More…

A matter of style - Mind in Motion A matter of style

A few days ago, Carmen Llerenas, a Mexican Feldenkrais colleague who lives and practices in Paris, asked me about my teaching style the other day. I demurred, only saying that how I present Awareness Through Movement lessons has certainly changed over the past 40-plus years.

Read More…

The only structure you need thumbnail Design for action

As Halloween approaches, skeletons start showing up all around my neighborhood: sitting on a porch swing, standing in the window, and popping out of the ground.

As someone who is osteophilic — loves bones — I delight in their sudden appearance. For me, they’re anything but spooky. Rather than representing death, they stand for life. Once we have grown up, the cells that make up our skeleton continually regenerate, replacing approximately ten percent of old bone with new every year.

Read More…

At the same time - MIMO blog At the same time

It’s easy to find soundtracks, movies, and videos of the heroes and villains of yesteryear and yesterday. We have letters, photographs, and voicemail messages from those no longer with us. While these mementos and reminders are wonderful, none of them will bring anyone back.

Read More…

Mind in Motion - Honoring a somatic pioneer Honoring a somatic pioneer

Little known outside the domains of dance and theater, Mabel Todd is one of the pioneers of somatic movement education. A voice teacher in early 20th century Massachusetts, Todd became dissatisfied and frustrated by the conflicting ideas about the anatomy and posture of singing she encountered.

Read More…

Pencil down - Featured image Pencil down

I dreamt of being back in grade school the other night. I remember flashes of long ago classrooms and running around the playground. I woke up at the end of a math exam right after the teacher announced, “Time’s up. Please put your pencil down.”

Though it’s been a long time since I took a test in school, those words kept reverberating in my thoughts.

Read More…