These are 2 lessons from my Exploring Ease Feldenkrais Series. In these lessons we explore the diagonal connection of one foot to the opposite arm.
In this Awareness Through Movement® lesson we explore unwinding what Moshe Feldenkrais called the “Body Pattern of Anxiety”. It is a beginner friendly lesson and a great one to come back to again and again.
“To every emotional state corresponds a personal conditioned pattern of muscular contraction without which it has no existence.” -Moshe Feldenkrais, Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation and Learning, p. 128
How lifting the head prepares infants for sitting, crawling, and standing. In this free Feldenkrais audio download we learn to be comfortable on the belly while orienting the head and eyes to the horizon.
Mary Oliver’s recent passing has inspired revisiting some of my favorite poems and along the way, I discovered some new ones that are so perfect for where I’m at at this part of my journey. I’m grateful Mary’s devotion to the poetry of attention and intimacy with ourselves and the world.
Curiosity, compassion & transformation in action:
Here's a short video of Matty Wilkinson working with a child in his Feldenkrais practice and talking about curiosity, novelty and acceptance in learning.
“What is important is that you get the person to love himself, not just like himself. If you achieve that you are worth your weight in diamonds. If you take a person who hates himself, has no confidence, and make him feel that he can love himself. He feels he can begin to rely on his own self and begins to have self-confidence to stand on his feet. “ -Moshe Feldenkrais
It was quite a journey this last month. I created something bigger than I expected: Move Your Vision 2018 was a grand experiment that involved over 900 human beings!
What supports you to move your vision, to evolve, grow and mature? What helps you connect the dots between your physical self & your thoughts/ feelings/ ideas/ creative impulses? We will continue to explore these questions this year in Movement & Creativity Library.
I am seeing that Organic Intelligence is the place I want to begin working with new clients. Then the Feldenkrais Functional Integration comes naturally when the time is right. This has been particularly effective for people who feel stuck, blocked creatively or who are wanting to be more in their bodies but find they spend a lot of time in their heads.
The work is also helpful for moving beyond stress/ anxiety/ trauma---and the beautiful thing is, the focus is not on the trauma, or the what's-wrong-attention.
Moshe Feldenkrais said, “Treat the person, not the body.” I feel like I am finally understanding the depth of what that means.
Free intro to Organic Intelligence with Founder Steve Hoskinson: PLANNING TO FLOW • December 17th 2-3pm EST
“Most people will agree that the body and the mind are two aspects of the same thing, or two poles of the same entity, but they still cannot appreciate that there is no mind without environment…”-Moshe Feldenkrais. Chapter 17 from Feldenkrais Illustrated: The Art of Learning.
This short video is about the process of making one image. Collage, drawing, photo, papercut, color, stars, play---all led up to the final version. This image was commissioned by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America for the 2018 Feldenkrais Method® Conference.