Mind In Motion

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Long Lost Lessons

In May of 1978, Moshe Feldenkrais taught a now-famous workshop for the members of Peter Brook’s internationally renowned company at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. These lessons were recorded on a small hand-held tape recorder by Myriam Pfeffer — who graduated from the Tel Aviv Feldenkrais® teacher training and went on to become the first Feldenkrais trainer in France. These long-unavailable lessons have been talked about and sought after for decades. The recordings of eight of the Peter ...

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The gist of a lesson

The gist of a tale is simply the essence of the story, the point it’s put together to make. But what about the gist of a Feldenkrais® lesson? And how do you get a grasp of it? Answering that question — experientially, by way of delving into, discerning, and discovering — supplied the substance of our most recent segment of the fifth Amsterdam Int’l Feldenkrais® Teacher Training. (If you’re keeping count, this was the tenth AIFTT V installment and also ...

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Long lost lessons located

Moshe Feldenkrais left us a precious legacy of hundreds of Awareness Through Movement® lessons, many of which were recorded, some of those have already been transcribed and published, and even more are in the pipeline. In the 11 volumes of transcripts of the classes Moshe taught in his public classes on Alexander Yanai Street, published by the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF), some of them — like number 536, FINGERS INTERLACED ON THE CHEST — are mistitled. What’s more,b the most ...

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Фельден-ЧТО?

After a late night birthday party for a fellow Kinesiology graduate students back in the early 90s, I returned home wide awake, unable to stop thinking about the conversation I’d had about what a Feldenkrais® teacher does. So I sat down at my computer and typed it out from memory. Thanks to Norma Marder’s expert coaching and editing, after much work, that conversation eventually got published under the title Felden-WHAT? The limits of my language are the limits of my ...

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Open mouth. Insert Foot.

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: “The only time I take my foot out of my mouth is to change feet.” You could almost think this was some crazy, mixed-up, Bizarro version of PERFECTING THE SELF IMAGE (Lesson 8 from Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais). But “Open mouth; insert foot” is not now, nor has it ever been, an instruction you’re likely to hear — or utter — in any Feldenkrais Method® class, workshop, or training. ...

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New Year - New Lesson - New Benefit

On 1 January 2019, I taught a brand-new Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) lesson. What better way to say thank you to my colleagues and students for their participation, engagement, and support last year, right?! Because I wanted to make it possible for folks from all over the world to participate, I offered a live online ATM class using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Like the old telephone commercial used to declare, “It’s the next best thing to being there.”  The ...

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Where do lessons come from

We have audio recordings, written notes, and videos of a couple of thousand of the group classes, known as Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) lessons, spanning the forty-some years that Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the eponymous method, taught. While it’s often easy to identify the inspiration or theme of a lesson — be it the developmental movements of early infancy, the martial arts, or yoga — how Dr. Feldenkrais created these lessons is, as the saying goes, “shrouded in mystery.” ...

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PPP2: The question I keep getting asked

There’s one question I keep getting asked about the Peculiar Power of Prayer (PPP). PPP is a set of Feldenkrais® lessons that delves deeply into the nature of noticing, explores the relationship of action and attitude, and gives us new means for embodying mindfulness. The question first comes up when people first find out these lessons use the modern flat hand, palm-to-palm praying position. I’m also asked it after someone first experiences these leading-edge lessons first-hand, finding out for themselves ...

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My Interview with Marina Gilman

The newsletters and journals of our official organizations are vital for the development of our profession. This isn't simply an idea I talk about. Over the past thirty plus years, I've devoted many hours and days to writing for, editing, and publishing all sorts of regional, national, and international Feldenkrais® groups, guilds, and gatherings.   As a way of spreading information and promoting commerce, we continue to use publicity and outreach in these publications even as they move more and ...

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What did you do on your summer vacation?

It’s the time of year that those of us who find ourselves in the Northern Hemisphere start to ask each other, “What did you do on your summer vacation.” According to the calendar, autumn doesn’t begin until the third week of next month. In the US of A, Labor Day, the de facto end of summer, is next Monday. If you’re a Starbucks denizen, Pumpkin Spice lattes are already back as of a couple of days ago. This summer my ...

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