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We’re finishing up this series—this is the fourth last class perhaps for the next year—with some classic lessons. Whatever a “classic” lesson means! It’s surprising how much of a voyage of discovery a familiar lesson can be. Side-sitting, your explore how combining different coordinations of your eyes, shoulders, head—and everything that supports a…
 
As we start the last 6-week series before my sabbatical, I am in the mood for coming back to the basics–with the fresh eyes I’ve developed and you’ve all developed from doing more Feldenkrais. And from living. The title of this lesson talks about tilting the pelvis. There’s never one answer to the question “what is this movement?” but there’s a lot…
 
All these years, I tell you to go slower, slower, slower–and now fast? Fast, quick, light movements? Astonishing. And just wait to see how your breathing and use of your spine changes. This is AY 447, for those keeping track. And a week is a long time in Canada, lately anyway. The bobblehead joke probably no longer makes much sense. It’s been overt…
 
Well, this is a weird idea of what to do with your head. You’ll glide around the room with a long neck and everything below will feel very well-oiled, as long as you don’t try too hard. For those following sources at home, this is mostly AY 6, though you’ll see some ideas that aren’t in the AY lesson as I was responding to where people were at in t…
 
The first lesson of our new Sept – Oct 2013 series: a gentle twisting movement on your side. Some of my comments suggest that you might do the second side (as you go from side to side) in your imagination. This is always a good option when you can’t follow the instructions without pain. It’s also a really useful technique whatever your ability to m…
 
You could say there’s a hierarchy of degrees of conscious control in ourselves–our fingers and mouths the most consciously controlled; our legs less so, carrying us along without much thought wherever we want to go. And our breathing, even more so, takes care of itself while we’re doing other things. We’ll reverse that a bit in this lesson, making …
 
Lying face down, can your head wave from side to side like a reed in the wind? Where is your stable point connecting to the floor? For those keeping track at home, this started out as AY 549, which for some reason has the title “lifting the pubic bone,” and then wandered considerably based on what was happening in the room. I’ll write something abo…
 
There are a lot of hidden gems in this very simple idea of lying on your back with standing legs and lifting your pelvis…give it a try and see if your back doesn’t get much longer and easier, your arms lighter and more free, your breathing deeper. Go easy to find those gems! Based on London Transcript, Lesson 18: http://feldynotebook.com/Head+and+p…
 
Probably the most neglected function in modern life is extension–lifting the head to look up, reaching up to touch something overhead. We live in an environment carefully designed to obviate the need ever to do this. And every day we forget more and more what geniuses we were to be able to use our spines to lift a huge head with a tiny weak body. T…
 
A subtle coordination of the head and spine to support the bending of the leg–it just may put a spring in your step in the middle of winter (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, that is!). You may want to have a few flat, firm cushions or flat, folded towels for under your head as you lie on the side. Depending on the organization of your sp…
 
The “dead bird” is a classic lesson. The image refers to the way you hang the arm in front of the face, at eye level or a little lower–with the wrist limp, like a dead bird’s wing. I was listening to Moshe teaching it at Amherst. He says, maybe it’s an intelligent bird’s wing. Not a bird mindlessly using energy or effort to hold the wrist stiff……
 
We can go our whole lives without realizing there’s some subtle movement of the ankle or use of the sole of our feet that has become a blind spot to us, unavailable. Then we buy orthotics or fuss about the right shoe to push our feet around in certain ways. Try improving your ability with your feet! Sneak preview: we’ve working on the ankle-neck re…
 
Drawn from the Awareness Through Movement book, this lesson explores and differentiates the “mechanisms” you use to breathe. Ribs and sternum lifting and subsiding, diaphragm tightening to lower and then returning to its high resting dome. And then shall we turn everything upside down?By podcast – kinesophics
 
In this lesson, you’ll explore the elements of your own personal bridge (the series of “arches” rising from the floor and the parts of you that rest on the floor, providing support for the arches), and start to play with your arches….raise the bridge, lower it, raise some part and lower others….developing a more supple spine and clearer perception …
 
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