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 lesson into life

For the past thirty years or so, I’ve been offering an (almost) annual Awareness Through Movement® summer camp. A desire to give students the kind of ATM® intensive Moshe Feldenkrais offered in his weekend workshops — and that I’d experienced during our summer-long training sessions — was what inspired me to offer what’s now turned into a recurring ritual.  One night, many years ago, after an ATM class one dark winter evening, I was struck by what happened as the ...

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Say hello to my little friend

In Awareness Through Movement, Moshe used a wooden artist’s model to illustrate the student’s positions in the lessons that make up the second part of the book. What with a picture being worth a thousand words, this was a commonsense way to make the written descriptions unambiguous and understandable. Using the wooden model rather than an actual person to demonstrate the positions allowed Moshe to respect his self-imposed prohibition against having the teacher — and, by extension, any person — ...

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Three years old and thriving

In 2004, more than two decades after I completed the Amherst Feldenkrais® training, the International Feldenkrais Federation published the 11th and final volume of the Alexander Yanai Awareness Through Movement® lessons, consisting of the transcripts of 550 classes that Moshe Feldenkrais taught between from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. This compilation instantly became the go-to resource for Moshe’s work. After having had only a limited number of lessons for so long, it was thrilling to have this encyclopedia ...

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Let freedom ring

July 4th was the debut of DEGREES OF A FREEDOM, an Awareness Through Movement® lesson that I’d composed the week before in honor and celebration of Independence Day in the US of A. I knew I’d be presenting to fellow Feldenkrais® teachers during our early morning international online study group and, just a little later, to a group including them, students from the public classes and workshops I’ve taught both locally and afar, and my far-flung friends, all of who ...

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How can I keep it?

The nature of forgetting was one of the topics I remember Moshe Feldenkrais returning to often during the beginning of the training he conducted in Amherst, Massachusetts, back in the early 1980s. I didn’t get it. I was in my early twenties, optimistic by nature and fully immersed in that wonder-filled, effervescent state evoked and sustained by doing one Awareness Through Movement® lesson after another, day after day after day. I found myself asking, “Why is Moshe talking about this ...

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Breathing

Early in the canon of Feldenkrais’ group lessons that he taught on the street named after Alexander Yanai [יהונתן "ינאי" אלכסנדרוס], who was the bellicose second king of Judaea, you’ll find the one called, simply, BREATHING. A rather audacious title, isn’t it? It is not Moshe’s only Awareness Through Movement® lesson that makes the action of breathing its theme, not by a long shot. So why this title? Perhaps he didn’t consider that this name made for such an absolute ...

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Mind in Motion: Stop subscription subjugation Stop subscription subjugation

Subscriptions aren’t just for magazines anymore. These days you can — and perhaps already do — subscribe to music, meals, apps, cable tv and its contemporary streaming offshoots, data storage, software, printer cartridges, office space, your local gym or gardener, security monitoring, clothing, coffee, razors, acne treatment, vitamins, prescription medications, and, yes, even toilet paper. While it’s clearly convenient to enroll in set-it-and-forget-it delivery and can be helpful to pay for the things we use incrementally, it’s become all too ...

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Mind in Motion: Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95 Words to live by: Gloria Vanderbilt

The great battle Fashion designer, artist, actress, author, socialite, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, who survived the high profile custody battle known as “trial of the century” as a child and went on to live a most amazing life, died today at her home in Manhattan. The first wealthy American to transform her family name into a famous brand, Ms. Vanderbilt used her notoriety in the media to build a fashion empire and make her own fortune. She turned her rollercoaster ...

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Mind in Motion: Feldenkrais What we practice is what we learn What we practice is what we learn

We’ve just republished my blogs from the previous version of the MIMO website. You’ll find them appended after my more recent posts. Recently, my friend, fellow Feldenkrais® trainer, and fantastic ATM® teacher, Alan Questel’s comments on the original version of this blog post, “What you practice is what you learn,” made me wonder whether I’d given as good an explanation as I thought I had. Since I was writing about what may be one of the best ideas I’ve had ...

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Mind in Motion: Feldenkrais Lesson Rolling your head Rolling your head between your hands

Day before yesterday, I taught ROLLING THE HEAD BETWEEN THE HANDS, one of Moshe Feldenkrais’ early Awareness Through Movement® lessons, for the online peer study group An AY a Day. So I could record the ATM® and share the audio recording without violating the lesson’s copyright, I paraphrased the transcript instead of reading it verbatim. Well, exactly right. TBH, I did a bit more than that. While MF jumped right into the lesson without preparation or prolog, I didn’t. Wanting ...

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