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Images from the 2019 FGNA Conference

In 2019 Conference, News by MaryBeth Smith

The 2019 Conference was a powerful community-building event with many of the volunteers, from CORR to Legacy, bringing material to share with Members. This deep level of communication and openness have yielded information and resources for all Members. Rolling on the floor together, dancing after days of ATMs (what a feeling!), discovering collegial connections, sharing meals and ideas reminded all …

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Feats (Feet) Don’t Fail Me Now

In 2019 Conference, Members, Walking by MaryBeth Smith

An Interview with Kathy James Kathy James is well-known in our community for her insightful teaching. She draws upon her varied background in biology, zoology, dance, Aikido, and other movement forms such as Pilates and Yoga to craft profound learning experiences. We were curious about her upcoming workshop, “Feats (Feet) Don’t Fail Me Now,” at the 2019 Feldenkrais® Conference in …

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Your Vagal Nerve System

In 2019 Conference, Members by MaryBeth Smith

by Elinor Silverstein Recently, I met a lovely man at a dinner party. He had been diagnosed, then misdiagnosed, and two months later, re-diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His face showed little expression, but his walk looked relatively healthy. He said he had pain and trembling in his left arm and hand. Mostly, he felt very sad and scared about this …

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Violet Van Hees – The Importance of FEELING Safe

In 2019 Conference, Members by MaryBeth Smith

Violet Van Hees knows a lot about feeling scared. She is learning to surf. “When I get scared, my learning stops. I go back to old bracing patterns, my finesse tanks, and usually, I wipe out!” She noticed that when she is able to shift herself into feeling more safe, she surfs better. Violet also has decades of first aid …

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2 Masters and 1 Nerd

In 2019 Conference, Martial Arts by MaryBeth Smith

by Roger Russell This year’s conference features a unique and potent collaboration among three of the Method’s most experienced teachers. Jeff Haller, is an Aikido black belt. Moti Nativ, is an internationally acclaimed proponent of the Budo Taijutsu, an ancient Japanese martial art. Roger Russell calls himself a passionate “nerd”, but is deeply involved in research; always looking for ideas …

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How I Made Running Possible, Easy, and Elegant

In 2019 Conference, News by MaryBeth Smith

by Jae Gruenke, GCFP 2019 FGNA Conference Presenter I wasn’t always a runner. In fact, when I first started running as an adult, it felt astonishingly awful. At the time, I was a professional modern dancer. One particular gig I got involved performing in parks, basketball courts, and other large, outdoor spaces. It required a lot of running, and I …

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Start the Day with Awareness Through Movement®

In 2019 Conference, News by MaryBeth Smith

by Paulette Dolin 2019 FGNA Conference Committee, Presenter Ask anyone who has attended a Feldenkrais® conference: starting each day with an Awareness Through Movement lesson is a highlight of the week. Each morning of the conference, there are three lessons to choose from; truly something for everyone. These lessons are free and open to the public. When we improve our …