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How Do We Find Presence?

In Art of Living, News, Stress by Mary Rudd

Photo by Mostafa-Meraji on Unsplash By Lindy Ost Standing shoulder to shoulder in a crowded restaurant for an hour waiting for an open table takes its toll. There were five of us celebrating Matt, my middle son’s 21st birthday. As our wait time progressed, so did our edginess. Yes, it was hot and crowded, but we wanted to stay. It …

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Why Grow Young with your Dog?

In Animals, Art of Living, Featured, News by Mary Rudd

By Mary Debono Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash The white poodle didn’t seem to have much going for her. At 15 years of age, her vision and hearing were dim. This sweet dog, whose name was Buttons, also had extensive arthritis in her neck and back. But those limitations took a back seat to the most troubling concern. Ten …

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The Power Of Play

In Art of Living, Athletes, Featured, News by Mary Rudd

Shari Lee, MS, GCFP We played to learn. We learned through play; not only how to have fun, but to develop our sense of self, our relationship to others and the world around us. Playfulness stimulated our sense of curiosity, our development of strategies to access what caught our attention and interest.  It cultivated a sense of value within us …

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An Interview with Martha Eddy

In Art of Living by MaryBeth Smith

Dr. Martha Eddy is the Geraldine Ferraro Fellow for Social Justice and Movement at Marymount Manhattan College, where she also advises the Body Science and Motion studies for students in the Dance and Natural Science Departments. She was a speaker at the 2019 Feldenkrais® Summit, and is the author of “Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious …

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Feldenkrais Lessons for Pandemic Pastimes

In Art of Living, Featured, News, Recovery, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith, GCFP Is it just me, or are you also mildly annoyed with the steady stream of social media posts about people who have done amazing things with their spare time during coronavirus lockdown? For example, a woman in India has transformed her apartment balcony into a producing organic farm. I’ve seen so many pictures of perfectly formed …

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5 Things I Learned from the Feldenkrais Method about Boredom and Endurance

In Art of Living, Featured, News by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith, GCFPArticle originally appeared on the SomaQuest blog During the pandemic, many Feldenkrais® students have continued to attend classes online. My students tell me they value the opportunity to maintain some consistency in their routines, and to have the variety of another activity to break up the time spent housecleaning, baking, talking to their cats, or watching Netflix. …

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Thought for Food

In Art of Living, Awareness Through Movement Lessons, Featured, News by Lavinia Plonka

Excerpted and adapted from Lavinia Plonka’s book: Playing in the Kitchen          It’s 3:57AM.  I shuffle toward the bathroom in the dark trying to stay half asleep so that my return to the covers will immediately return me to dreamland.  I know I have to go to the bathroom when I start dreaming about toilets in the middle of people’s …

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Conversations with Myselves

In Art of Living, Featured by MaryBeth Smith

by Lavinia Plonka, GCFP This article originally appeared on the Creative Body Blog. “Of all the things in life I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” Mark Twain “I don’t mind the voices in my head. I just wish they’d reach consensus.” Asheville Bumper Sticker I stand alone in the kitchen carrying on a lively conversation with myself.  “Hmmm, …

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To Begin Again

In Art of Living, Featured, News, Recordings by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith, GCFP The year is new, still shiny, no dents in it, fresh off the showroom floor, with that New Year smell. I was chatting with a friend the other day around the idea of resolutions and planning the year, figuring out how each of us would move forward on projects and intentions. My friend briefly shared the …

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Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education Guides Successful Political Campaign

In Art of Living, Featured by MaryBeth Smith

An interview with Linda Flanders, GCFP Moshe Feldenkrais imagined that his students would take his method into every walk of life, and every corner of the public sphere. He expected that the Feldenkrais Method® would evolve and adapt, even saying “You will write my work in your own handwriting.” A Midwestern Feldenkrais® teacher has done just that, on the campaign …