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ISMETA Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An Interview with Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, MA, RSME/T

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Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell is a Continuum teacher, expressive arts therapist, and artist. She has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, on the faculty of Tamalpa Institute, and served for 9 years on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She is co-chair of their Research and Publications Committee. She is the lead …

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An Interview with Martha Eddy

In Art of Living, Featured 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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Attitudes and Values

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by Candy Conino Black Lives Matter. How do we respond to this urgency? What actions can we take to deal with the fact that FGNA has few members of color and the clientele of our members is equally homogenous?  As Feldenkrais® practitioners, we’ve learned and we teach a process of sensing, feeling and exploring our way toward efficient and potent …

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A Message to Our Community

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We stand in solidarity with those who oppose the systemic perpetration of violence and oppression against people of color in the United States throughout its history.  We also embrace and acknowledge the full potential and humanity of individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, physical appearance, disability, or sexual orientation. We recognize that we have …

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An Embodied Vision of PRIDE

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by Frederick Schjang, GCFP June is LGBTQ Pride Month.  For the past several years, I have taught Feldenkrais® classes and special programs to LGBTQ elders at a center where most of the other fitness and wellness classes had failed for lack of participation. I think I know one reason why the Feldenkrais classes have become one of the most popular …

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Expand Your Horizon for Creative Vision

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by Tiffany Sankary, GCFP “With paying attention, learning, doing, we improve and enlarge our horizons.” – Moshe Feldenkrais What’s the relationship between our physical vision and our creative vision? What’s the relationship between the quality of our movement and the quality of our imagination?  When you feel tight, stuck, blocked, frozen, chaotic, confused, Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® can help bring …

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Remembering David Webber

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(Adapted from article originally published on David Webber, a literal “visionary” in the Feldenkrais® community, died on April 16, 2018. David became internationally known in the last decade of his life for his Seeing Clearly work, in which he integrated the Feldenkrais Method® with Buddhist practices, the Bates Method, and other approaches to healing the eyes and living with awareness. …

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On Human Dignity

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The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education teaches its values of awareness, self-development through learning, and the fulfillment of human potential. As we reflect on current events, the effects of systemic racism and the myriad ways in which people of color are deprived of their lives, livelihoods, and opportunities, we must recommit and re-embody the ideals of our method. The empathy …

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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. …