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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 …

Elegance: A Result of Ease, Not Just Skill

In Athletes, Featured, News by MaryBeth Smith

by Gabrielle Pullen, MFA, GCFP A partnership based on control and intimidation is no partnership at all. It is an abuse of authority. The horse-and-rider relationship at its best looks light, free and effortless. This stems from the communication that flows between them. The perfect flow is one with no agenda, one without unwanted emotions such as anger or frustration. …

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Are You on LOCKDOWN?

In Athletes, Featured, Martial Arts, News by MaryBeth Smith

by Russ Mitchell, Authorized Awareness Through Movement® Teacher Got stiff legs that feel like they’re in prison, no matter how much you stretch? That was me in high school. I was a Navy Brat and moved a lot, and when we lived in Rhode Island I worked out a lot at night just because winters were so cold and rainy …

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A New Definition of Strength

In Athletes, Featured, News by MaryBeth Smith

An interview with Feldenkrais® Trainer Jeff Haller by Gabrielle Pullen SA: Jeff, how did you first encounter the Feldenkrais Method? JH: In 1972, Moshe did a tour up the west coast. When he taught in Portland, Oregon, my speech professor, a guy named Sam Keltner, went to the workshop. Our speech class included dynamic group relationships so we often had …

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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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Emotional Stress and Body Organization

In Featured, Recovery, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

by Ralph Strauch, Ph.D. GCFP This article is republished by permission from the Achieving Excellence blog. Feeling states and body organization are closely intertwined. Your body amplifies your emotions in the same way your stereo amplifier amplifies music. When an emotion arises you subconsciously organize your body to amplify that emotion, and what you actually “feel” is the changed organization. …

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Passionate About Singing: A First Lesson in the Feldenkrais Method With Master Teacher Maxine Davis

In Featured, Musicians, Performers by MaryBeth Smith

by Jill Anna Ponasik[This article originally appeared on the Classical Singer blog at CSMusic.net, and is republished here by special permission.] When I accepted the assignment [from Classical Singer Magazine] to interview Maxine Davis and write a series of articles on the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education, I knew next to nothing about Feldenkrais. It occurred to me that one …

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Beginner’s Guide to Feldenkrais Method® Lessons

In Awareness Through Movement Lessons, Featured by MaryBeth Smith

by Michael Krugman, GCFP The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is an innovative method of movement education that teaches you to move with greater ease and efficiency so you can enjoy life more. It’s also one of the most effective approaches to stress reduction around. Regular students of the method enjoy better posture, breathing, and coordination as well as greater …

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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 …