How do WE Deal With Holiday Stress?

In Members, Stress by MaryBeth Smith

The holidays are stressful for many of our clients. They take time to attend our classes despite over-packed schedules, overspent budgets; the demands of travel, decorating, and house guests; awkward conversations around the dinner table, and SO. MUCH. FESTIVITY. Sometimes we might imagine a subtle expectation to show that we “have it all together,” since we tout the benefits of …

Marketing Outreach to Yoga Studios

In Members, Yoga by MaryBeth Smith

by Lavinia Plonka and MaryBeth Smith Marketing the Feldenkrais Method® offers unique challenges. A Feldenkrais® teacher could go into any environment: dance studio, tennis clinic, dental office, or a yoga studio — and offer ATM® lessons that would help improve a person’s performance. Conversely, trying to attract people to a workshop you are creating and marketing, without having the “cred” …

Ideas for Teaching Yoga Students

In Members, Yoga by MaryBeth Smith

Sheri Cohen and Buffy Owens practice and teach both yoga and Feldenkrais® classes. We asked each of them for their best tips and guidelines for Feldenkrais teachers who want to create interesting and useful lessons for yoga students. They also suggested some lessons for you to study so you can engage and intrigue this audience.  Buffy Owens suggests these lesson-starter …

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Constructive Disobedience: The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education in the Yoga Classroom

In Members, Yoga by MaryBeth Smith

By Sheri Cohen, GCFT This article originally appeared on the shericohenmovement.com blog. There is a delicate duet we dance in the yoga classroom. How do I, as a teacher, lead without stepping on my partner’s (my students’) feet? If it is my goal—and it is—to encourage my students’ personal development along each one’s own path, how do I do that …

In Search of Buried Treasure

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

by Lavinia Plonka Imagine a world without the Alexander Yanai lessons, or the FI® videos of Moshe Feldenkrais. These precious resources became available because volunteers from all over the world selected, translated, proofread, and helped digitize this extraordinary material. IFF has revealed another trove from the archives and is inviting members to be part of a team that goes through …

Protect Yourself from Online Scams

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

by MaryBeth Smith Recently, many members of our community have received suspicious emails, known as “phishing.” In one, the sender purported to be in search of a Feldenkrais® teacher to teach two Functional Integration® lessons a week to a celebrity client over an eight-week period. The friendly email concluded with a request for more information about you and your qualifications, …

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Has Advice for Feldenkrais® Practitioners

In Members, The Back by MaryBeth Smith

In our recent visit with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, she shared her insights about chronic pain from her own experience, and from her contact with thousands of readers who have shared their stories with her since the 2017 publication of her book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery. She continues to seek out Feldenkrais® …

Remembrances of Chloe Scott

In Members by MaryBeth Smith

FGNA Life Member Chloe Scott died September 9, 2019, in Oswego, OR, at age 93. Chloe’s long-time friend, Janet Loops, has written a poignant tribute to her mentor, colleague, and dancing buddy. “I met Chloe when I started taking dance lessons with her in the early 1970’s. I was asked to join her dance troupe, called “The Dymaxion Moving Company”. …

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How to Create a “Balance” Workshop With Your Clients In Mind: An Interview with Lisa Walker, GCFP

In Members, News, Posture & Balance by MaryBeth Smith

IT: Lisa, what do you like most about your private practice? LW: The cool thing for me is the variety, and the zest for life I see in each individual.  When I first started practicing, I had friends in the marketing world who told me to focus on a particular segment or population.  Pick my market, they said. Somehow that …