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 …

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Subtle Connections

In Featured, Feldenkrais Method FAQs, Yoga by MaryBeth Smith

by Buffy Owens, GCFPThis article originally appeared on the Conscious Movements blog. The‌ ‌Feldenkrais‌ ‌Method ‌can‌ ‌enhance‌ ‌your‌ ‌awareness‌ ‌and‌ ‌provide‌ ‌you‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌anchor‌ ‌for‌ ‌self-study,‌ ‌both‌ ‌on‌ ‌and‌ ‌off‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌yoga‌ ‌mat.‌ ‌ In‌ ‌fact,‌ ‌the‌ ‌movements‌ ‌of‌ the ‌Feldenkrais Method can‌ ‌serve‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌conduit‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌deeper‌ ‌connection‌ ‌to‌ ‌yourself‌, ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ …

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Lodestones of Sensation: Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education in the Yoga Classroom

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by Sheri Cohen, GCFP One of the governing principles shared by the Feldenkrais Method® and hatha yoga is the notion that our experiences in the movement classroom bring us closer to ourselves; and therefore give us new perspectives on our lives in general, which may lead to greater well-being. But how does this happen? Spontaneous eruptions of pleasantness? Urgent and …

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Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method®: Can You Do Both?

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by Mercedes (Didi) von Deck, MD The‌ ‌Feldenkrais‌ ‌Method®‌ of somatic education ‌and‌ ‌yoga‌ ‌are‌ ‌both‌ ‌practices‌ ‌that‌ ‌help‌ ‌people‌ ‌feel‌ ‌more‌ ‌at‌ ‌home‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌bodies.‌ ‌Both‌ ‌use‌ ‌movement‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌means‌ ‌for‌ ‌healing‌ ‌and‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌means‌ ‌for‌ ‌transformation.‌ ‌While‌ ‌the‌ ‌ways‌ ‌the‌ ‌body‌ ‌moves‌ ‌in‌ ‌yoga‌ ‌and‌ ‌the Feldenkrais‌ ‌Method are‌ ‌very‌ ‌different,‌ ‌the‌ ‌two‌ ‌practices‌ ‌are‌ …