Lying on the back and later on the front with the limbs in a large letter X shape, learning to lengthen and lift the limbs, organizing from the torso, discovering a pressing foundation, and inhibiting unnecessary shortening and tightening responses to anticipated difficulty.
These audio lessons are sourced directly from Moshe Feldenkrais’s classic 1972 book, Awareness Through Movement. For a variety of reasons many are more challenging than most of our lessons, so this collection is recommended for more experienced Felden-fans, as well as Feldenkrais Practitioners and trainees. They are part of our “thank you” benefits exclusively for Patron-level donors.
Over the years, the Feldenkrais Practitioner community has begun to teach many of these lessons in other ways, as I often do myself. But there’s great value in carefully examining Moshe’s originals, so for this collection I’ve retained Moshe’s steps and lesson titles even as I teach in my own words. I sometimes take small liberties to make them more accessible and follow the students I was watching.
This collection is in progress and the unusual numbering follows Moshe’s. A handful of his 12 lessons are particularly difficult to turn into a public class, but we added two more in 2021, another in 2022 already, and we hope to complete the collection soon. All 12 are worth studying from Feldenkrais’s original text.
– Nick Strauss-Klein