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 some of these lessons are a bit more challenging than most of our content. For a limited time these lessons are available for all to stream. They’re also currently downloadable for our Members and Patrons.
This collection is recommended for more experienced Feldenkrais students, as well as Feldenkrais Practitioners and trainees.
Each lesson can be studied on its own, or you can work your way through all of them, perhaps in tandem with reading Moshe’s classic book (here it is on Amazon). I wrote a blog post years ago about studying this text, which you can read here. Many students find it very rich to have a text and my recorded teaching to study. I use the same steps, and Moshe’s own names for these lessons, but they’re taught in my own words.
Over the years, the Feldenkrais Practitioner community has begun to teach many of these lessons in other ways, which perhaps adds something more to them. Still, I believe there’s great value in examining Moshe’s originals. While staying very close to the source material, I do sometimes add little steps to make them more accessible or to fill out students’ awareness further.
The unusual numbering follows Moshe’s in his book. He presents half of his 12 lessons in ways that are difficult to turn into a public class, so at least for now they’re not included below. These missing lessons are fascinating but harder to parse into an accessible structure for our format. Some are mostly lectures with imagination ingredients. All are worth reading and studying from Feldenkrais’s original text, if you find yourself interested!
There’s no particular pedagogical order to this collection. Lessons can be chosen and repeated as you wish, so follow your curiosity! If a lesson isn’t comfortable initially, it’s fine to skip it and revisit it later.