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Lessons from Awareness Through Movement

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.

Before you begin read this first to learn your responsibilities as an ATM student and practical tips to help you get the most from your studies.

Scroll down and click on a lesson title to go to its audio player, interactive lesson notes, and discussion comments. Descriptions of each lesson give you a sense of its aim, though everyone’s learning process is unique and you may find other benefits.

3. Some Fundamental Properties of Movement »

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.

4. Differentiation of Parts and Functions in Breathing »

Various positions, about half back-lying. Experiments with the breath mechanism, sorting out essential movements of breathing, and learning about the use of the diaphragm and ALL the ribs and surfaces of the torso. Uses what the Feldenkrais community calls “paradoxical breathing.”

5. Coordination of the Flexor Muscles and of the Extensors »

Lying on the back, knees bent, one or both feet standing, variations on tilting crossed legs and "triangle" arms/shoulders in order to twist and untwist the torso, learning more awareness, control, and coordination of the major flexors (folding muscles) and extensors (arching muscles).

7. The Carriage of the Head Affects the State of the Musculature »

Lying on the belly, knees bent, soles of feet oriented toward the ceiling, learning to tilt the feet to the side in order to integrate the pelvis, the length of the spine, and the ribs and shoulders with various configurations of the head and neck. Also, late in the lesson, discovering the potency of imagined movements.

After you complete the collection, returning to lessons you’ve already done will yield new insights. It can be very surprising to new Feldenkrais students how lessons you “know” are a different, valuable experience on subsequent explorations.

You might also want to browse our Learning Guides for ideas to help bridge your Feldenkrais learning into everyday life.

We all thrive when more people are doing more Feldenkrais. Please share this resource!

9 Comments. Leave new

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    Juanalee park
    November 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Hi Nick,
    I’m in training in Santa Fe with Diana Razumny. I would be very interested in your teaching of Moshe’s number 8, perfecting the self image. Are you going to post it soon?
    I have shared your website with many people and have enjoyed it and your teaching for several years. I live in a rural area and don’t have access to weekly classes so your site has been extremely helpful!
    Thanks so much

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  • I’d like to see Number 8 too

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      April 10, 2020 11:48 am

      Thank you! That’s two votes do get to #8 first whenever I can return to this project. It’s on my list for this year, but…it’s become a very strange year (writing in April, 2020).

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    Jennifer Ostermann
    October 4, 2020 1:34 am

    I third the motion for #8.

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      October 4, 2020 10:03 am

      Thank you! It’s definitely on my list. Not sure when, but I think it’ll be the first one I add when I get a chance to continue working on this collection!

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    Linda Flanders
    February 19, 2021 9:20 am

    Hi Nick, I am going to add my vote for lesson #8 and urge you to make it a priority for 2021. People really need it. Really!

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      February 19, 2021 9:26 am

      On it! As you can see the groundswell is here, and I’ve been searching for ways to record within the constraints I give myself for the Feldenkrais Project. That is: a live, public teaching. I’ve actually found some new ideas recently for making this one accessible to the public. That said, what do you think about the idea of advertising a special recording session for experienced students/practitioners only?

      It is not a lesson I have ever thought of a way to teach to a newcomer, whereas I believe everything so far on our website has had that possibility in mind while teaching, aside from a few marked as “Part 2,” or “optional advanced.”

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    Nancy Vineyard
    February 25, 2021 4:19 pm

    Nick your teaching style lends itself well to students. I have not studied to become a teacher, but have studied for 20 years. I have worked with two teachers who were taught by Russell Delmam, a Moishe student. They were both excellent. You bring a freshness to your word choices that I find inspires me to continue.

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      February 25, 2021 5:08 pm

      Glad to hear it. Delman has had a big influence on me, but only through one weekend workshop and his recordings, which I think are excellent.

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