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Lessons for Standing, Walking, and Running

A course of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) audio lessons. Each can be studied on its own, or you can work your way through the whole collection to learn in-depth how to better sense and organize your body to reduce pain and improve your posture, balance, mobility, and power.

Lessons can be repeated as you wish, so follow your curiosity! If a lesson isn’t comfortable initially, it’s fine to skip it and come back to it later; you don’t have to go through them in this order. When there’s a close link between adjacent lessons, it’s mentioned in the Context tab of the lesson notes.

For Standing, Walking, and Running - Feldenkrais Method with Nick Strauss-Klein

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.

1. Legs as Free as a Baby’s »

Back-lying, one or both knees bent, tilting the knees and letting their weight twist, turn, and lengthen the body. Transferring weight. Broadening and clarifying the function and ease of the pelvis, hip joints, and lumbar. Learning to bend and straighten the legs with the freedom of a baby. Integrating this learning through the whole self, including the chest, shoulders, head, and eyes.

2. Folding, Foundation, and Feet »

Back-lying, knees bent, integrating bending of the ankles through the joints of the legs and into the pelvis and lower back, blending into a classic Feldenkrais lesson which draws the head, elbows, and knees toward each other in different combinations. Improve the folding and unfolding of the body through refining coordination of the flexor muscles, building awareness of the use of the ground (foundation), and lengthening the extensors.

3. Activating the Arches »

Mostly back-lying, knees bent. The “tripod of the foot” lesson. Learning a more subtle awareness and control of the bones and muscles that create the fundamental ground contact structure of the body, and relating it to movements of the ankle, knee (head of the fibula), hip, back, and beyond.

4. The Buttocks »

An optional, more advanced lesson. Lying on the back and front, and various kneeling and standing positions. Exploring the use and refining the awareness of the buttocks in relationship to the pelvis, legs, feet, belly, and spine. Once students are ready for this lesson, it's a profoundly important one for standing, walking, and running.

5. Connecting Arms and Legs »

Side-lying, integrating movements of the arms, shoulders, head, and torso as you learn to sense and hinge bodyweight in relation to the ground, and between the knees and feet. A great place to start if you can't lie on your back comfortably.

6. Your Navigational Pelvis »

Back-lying, knees bent. Learning how the interaction of the feet with the ground relates to the pelvis moving in all directions. Integrating the spine, head, and eyes. A variation of the classic "Pelvic Clock" Feldenkrais lesson. For many people this has a profound effect of grounding and organizing the whole body.

7. Breathing from Head to Heels »

Various positions, about half back-lying. Experiments with the breath mechanism, learning how it relates to the head, spine, and pelvis, and integrates into the length of the heels for standing. Uses what the Feldenkrais community calls “paradoxical breathing.”

8. The Anti-Gravity Lesson »

Back-lying, knees bent. Some modified side-lying. We can’t beat gravity, so let’s get organized to oppose it effortlessly with bones (instead of muscles).

After you complete the collection, returning to favorite lessons or progressing through from the beginning again 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, or continue your studies with our Easier Sitting collection.

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

10 Comments. Leave new

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    Kolbrun Gunnarsdottir
    July 2, 2017 2:17 am

    Dear Nick
    I do like your Felden-lessons. The audio is good, that is how you get the lessons in classes. I also subscribe to Alfons on uTube, he is in Austria, I think. His classes are also good. I watch the lessons first then do the lesson. Thank you very much for allowing us out there to participate. Enjoy your coffee, Kolla

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  • I just love the new website! I love that it makes it so easy to find the lessons. This was a terrific idea!

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      March 4, 2019 5:08 pm

      Thank you! Fun fact: this is the first comment left on the new site. Thanks for joining the discussion!

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  • Just did the first lesson on the site Nick.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Gave a lesson last night that really encouraged shoulder awareness so derived much more pleasure as a result.
    Great recording and website.
    Will be joining.
    In appreciation.
    Phil Smith.
    Australian practitioner.??

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  • Thank you Nick. This website is excellent. I’ll be joining.

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    Silvia Raabe
    May 10, 2020 2:04 pm

    Silvia Raabe
    Hi Nick, i like your ATMs as inspiring tools for my work, i really dived into them, enriching them with my own way of teaching, I appreciate your way of giving lessons, the clarity into it. Thanks very much for this, Silvia

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  • I love your instruction, Nick. It’s very helpful for me. I have chronic pain and chronic fatigue, so I do wish you had some shorter lessons. I feel like I do on overload after 40 minutes or so, but I also want to get the full effect of the lesson. Do you recommend breaking it into segments for different days? Or do you offer some lessons that are shorter? Thank you!

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      June 3, 2020 4:01 pm

      Yes to breaking longer lessons into segments. You can read about that on my FAQ page.

      And yes, we have lots of shorter lessons now! Check out Getting Oriented. And Patrons can find a section of shorter lessons in Straight from Class (everyone can click through to see the names and descriptions). All our short lessons are between about 25 and 40 minutes long.

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