Life is not a stable process. Our ability to recover is our greatest quality.
… our nervous system, as well as our body, works to restore equilibrium rather than to keep it.
– Moshe Feldenkrais
Balancing – or relating skillfully to gravity – is naturally intertwined with all our habits, skills, and self-regulation abilities. This means that improving balance, in addition to making us safer, can help improve any human function! It also means that every Feldenkrais lesson relates to balance. You can read more about why balance is so fundamental to life and learning in my post called On Balance, "Losing" It, and Recovering.
Some Feldenkrais lessons train balance more directly than others, so in this Deep Dive I've gathered The Feldenkrais Project's very best resources for improving it.
These lessons are unordered (except for the workshop) so feel free to start in any box below and follow your curiosity. You may find the first lessons in the white and the red box easier than the later ones.
As always for our Deep Dives, some lessons are freely offered and others are benefits for Patron-level donors.
- Nick Strauss-Klein
Workshop: Balance Myths, Facts, and Practice
This two-part live workshop recording is our premier balance resource. It's exclusive content for Feldenkrais Project Patron-level donors.
In this workshop Nick shares practical tips, tools, and Feldenkrais lessons to improve your balance. He dispels common misunderstandings and highlights principles of physics and learning you can sense and practice on your own.
The workshop is about 2.5 hours, including a break. There are two brief talks and four lessons, in standing and lying-down configurations.
These lessons can be used to develop your workshop learning further. They also work well on their own to help balance:
Balance Lessons for Everyone
Thanks to our donors these lessons are freely offered! Join The FP to support them.
Mat lessons, framed by standing explorations. Our amazing brains can learn a lot about balance while lying down!
Chair lessons. Sitting requires dynamically balancing on your sitbones, making these lessons great balance practice.
Soften your chest, integrate your head, spine, and pelvis, and improve your balance, posture, and breathing by learning to circle your head in your hands
Where to next?
Try lessons that focus on feet!
Improving the sensitivity and skill of your feet is another wonderful way to improve your balance with Feldenkrais, and one that's not emphasized a lot in the lessons above. Try our Deep Dive course titled Supple Feet, Powerful Legs.