Awareness

Dr. Feldenkrais spoke extensively on the elusive aspects of awareness. For example, 

There is an essential difference between consciousness and awareness although the borders are not clear in our use of language. I can walk up the stairs of my house, fully conscious of what I am doing, and yet not know how many steps I have climbed. In order to know how many steps there are I must climb them a second time, pay attention, listen to myself, and count them. Awareness is consciousness together with a realization of what is happening within it or what is going on within ourselves while we are conscious. (Awareness Through Movement, P 50)
Again, he saw the necessity to do the action, the movement, "... a second time... pay attention... listen to myself and ... (count them)". Thus there is an aspect of reflection, moving and attending to the experience, and intending to remember. This is what we are developing in the classes and the one-on-one sessions.

 


kinesthesia: the deep sense perception of movement, the muscular sense of perception


Some time ago, a colleague offered  FELDENKRAIS workshops that had wonderful perspectives.  I have retained the announcement because the language and ideas were so appealing.

Da Vinci De-Coded
Five 2006 ATM Workshops in Marin County
with Dennis Leri
©2005

Dennis Leri will give five Awareness Through Movement lesson/lecture workshops based upon the template of the Da Vinci Man.  The Da Vinci Man is at once an integrated expression of Science, Philosophy, Art and Spiritual Knowledge.  As we will experience in this series, an Awareness Through Movement lesson is no less than that.

The Experimenter is the Experiment:
The Feldenkrais Method as a Scientific Practice       

Science is founded upon definite conceptual and experimental principles. In contextualizing Awareness Through Movement lessons, weíll demonstrate how a Feldenkrais lesson employs the scientific method and then challenges it.  Moshe Feldenkrais helped design the Nobel Prize winning experiments of Joilet-Curie. He carried that design experience over in his creation of Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement lessons.

Know Thyself Knowing:
The Feldenkrais Method as a Philosophical Practice

What is philosophy? How can a self know the self?  The Feldenkrais Method in the form of an Awareness Through Movement lesson is a viable philosophical practice with antecedents going all the way back to Ancient Greece.  This seminar will indicate and make explicit the path of philosophical enquiry in an Awareness Through Movement lesson and follow it where it may lead.

Giving and Receiving Form:
The Feldenkrais Method as the Practice of an Art Form       

Finding and constructing expressions of form for their own sake -- forms which have never before existed -- is one of the functions of Art.  Each Feldenkrais lesson can draw out of ourselves something more intelligible and expressive than we can define or say.  Moshe Feldenkrais was a martial artist and made the art of it available to all of us in his work.  The relation to other arts will be touched upon.

Self Liberation without Compromise:
The Feldenkrais Method as a Spiritual Practice

Feldenkrais hinted at and at times explicitly called his method a Way or Path of Awakening.  What resonance does our work have to Spiritual practice? Do we dare follow this direction?  What happens to us and our students when we allow this view of the Feldenkrais  Method to unfold? Permitting a spiritual dimension, while challenging, can ultimately be the most fulfilling and satisfying direction for both practitioner and student.

Coming Home:
The Feldenkrais Method as the Feldenkrais Method

Coming home means one must have left home.  The comings and goings, disciplines and practices, that differentiate themselves within the Feldenkrais Method emerge united as a practice in and of itself. Arriving back at the beginning with new eyes, we will see how the practice of the Feldenkrais Method creates its own integrity. 

Dennis Leri, Trainer, has worldwide experience presenting the Feldenkrais Method in training programs, seminars and workshops. He apprenticed with Dr. Feldenkrais at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel and has taught the Method for nearly 30 years. His accessible teaching style reflects training in Western and Eastern philosophy, psychology, martial arts and poetics. His published articles on the Method have been translated into several languages.