A recommended Audio Tape for beginners, which has several short, very practical lesssons: Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method can be ordered from FELDENKRAIS Resources (800) 765-1907. (ask for Volume I Item #1999 $29 USD Volume II Item #2000 $29 USD)
On-line Sample Lessons
Lavinia's Lesson of the Month. Each month Lavinia Plonka explores a delightful new lesson in improving the quality of life. See: http://www.laviniaplonka.com/Lesson.html
Awareness Heals by Steven Shafarman. Addison-Wesley publishing. $18.95. ISBN: 0-201-69469-7. Copies are available at major bookstores in Calgary (Chapters/Indigo)
The Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement by Frank Wildman, PhD ISBN 1-889618-75-6 Softcover, 188 pages $14.95 ($4.50 s/h) USD Available from the Movement Studies Institute, (800) 342-3424.
Mindful Spontaneity, by Ruthy Alon. $24.95 USD Available from the Feldenkrais Guild (800) 775-2118.
Relaxercize by and David Zemach-Bersin and Mark Reese $23.00 USD. Available from the Feldenkrais Guild (800) 775-2118.
Audio programs for the beginner (From: FELDENKRAIS RESOURCES: (800) 765-1907)
Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method by Elizabeth Beringer and David Zemach-Bersin. (Volume I Item #1999 $29 USD Volume II Item #2000 $29 USD)
Embodied Learning: Focus on Knees and Ankles: Series 1 (by Elizabeth Beringer) Item #2001 $40 USD
The Grammar Of Spontaneity: Volume I (by Ruthy Alon) Item #1045 $55 USD
ATM Video Series I (1-4) by Stephen Rosenholtz PhD Four Video tapes series available, each with four lessons per tape. $39.95 USD Available from the Feldenkrais Guild (800) 775-2118.
Learning for Health. http://learningforhealth.com
Feldenkrais Center for Movement Education. http://www.feldenkraissf.com/
Institute for the Study of Somatic Education: www.feldnet.com
Lavinia Plonka: http://www.laviniaplonka.com
The FELDENKRAIS GUILD of North America: www.feldenkrais.com
Movement Studies Institute: www.movementstudies.com
Feldenkrais Resources: www.feldenkrais-resources.com
Uncommon Sensing: www.uncommonsensing.com
The International FELDENKRAIS Federation: www.feldenkrais-method.org
Some fascinating Workshops
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
with Dennis Leri
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.
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.