Posts in Movement
Feldenkrais Is So Much More Than Movement

I LOVE reading The Elusive Obvious!

The book is only available in Hardback format; which brings me a special kind of sensorial gratification. As I hold the book in my hands, I can feel the strength of the binding and the subtle texture beneath my fingertips. The simplicity of the firm black and white cover delights my minimalist spirit as the title begs me to delve into a koan-istic approach to moving and learning.

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Exploring. Learning. Breathing.

Have you ever wondered why you hold your breath when doing something new?

We often take our breath for granted, usually breathing in and out 12-16 times every minute without being aware of it. Most of us only notice our breath when something happens to prevent us from breathing normally or when we intentionally bring our attention to our breath as part of a mindfulness practice.

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More Movement. Less Exercise.

There is no life without movement. From the blood that pulses through our veins to the actions required to gather and consume food, your mind and body are intimately connected. And while your brain is the master control system for your body’s movement, the way you move can also affect the way you think and feel.

There’s a lot I could say about movement. But for today, we'll focus on the importance of moving more in everyday life (i.e. more movement, less exercise).

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Do You Have Hip Joint Confusion?

Recently I have been a little obsessed and bewildered by how many people really don’t know where their hip joints are. Now I get it. The hip joints don’t take up a ton of real estate in the ol’ sensory-motor cortex. They don’t require fine motor skills or other subtle interactions with the world. Heck, they don’t even fully form until years after we are born.

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Walking Awareness

One of my favorite things to do is to take an early morning walk on the beach or out in nature. I love the playfulness of the wind sweeping off the water and the acrobatic birds playing in the waves. I love how the clean, fresh morning air dances with the sound of the ocean and the sense of an expansive settling that arises from within. I am inspired to play with my own movement experience.

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9 TED Talks On Neuroscience That Will Inform, Inspire & Move You

Neuroscience and neuroscientists seem to be a popular staple of TED. And as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, I’m pretty much interested in anything dynamically related to the nervous system — how we move, think, sense, and feel. Plus, I’m completely intrigued by ideas that explore the way we are shaped by, and the way we shape, our internal and external environments. This makes TED Talks a type of brain-porn for me.

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Feldenkrais or Yoga?

The movements of Feldenkrais® can serve as a conduit to a deeper connection to yourself and is one of the ways in which it’s similar to yoga. The difference, however, is how we go about those movements. But those differences can vary from person-to-person and from teacher-to-teacher (lineage or style).

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From Trail Troubles to Happy Hiking

A few weeks ago I went on a relatively short and easy hike in the woods, a trail I had been on before. It led to a beautiful watering hole where a stream became a waterfall, ultimately flowing into a large pool for swimming before continuing onward. The trail was quite wide and did not have many obstructions to deal with; it was also relatively flat.

Along I plodded, anxious to reach the water to cool off as it was an exceptionally hot and muggy day.  Halfway there and my feet and back were already tiring. By the time I reached all of the action, which was only a mile in, my feet had moved past tiring to aching.

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Mindful Movements in Laundry Moments

Are you moving through your day without fully living? It is easy to pass through daily activities and wait for something to happen — to wake us up and grab our attention. I have fallen into this mindless trap, where my subconscious was suspended in a subtle state of constantly preparing for something later.

One way to fully live today is by being mindful and practicing a bit of everyday awareness.

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