Pay what You Want
awareness Through Movement® Classes
The Pay What You Want, or Dāna, virtual Feldenkrais® classes are part of my "Pay It Forward" program. All of the funds collected for these classes are put into a 'scholarship' fund for those with persistent pain, who are on a fixed income, or who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to work with me without one of us sacrificing our financial well-being.
Dāna based Awareness Through Movement® classes are typically held once a month. Registration is required.
Inspired By The Practice Of Dāna
Why A Dāna Based Practice?
The first is simple. It resonates with me. I was first introduced to the concept of dāna while attending a meditation retreat. I was simply told to pay what I could and what I felt the teaching was worth… a cup of tea, a pizza, a night out or a weekend away. To be honest, this approach resonates with me. I like the permission to honor where one is in life. I like the suggestion of examining what I might give up to give. I like knowing that what I give supports another.
The second reason is a bit more selfish. You see, teaching on a dāna is itself a form of dāna. It helps me to nurture my own sense of generosity, trust, goodwill, gratitude, and a sense of community. The practice of generosity is a significant spiritual practice in its own right. The dāna system encourages me as much as it encourages you to engage in a practice of generosity. The question of how much to give in dāna has prompted me to reflect deeply on my own values, fears, and generosity.
The third reason is a bit more practical. I wanted to find a way to support those who wouldn't otherwise be able to work with me without one of us compromising our own financial well-being.