Shoulders – February 2009

In the month of February, Wednesday evening Feldenkrais classes will explore the shoulders—learn how to let your shoulders settle, float on your chest, and free your neck and ears from the job of holding them up!

You can benefit from these classes whatever your abilities, and whether your goal is performance refinement, increased self-awareness, and/or injury recovery. Movements are developed slowly and safely, while taking you to surprising new achievements.
Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., at Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis St.

Fall 2006: Old and New Feldenkrais Classes; new newsletter system and blog

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The nip of fall is in the air, there are handfuls (sometimes buckets) of blackberries ripening daily on the land around our new Halifax duplex, and the fall schedule is beginning at the Yoga Loft. This newsletter is to let you know about two Feldenkrais classes this fall at the Yoga Loft (one continuing, one new class with a new format–and the chance to participate long-distance).

Also, I’ll explain a new subscription function on kinesophics.com so you can subscribe to continue receiving this newsletter.

On-going Wednesday evening ATM classes

Wednesday evening Feldenkrais classes co-taught with Kelly Beale continue at the Yoga Loft, 7:15 – 8:15. It’s a great class for dropping in or for a regular commitment. See more information on the site here.

New Sunday morning ATM class format: DIY ATM!

Join me this fall for a new class on Sunday mornings where we approach learning Feldenkrais (and learning through Feldenkrais) in a new way. I’m writing an “Introduction to Feldenkrais” book, and we will be using drafts of books chapters in this Sunday-morning class. I’m calling it “DIY ATM” (Do-it-yourself Awareness Through Movement)!

Each week, we will spend some time talking about the principles that guide the creation and practice of Awareness Through Movement lessons. (Including Feldenkrais’s famous first principle: there are no principles.) We will do a brief (30-45 minute) ATM lesson, and then we will practice using those principles to create our own lessons building on the weekly ATM, and sharing them with one another.

You can read some of my background thinking behind this class on my blog by clicking here. The idea is to teach Feldenkrais in a way that enables you to make the work your own from the beginning.

Who is this class for?

This process is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about Feldenkrais, or anyone who wants to build more of a personal practice in the Method, or for groups who would like to explore Feldenkrais in a context where there is no Practitioner available. While we are learning the principles behind the work and creating ATMs ourselves in the class, it is not a Practitioner training. You can learn more about Feldenkrais Practitioner trainings by clicking here.

Participate long distance!

You can also participate long distance free of charge. Every week, I’ll post the materials and a recording of the ATM taught in Halifax on the site, and you can do the lesson yourself (alone or in a group) and do the creative exercises, even sharing your own creations and observations on-line with everyone else. To participate long-distance, sign up for an account on the kinesophics.com website [no longer operative].

The practical details

The class will be in the West (large) studio at the Yoga Loft, Sunday mornings at 9 – 10:30 a.m., October 1 to November 26 (8 sessions, with a break for Thanksgiving Sunday). Payment is by a regular Yoga Loft pass, but you do need to enroll specifically for this class rather than come by drop-in, because it involves participation between class and a specific learning sequence. Please email me or hit “reply” to this newsletter (your response will come to me) to register.

Yoga Loft passes are 5 or 10 classes; you can buy a five-class and pay drop-in rate for the last three, or buy a ten-class pass and attend any two other classes at the Loft (including the Wednesday evening ATM of course). If you already have a pass, just use that one for this class! You will be able to access all the materials on-line for the class you missed.

New newsletter setup and website functions

Kinesophics Newsletter

I have been making changes on kinesophics.com, including a new newsletter system and a blog. The newsletter is now specifically for local announcements about classes and workshops. I’m sending this issue to my whole mailing list; if you would like to continue to receive the newsletter, please go to the website to subscribe — look for the spot on the right-hand side of the page where you can enter your email to subscribe. If you are from my Saskatchewan or Toronto mailing lists, and it isn’t so useful to receive such notices, just do nothing and you won’t receive another newsletter again.

Kinesophics Blog

I’m now using a “blog” on kinesophics.com for longer thoughts and musings. You can find my blog on the site by clicking here. The blogging is interactive–you can leave comments, participate in, and create conversation! If you are accustomed to using rss feeds, you can get an rss feed to be informed of any changes to the site, or specifically for the blog postings.

Best wishes for a flexible fall,
Lynette