• Alexander Yanai Vol 1
  • Reel 3, Track 3, Lesson 2 (according to Eva Laser
  • Reel 3, Track 3, Lesson 2, Side A (IFF)
  • Duration 41 min.


  • This short video is a visual reminder of AY 35. Someone else might interpret the movement you see with the words in a different manner. The words written sometimes are verbatim, sometimes close to verbatim and sometimes my interpretation of the words that are written by Moshé Feldenkrais. — Ute Müller

Lesson Outline

  • I abbreviated “see-saw breathing” to “C-saw.” I altered the steps from Moshe’s text lesson. Also, I omitted Steps No. 6-7 (C-saw in sitting), and Steps No. 10-15 (C-saw prone with hands on shoulder blades, supine propped on elbows, supine holding foot with opposite hand, supine crunched with forearms around knees, and pelvis lifted).
  • 1. Supine, stand feet. Do C-saw, lightly and independently of breathing.
    – Expand abdomen forward / slide chest downward and back.
    * Make the roundness of abdomen all around yourself, front and back.
    – Draw abdomen back / expand chest.
    * Make the roundness of chest all around yourself, front and back.
  • 2. R side. Do C-saw lightly in this position.
    – Sense the rolling of your bones along the floor.
    – Sense the movement of your shoulders, R and L.
  • 3. Other side as (2). L side-lying.
  • 4. Supine. Feet standing. Interlace fingers and lift head.
    – While head is lifted, lightly C-saw. Sense rolling of your bones along floor.
  • 5. Supine. Feet standing. R arm on floor above head.
    – While head is lifted, lightly C-saw.
    – What’s different in comparing R and L side?
    – R shoulder blade pinned.
    – Ribs on L side are working.
    – Now extend L leg and continue C-saw. How does it work on ab and chest? L hip to R shoulder.
    – Stand L leg. Change arms. Continue C-saw.
  • 6. Prone.
    – Extend R arm. C-saw. Press with R-side chest and L-side ab against the floor when chest expands.
    – Change arms. Extend L arm. C-saw. Press with L-side chest and R-side ab against the floor when chest expands.
    – Both arms up. C-saw. Use the floor.
    – Both arms up with toes for running & straighten knees. C-saw. Spine move forward toward floor and back toward ceiling?
  • 7. R side-lie. Lengthen R arm and bend R leg. L leg long.
    – Lift head w/ L hand; lift L leg at the same time. Stay lifted like that. C-saw.
  • 8. Other side. L side-lie. Lengthen L arm and bend L leg. R leg long.
    – Lift head w/ R hand; lift R leg at the same time. Stay lifted like that. C-saw.
  • 9. Supine. Both legs stand and cross R leg over L. One hand hold one elbow and the other holds the other.
    – Sink knees to R, while moving arms and head to the L. Stay; C-saw.
  • 10. Other side. Cross L leg over R. Cross arms as before.
    – Sink knees to L, while moving arms and head to the R. Stay; C-saw.
  • 11. Prone. Sphinx.: Prop self on elbows, palms down. Toes for running. Raise R hand in air, toward ceiling, and look at it. C-saw.
  • 12. Other side. Raise L hand in air, look at it, and C-saw. – yayfay Mar 16, 2018

Focus of Moshe’s Teaching

  • Moshe says, toward the end of the lesson: ‘During all these movements, you noticed that every small change in your body’s configuration altered the action. . . . Your breathing mechanism is sensitive to every movement and every configuration of your body. The only way to breathe well is to create conditions where the person begins to feel and discern all the parts that participate in breathing . . . so in every situation, the person can breathe according to the demands of the body’s configuration or the activities’ demands. A person won’t breathe by knowing that “this is the correct way to breathe.” In another moment it will not be correct. There are so many muscles, bones, and internal organs. All of them need to organize so the amount of air that comes in and goes out fits the demands of the body.’
  • [and then he suggested a kind of breathing that resembles mindfulness – just to concentrate in air going into the nostrils and air going out]

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