Theme Beginner Lessons

 

Introductory Awareness Through Movement ® Lessons and their sources

Set 1: 24 lessons that can be the basis for a series for beginners:

1. Differentiation of Pelvic Movements by Means of an Imaginary Clock; Lesson 6; Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
2. Coordination of the Flexor Muscles and of the Extensors; Lesson 5; Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
3. The Carriage of the Head Affects the State of the Musculature; Lesson 7; Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
4. Differentiation of Parts and Functions in Breathing; Lesson 4; Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
5. The Movement of the Eyes Organizes the Movement of the Body; Lesson 10; Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
6. Relaxed Shoulders; Lesson 4; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
7. Introduction to Feldenkrais; all of David’s are appropriate; Tapes by David Zemach-Bersin and Elizabeth Berringer
8. Left Shoulder, Lying on Side; Lesson 22; Esalen 1972 Workshop, Moshe Feldenkrais
9. Integrating Whole Body with the Improved Shoulder from Lesson 22; Lesson 23; Esalen 1972 Workshop; Moshe Feldenkrais
10. Crawling, on Knees; Lesson 25; Esalen 1972 Workshop, Moshe Feldenkrais
11.Shoulder Rotation; Lesson 10; Esalen 1972 Workshop; Moshe Feldenkrais
12. Right Hip Joint. Lying Down – Raise Knee, Feet, Head and Shoulders; Lesson 5; Esalen 1972 Workshop; Moshe Feldenkrais
13. Awareness and Differentiation of Toes; Lesson 27; Esalen 1972 Workshop; Moshe Feldenkrais
14. Foot/Hip Discrimination; Lesson 15; Esalen 1972 Workshop; Moshe Feldenkrais
15. Easy Flexibility; Lesson 1; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
16. Low Back Comfort; Lesson 2; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
17. A Healthy Spine; Lesson 3; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
18. Your Power Center; Lesson 5; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
19. Aligning Your Body; Lesson 6; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
20. Full Breathing; Lesson 7; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
21. Flexible Feet; Lesson 8; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
22. Face & Jaw Treatment; Lesson 9; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
23. Relaxed Eyesight; Lesson 10; Relaxercize; David Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese
24. Extensors; Lesson 2 (page 5); Awareness Through Movement ® Evening Classes, 1976 San Francisco; Moshe Feldenkrais

Good places to find introductory lessons is

  1. ATM Book
  2. London Transcript
  3. Mia Segal-Gaby Yaron Evening Class Notes
  4. Rotterdam (1976)
  5. SF Evening Class Notes (1976) (Ehrman, ed; 2005)

At Amherst, Week 8, 28 July 81, p. 2 of 48, Moshe discusses why you shouldn’t teach to the general public the lessons that they are doing in the training program at that point:

  • If you did what we did in the course, you will find few people following you. And, actually, if you try a thing like that … [feeling the distance between toes and fingers], if you try what I do now with a large number of people, you’ll find that many of them will not come next time because they are confused, they don’t understand what you want and they will never … they won’t know what you’re doing. Some of them, of course, will … will thrive on it, but if you want to have a group and the group increasing, if you start with a thing like that, pfuh. (Thanks Alfons!)

He goes on to show a simple flexors lesson, demonstrating how you can emphasize to people the powerful results of the fundamental ideas of Feldenkrais in the context of a larger movement.

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