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When you know you need a change, but you’re not sure where to get started...
The Houstonia had a recent article about the Feldenkrais Method. "“No stretching, no pushing, no trying.” That’s the refrain of instructor MaryBeth Smith as she leads a half dozen students through the Feldenkrais Method in a drafty room inside the Jung Center. Smith speaks in a soft, even tone, offering just enough instruction to keep me focused and mindful."
"it’s like anti-yoga. And yet at the end of each series, Smith directs us to return to lying flat and feel how the pattern of pressure of our bodies against the floor has changed." Click to read how.
Do You Know Where Your Fingers Are?
Lavinia Plonka writes, "The other day, I was teaching a lesson that put the hand into what some people call "backbend" position, a term which is unfamiliar for many. So I suggested that people place the hand on the floor with the fingers pointing toward the shoulder.
One woman had her fingers placed exactly right. However, she said, "That's impossible! I can't point my fingers toward my shoulders! They're pointed towards the wall!" (click to read what happened next!)
Connecting Phenomenology and Anatomy
Matt Zepellin writes, "approaching stillness in meditation can be greatly helped through the kind of anatomical-phenomenological practice methods..." and so in connecting Phenomenology and Anatomy, he coined the word, "Phenomanatomical", which opens the discussion of "the role of scientifically derived information and imagery in phenomenological practice." Zeppelin identifies certain paradoxes in direct experience of anatomy, including how one can be mindful when direct experience is not possible. Click to read more.