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Your Sixth Sense: Boone, NC

May 4 - 7, Boone, NC. Your Sixth Sense: The Key To Joyful Living with Lavinia Plonka.

 On the Sixth Sense Retreat you will experience a nurturing, delightful exploration of your possibilities and be guided on a joyful journey to the self. Through the renowned Feldenkrais Method® and Alba Method you will be more in tune with your body, awaken your kinesthetic senses and enjoy enhanced vitality. You will gain greater self-awareness and self-expression and learn to “sense” yourself from how your feet hit the ground to how your eyes receive the world. Return home refreshed, relaxed and more present to receive the life you deserve.

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The Journey Within (January, 2017)

Jan 16 - 20. The Journey Inward. Valladolid, Mexico. 

Enjoy the sights, get healthy and learn Feldenkrais during this 4th Annual Yucatan workshop. We are excited to invite you to Valladolid to indulge yourself in a Feldenkrais intensive as well as enjoy a consciousness shift in the laid back local culture. There are a variety of places and prices for your stay. 

The Journey Inward is a process that guides us in developing a deeper connection to our thinking, sensing, feeling and moving. Participants will be guided in this process using the innovative and unique movement sequences of the Feldenkrais Method®. Your Guide, Diana Razumny is an internationally certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Trainer. Diana’s playfulness and love of movement give a special quality to her teaching.

Valladolid, in central Mexico, is half way between Cancun and Merida. Learn about this cool little village rich with culture.  
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2017 Resolutions

Happy New YearMy colleague, MaryBeth Davison Smith connected many of our ideas of the New Year with the ways of growth and accomplishment in the Feldenkrais Method:

Many people begin a new year with big plans. In true Feldenkrais fashion, though, I would encourage you to make a small plan. Something very modest. Something you are pretty sure you can accomplish within a couple of weeks: small-ish. Perhaps 

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Become a Super Ager

suer Aging(From NYTimes, Dec 31, 2016) Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. My father-in-law, a retired doctor, is 83 and he still edits books and runs several medical websites.

 Why do some older people remain mentally nimble while others decline? “Superagers” (a term coined by the neurologist Marsel Mesulam) are those whose memory and attention isn’t merely above average for their age, but is actually on par with healthy, active 25-year-olds.

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Improve the Flexibility in your Knees

Sandra Bradshaw writes,

If You Can’t Bend Your Knees You’re Hooped

Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, curling, ice skating and skiing all require soft knees. To walk safely on ice your also need soft knees to place your feet firmly on the ground. If you suffer from arthritis knees often take a hit as both standing and walking become laborious.

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It Matters Why it Works

Todd Hargrove asks, "Why exactly does someone feel better after massage? Or acupuncture? Or foam rolling? Or a chiropractic adjustment, or wearing K-tape, or doing mobility drills, or a hamstring stretch?"

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Through one movement, we change many things

Mia SegalMaster Feldenkrais teacher, Mia Segal, shares her teaching of a short lesson which provides delightful changes in only 11 minutes. This was taught to a group of people which allows you to see the varieties of ways that people interpreted the same directions.

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The Ground Beneath the Sky Above: Ajijic, Mexico

March 5-12. Ajijic, Mexico. The Ground Beneath the Sky Above a transformative Feldenkrais retreat

Slow down Mexico style and dive into the rich underground of your life... 

Together we will weave an experience that allows insights and changes throughout your entire being. Private retreat center outside of Ajijic, Mexico. Seven nights of bliss, 22 hours of facilitation, one day at the healing hot springs and one entirely free day for local culture.

Instructors Cynthia Allen and Larry Wells have a rich background in leading workshops and retreats.
For more information, click here. 

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The Alchemy of Movement and Presence

January 14 - 21.  It’s Like Magic! The Alchemy of Movement and Presence. In Florida with Lavinia Plonka..

Webster’s defines alchemy as “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.”  
This workshop will help you unlock the hidden patterns you carry: in your posture, facial expressions, breath, 
even your gestures, empowering your personal transformation.

Combining Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, Alba Method explorations, Cortical Field Re-integration, the arts and much, much more, you will come away enriched and inspired.

Lavinia and Judy will bring their combined years of study and teaching in a a powerful synthesis of embodiment practices. You will not find this combination of ideas and training anywhere else in the world.
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Holding on, When its time has passed

A recent commercial highlights how we hold on to things, and our difficulty in letting go: A skydiving woman holding a sewing machine. It is an outrageous thought. And yet we all hold on to things long past our need for them, even in situations where holding them is potentially risky. Further, it is also very difficult to even consider letting them go. A delightful video! Of course, there is an app that "makes it easy". Maybe in the real world, the Feldenkrais Method is the "app".

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Precision and Attention to Detail

Old Wood WorkerThis old man man making gorgeous boxes is absolutely sublime! 

He is a complete master at woodworking and marquetry. And the only things more incredible than watching his progress are his finished products.

Learn About the Method

ATM ClassFeldenkrais Trainer and Professional Training Program Director, David Zemach-Bersin, Teaches an Awareness Through Movement Lesson, includes an introduction preceding, and an explanation following. This lesson was given live at a recent Introductory Workshop held by the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs. 

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Kayak Cuba

February 3-10, 2017 KAYAK CUBA! "Paddle Power" Feldenkrais Retreat

Sea Kayak beautiful aquamarine bays of the Caribbean Sea, 8 Day/7 Night

Enjoy Feldenkrais & Bones for Life "Paddle Power" Group & Individual Movement Sessions with Shari Lee while awash in sunshine, captivated by turquoise bays, white sand beaches, magical lagoons dappled with islands & majestic mountain lakes.  Snorkel crystal clear waters, splash in waterfalls & swim in natural pools for a refreshing dip. 
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Other Offerings by Shari Lee

Shari Lee's Travel Offerings

Galapagos Feldenkrais® & Bones for Life® Retreat & Eco-Adventure

Evolution of Movement - from Wild to Mild! November 17-24, 2017

Relax...Revive...Restore and Explore Machu Picchu & More! Discover Peru's Living Traditions & Remote Ruins with Shari Lee on this FELDENKRAIS®, Bones for Life® & Walk For Life® Retreat & Eco-Adventure November 9-15, 2017

Visit http://www.FeldenkraisJourneys.com/past-trips.html to see where we've been!

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Introduction to the Method - Chicago

Myra Ping, a Feldenkrais practitioner in Chicago, says that when teens and adults come to her they often describe having a problem moving one part of their body, sometimes accompanied by pain. “The traditional medical model looks directly at the area that the individual perceives as the problem, while Feldenkrais work is a whole-body experience,” she says. “The root of the movement dysfunction, such as a stiff neck, may come from the way the person is positioning their whole trunk or the way they are sitting on their pelvis or the way they are positioning their knees when they are standing.”

She explains that Feldenkrais work helps to peel away the layers of restricted movement habits that have come as a result of injury, illness or the emotional or physical stresses of everyday life so that people can move more freely and with a sense of wonder, the way they did as a young children.

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Continuous Standing to lying clock

Standing to Lying clockThis video of six people forming a wheel or clock, slowly going from lying to standing and back to lying down \ is fascinating... and a bit hypnotic. Click to view (in facebook) 

 

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