In school, we want “eyes up here, ears up here,” basically because we want longer and more focused attention. But attention doesn’t just come from training the brain to focus outside of oneself. Attention is a two-way street from the brain and the body. We must teach children to be present within themselves to know how to be more present with others. This type of mindfulness is a science and one of the most fundamental natures of the body and how sensation influences the brain. Children are bundles of sensation. Teach them an awareness of these sensations, and they will understand themselves better, and how they can use their body to understand how they think. Development is a function of both the body and the brain. Teach it, and you will improve grades and social behavior, but more importantly, you will give the children a tool that will improve their quality of happiness for years to come. We must teach children not to have all their attention focused outside of themselves to learn. This video lesson is the first step to teaching attention, a dual attention both inside oneself and “out there.”
Al Wadleigh is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm, practicing in Madrid and Cerrillos, New Mexico. Al works with clients one-on-one, teaches Awareness Through Movement® classes, and presents in and sponsors Feldenkrais workshops. His background includes extensive training in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and NLP, seminar and workshop design and promotion, and a degree in Psychology.He created and designed the website, The Feldenkrais Store.com to be the best source for media and information pertaining to the Feldenkrais Method®. Just as each private session with Al is composed of guided movements that are unique to each client, Al also designs classes and workshops to achieve group outcomes for increasing flexibility, strength, and ease of movement.He is presently teaching classes at the Cerrillos in Motion in Cerrillos, New Mexico. He also works with people privately at Madrid Healing Arts Studio on Mondays and at Cerrillos in Motion other days of the week.Al lives with his wife Sarah, a clinical herbalist, in their funky loft in Madrid, New Mexico.