This year (2017) we are exploring Alexander Yanai lessons. These are lessons Dr. Feldenkrais taught at his studio on Alexander Yanai Street in Tel Aviv, Israel from the early 1950s to late 1970s. There are 550 of these lessons. What’s fascinating is that he had the foresight to record all of these lessons. They were eventually transcribed and translated from Hebrew into English and then formatted and made available to us as Feldenkrais Practitioners. I have taken it as a project to go through every one of the 550 lessons. As I do, I make a list of ones I think will be suitable for my class at the Longmont Senior Center. This is a recording of my introductory talk to my group on the 3rd of January, 2017.
This lesson creates a powerful ease and openness through the entire chest and back. Movements of the spine through the chest help to differentiate ribs and vertebra.
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In this lesson, the excitation of the optic nerve is calmed allowing for the emergence of blackness in the visual field when the eyes are covered.
This lesson cultivates a twist through the torso coordinating the flexors and extensors. Alternately expanding the chest and abdomen improves the twisting.
The hands drape over the head to hold it while you explore many ways of twisting through the spine. The result is tremendous freedom of the neck and spine.
By working in various positions and turning the heel or heels out to sides, you begin to cultivate agility in the ankles and lower legs.
This lesson is an exploration of the movements of flexion. This creates length in the front of us and eases the muscular work of the back.