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 is an exploration of the movements of flexion. This creates length in the front of us and eases the muscular work of the back.
This lesson cultivates a twist through the torso coordinating the flexors and extensors. Alternately expanding the chest and abdomen improves the twisting.
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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 has many variations of circling the pelvis. It is great for freeing the hip joints and lower back while integrating the spine and the head.
By exploring many ways of painting imaginary lines with your feet, you enhance their awareness and create ease in your hip joints and lower back.