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.
This lesson cultivates a twist through the torso coordinating the flexors and extensors. Alternately expanding the chest and abdomen improves the twisting.
An integration essential for crawling, walking, and many other daily movements
A simple and intriguing lesson filled with detailed awarenesses with lots of space for sensing your personal experience while integrating the movements of the shoulders with the head, and the movements of the hip with the head and the shoulders.
Separate and integrate the movements of your eyes, jaw, head, and knees. Eash TMJ issues and discover new freedom of movement in the neck and shoulders.
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.
A Lesson to Improve Flexion
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.