Yoga Teacher Fired for Telling Facebook Employee no texting same would go for a feldenkrais exercise class
Awareness Through Movement and Yoga Classes
Too lame to even fathom. This is what the world has come to; People are so disconnected from themsleves that they exercise their petty powers over others when they get slightly jilted instead of alloqing change to occur. When you do a Feldenkrais awareness through movement lesson, or a yoga class or any other modality that requires that you stay focused on your body, your breath and your thoughts, you cannot expect to be able to send and SMS or an email or surf the web for gods sake!
Wake up people, you want to be more connected to your body and yet you want to keep all your habits and not change. How can you expect to change anything if you are unwilling to act in a new way?
“At least one Facebook employee couldn’t put down her cell phone in June, even when the yoga teacher made a point of asking students to stop texting during class.Alice Van Ness was teaching a yoga class.”
These are the kind of stories which make you realize that we are really becoming adicted to our small day to day routines that are in the end destroying us from the inside. Step away from yourself and your habbits and give yourself the luxury of choice, Stop reacting and start acting.
The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is about playing and experimenting on ourselves using movement as a means to get to know ourselves better.
Our body image is a map of the terrain that we are consciously aware of. It is often very distorted and incomplete.
Moshe Feldenkrais developed movement lessons that he termed Awareness Through Movement to expand and fill out our body image.
They are small, slow playful movements that take us on a journey of awareness and show us where we are “stuck”. Often we cannot at first do the movements demanded of us and think them to be impossible, but with repetition and exploring soon they become easy to perform and we end up being able to do them in a fluid and graceful manner.
At first this method appears to be counter intuitive; we imagine that we have to forcefully stretch to gain flexibility, but the reality is that the muscle tonus that restricts our range of motion is controlled by our brain and we can teach it to let go without stretching.
If you have never heard of the Feldenkrais Method and would like to try out some of these mysterious movement lessons developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais you can visit a website that has many lessons recorded on MP3 and available for download so that you can do them at home.
You should remember to do these is a slow non strenuous manner and not try and go as far as you can. If after doing a few of these you find that you are getting benefit from them, then I advise you to attend a live class given by a Feldenkrais practitioner near you as you will be in an environment where the Feldenkrais practitioner will be observing all the students and will be able to tailor the class to the group’s needs.
The resource called Open ATM was created to allow people to experience Feldenkrais movement lessons even if they do not have access to a Feldenkrais practitioner. They have been put at the disposal of the general public in the spirit of the open source moevment, hence the name of the site Open ATM.
The Feldenkrais Method For Rural India
I was in the hills of south India last week speaking to a farmer. His wife had recently suffered from a bout of lower back pain. They had gone down the hills to the nearest big city with a hospital to get her seen by a doctor.
The doctor had her take an x-ray of the lower back and prescribed some pain killers and anti-inflamatory pills. The farmer asked me to look at her x-ray as I am an Osteopath and he knew that. I looked and the x-rays of the woman’s lumbar vertebrae and found that the spine was in good shape.
This is sadly what is often the outcome of these x-rays, they come out showing that nothing is wrong with the spine and the sciatic pain that this woman was suffering from could be the result of a myriad different things. Perhaps an MRI would have revealed that a disc was slightly impinging on one of her nerve roots, but that would do noting for getting her well again.
I told the farmer that exercises, to be more precise Feldenkrais awareness through movement exercises would be beneficial and would help her deal with the symptoms of her “sciatica”. But how could I start giving a lesson in English to the farmer’s wife who did not understand a word of English.
Woman in India wear a dress called a Sari which you can see in the image above. It is challenging to perform an awareness through movement lesson in a Sari, but nor impossible. That is when I realized how much the Feldenkrais method was needed in rural India and decided that I should try and create lessons in the local languages to help out the rural population who do not have access to such luxuries as the Feldenkrais method.
The Internet has helped make Feldenkrais awareness through movement, ATM lessons available to people who otherwise would not have had access to the method, but most of the world does not yet have access to the Internet. This is why it is important to find a way to bring these valuable lessons in movement created by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais to those who need it most.
Let us see if this dream materializes and becomes one day a reality. India is a nation of 1.2 billion souls and could benefit greatly from Moshe’s genius. To read more on the Feldenkrais method click here.
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I have been looking for a device to record myself giving awareness through movement classes. I had been given an Olympus Dictaphone but the quality of the sound was not good. There was too much background noise.
I recalled that a few practitioners had mentioned some expensive devices, but after extensive research I cam up with two models that shine above the rest for the price you pay.
So after doing my research online, I came up with two first class recorder made by a company called Tascam. The first recorder is the Tascam DR-05 and this one will cost you 79.77$ on Amazon.com to buy.
Then there is the newer Tascam DR-2D which is pictured on the right and below left which will set you back 149.94$ at the time of writing this post when bought on Amazon.com.
I decided to go for the DR-2D recorder as it offered a lot of advanced recording features as well as better microphones than the cheaper entry level version DR-05. The DR-05 has excellent reviews on Amazon as would also have done a great job.
I consider both these recorders to be suitable for Feldenkrais practitioners who want to record themselves giving an ATM. They both can be fitted onto a tripod to be in an optimal position to pick up the sound.
The DR-2D Tascam solid state recorder is a new sturdily build recorder that comes with a handy remote control. There were initial issues with it consuming a lot of batteries, but this has been taken care of by a firmware update.
The firmware update can be downloaded from the Tascam site if need be. If you have any plans to buy a device to record you ATMs, then look at the DR-05 and DR-2D by Tascam. You can read all the reviews on Amazon.com and make up your own mind if they can fulfill your requirements. Happy recording.