Yoga Spinal Twist: The Feldenkrais Version

As a yoga pose, Spinal Twist offers all sorts of benefits. From gaia.com, Spinal Twist "encourages movement and mobility in your spine and vertebrae; massages, stretches, and tones your internal organs; improves your digestion; stretches your chest, shoulders, lower back, hips, middle spine and your upper back; alleviates pain or stiffness in your lower back, spine and hips." As a movement in an Awareness Through Movement class or a Functional Integration lesson, even more benefits can be found from the same idea. 

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The Psychological Impact of Posture

There was a great little article recently in the New York Times, "Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture - and Your Mood", that reminded me of a conversation I had with a new client a couple of months ago. Working together, we figured out that her lower back pain was coming from the hunch she held herself in, and a really important question came up while looking at how to come out of that hunch. "What are your thoughts and your approach on the emotional impact of not hunching?"

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An Open Letter from a Feldenkrais Teacher to Her Students and Teaching Community

This evening I read a piece that made my heart hurt, and before I write anything else, I want to say this. Kristin (and anyone else who has been in a situation similar to Kristin's), I am so sorry that your teacher was not present enough to realize the harm they were doing, and then to not be able to guide you through your flashback and ground you again.

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How I Became a Feldenkrais Practitioner

Hi! I'm Rachel. I live in Seattle, and I adore countless things about it, but most especially how stunningly beautiful it is on a sunny day, any time of year. I'm a movement nerd, an avid blues dancer, one of those people who can't stand e-readers because she craves the feeling and smell of a real book, a coffee drinker (but never Starbucks - proof of a true Seattle coffee snob), and an introvert who loves people. 

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