It's Our Birthday and We Hope You'll
Celebrate With Us on April 3rd!
New ATM Series Starts Next Week
Intro Workshop This Thursday
Earlybird Deadline is TODAY for 'Face Lift' with Tamala 
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Birthday Event
This Thursday: Intro to the Feldenkrias Method
Earlybird Deadline TODAY for Next Week's Face Lift
Special 6 week ATM Series: Breathing
March 29th: New Perspectives on Yoga
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We have a lot of exciting events coming up. So many, in fact, that despite the almost novel-length of this e-mail there's even more to tell you. Want to know what I'm talking about? Keep reading....


The Feldenkrais Institute of New York was born seven years ago next month. You might remember our sixth birthday celebration where we gathered your generous support to benefit those affected by the then recent Tsunami in Japan. We felt really good being generous on our birthday (and we hope you did, too). So we're doing something similar this year, but we'll be helping organizations much closer to home that are directly involved with the Feldenkrais Method. Please join us at our birthday party on Tuesday, April 3rd.  We'd love to see you there. All the details are below.  


This Thursday Marek will teach Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method. Not just for first-timers, if you have questions or are curious to know more, Marek will illuminate principles that underlie the Feldenkrais Method. If someone you know might benefit from Feldenkrais, discount coupons good for $10.00 off the registration fee for the Intro workshop are still available at our front desk (for new clients only). More details and registration information may be found below.

Tamala will bring you A Feldenkrais Face Lift next Tuesday, the 20th. As you may know, Tamala is a very popular teacher and she's exploring a subject no one else at the Feldenkrais Institute has taken on before. It's sure to be a thought-provoking and rejuvenating evening you won't want to miss. To take advantage of the earlybird rate, you must register online or by phone, before midnight TONIGHT. (More details and a link to register online are below.)


The folks who attended last week's workshop, Balance and Power Through Breath, taught by Kathy Yates, were so excited by what they learned that they demanded more.  We listened, and we've created an opportunity for you to get just as excited as they are. Beginning next week, Kathy is going to teach a six-week series of Feldenkrais breathing ATMs on Monday nights.  This special series will not be part of our unlimited ATM or membership packages.  You can save by registering for the entire series in advance.  Don't miss the details in the article below.   


Ever thought you might like to try yoga but found yourself held back by something?  Or, maybe you gave it a try and either hurt yourself or felt out of place in a class full of people who seemed way more flexible or energetic than you?  Guest instructor, Carol Kress, will lead New Perspectives on Yoga Through the Feldenkrais Method on Thursday, the 29th. Carol will teach you how to take the gentle, easy path you've learned from doing Feldenkrais and apply it to a yoga class. In a recent e-mail exchange about the upcoming workshop she said, "My hope would be that people come because they delight in learning and not based on what [yoga pose] will be explored." So, all you "learners," come see what yoga looks like through a Feldenkrais lens! Details are below. 


Well, if you've made it this far, you deserve a medal. (And the best parts are still to come!)  In the first paragraph, I let on that we've got even more to let you know about. Here it is: this July, we're thrilled to bring you a program we've never offered before. Check your e-mail box later this week for more information. (Oh, okay, if you simply can't wait, click here.


To sign up online for any of our daily ATM classes, click here. To purchase books and audio programs, click here.These links are also accessible via our website.


As always, thanks so much for reading.  We hope to see you soon.


All the best,


Mark Hirschfield 

Feldenkrais Institute of NY

The Feldenkrais Institute Turns 7 in April! 


The Feldenkrais Institute of New York celebrates its 7th Anniversary this year!  To celebrate, we are hosting an evening dedicated to two wonderful organizations that support the outreach of Feldenkrais to diverse populations: The Feldenkrais Foundation's Program for Elder Citizens and The Field Center for Children's Integrated Development.  In exchange for donations, we will be offering an Awareness Through Movement group lesson, wine and hors d'oeuvres and chances to win prizes, including a month's membership at the Chelsea Piers Fitness Center and Functional IntegrationSM sessions with our staff, among others.  All proceeds will be divided between the Feldenkrais Foundation and The Field Center, providing Feldenkrais to many generations of students.


Join us on April 3rd for a night of Feldenkrais and fun!  The doors will open at 6:30, and the event will begin with a group Awareness Through Movement lesson at 7:00 pm.  Family members of all ages are welcome!


Date: Tuesday, April 3rd
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $20
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute of NY
134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

If you have items or special skills that you would like to donate as prizes, please contact the Feldenkrais Institute: 212-727-1014 or ATTN: Aimee.      

This Thursday!


Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method
with Marek WyszynskiFeldenkrais Class


Some of the underlying concepts of the Feldenkrais Method are unusual and surprising. For example, Feldenkrais exercises improve the body without stretching, or muscular effort. The movements are remarkably gentle, and done slowly, which contradicts almost every other physical exercise modality. With the Feldenkrais Method, improvements can seem to take place magically, easily, and often immediately. But why? How exactly does this remarkable form of exercise and treatment work? And, what can you do to increase it's effectiveness, and to preserve its benefits for the longest possible time?


We are excited to offer a new three-hour workshop designed to answer these fascinating questions for both the new and experienced user of the Feldenkrais Method. This special workshop will include explanation and experience for both the newcomer, and those who have already experienced the Feldenkrais Method.


Participants will:

  • Experience the physical and emotional benefits of the Feldenkrais Method.
  • Learn some underlying theory and supporting science behind the method.
  • Learn why, in a Feldenkrais exercise, less is more.
  • Discover powerful ways to support your brain's learning process.
  • Improve integration of benefits gained during a Feldenkrais exercise.
Date: Thursday, March 15th
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
Call to Register: 212-727-1014

Click Here to Register Online with a 5% Discount 
Earlybird Deadline TUESDAY!  
A Feldenkrais Face Lift

with Tamala Bakkensen


An intricate network of interconnected muscles in our face gives us the ability to express a wide range of emotions. Unfortunately, not all of our feelings are happy ones. Frequently, muscular tension caused by stressful or unhappy emotions can linger in our face, neck and jaw. Over time, these patterns of muscular tension can become habitual, and cause us to have an unnecessarily older, or worn-out appearance. 

Many of the stress lines in your face can be reduced dramatically by learning to relax the muscles in your forehead, eyes, cheeks, jaw and neck. This exciting and innovative workshop will teach you simple tools to support a younger, fresher look. Join us to explore a series of Feldenkrais lessons specifically designed for relieving facial tension.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Reduce the appearance of tension lines around your forehead, mouth and eyes.
  • Learn to recognize and release tension in your facial muscles.
  • Discover a greater ease and softness in your face.
  • Improve circulation and muscular tone.
  • Reduce headaches and jaw pain.
  • Feel more self-confident and expressive.
Date: Tuesday, March 20th
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 through Tue, March 13.
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
Special New ATM Series Begins Next Week!
Balance and Power Through Breath 
A six-week Awareness Through Movement Series
with Kathy Yates

Six Mondays: March 19, March 26, April 2,
April 9, April 16, April 23

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm   

The series will begin with a review of Kathy's recent three-hour workshop and continue in more detail with a variety of Awareness Through Movement lessons, helping participants make a significant change towards more potent breathing: greater stress reduction, improved stamina, mental clarity and joy. If you have never experienced the transformative power of Feldenkrais breath work, you won't want to miss this opportunity.   


Fee: $120 for public, $60 for members 
To register online for the entire series click here or call 212-727-1014.

If you cannot commit to all the dates listed but are interested in attending some classes, we will try to create an individual "mini-series" for you. If you are interested, write to Belinda He at for details.


Because of the special topic and limited space availability for this class, it will not be included as part of any unlimited ATM or Institute membership plan. Separate payment and registration will be required. 

We are limiting the class size to 18 participants.  Signing up for the entire series is the only way to guarantee your place, so register early to avoid disappointment.


 New Perspectives on Yoga Through the Feldenkrais Method
with Carol Kress


Some people have called Feldenkrais lessons or exercises "western yoga". From the beginning of his work, Dr. Feldenkrais was interested in yoga. With his scientific understanding of the brain and movement, he used certain asanas as a starting point for his lessons. The Awareness Through Movement lessons in this workshop are selected from those where Dr. Feldenkrais uses particular yoga postures as the subject of inquiry.


This workshop is for practitioners of yoga and anyone wishing to expand their Feldenkrais experience. For the yoga enthusiast, this workshop will shed light on how to improve the quality and ease of your practice, and how to avoid injuries. For the non-yoga enthusiast, you will experience Feldenkrais lessons leading in new directions. 


You will discover how the Feldenkrais Method uses interesting "tricks" to accelerate the learning of these postures: movement variations, new focuses of attention, non-habitual movements, new ways to move in and out of the posture and smaller steps of approach. These insights will benefit every yoga practitioner, making the postures more accessible and efficient, and offering you a process oriented approach to yoga.  Even students of modest ability will be surprised and pleased by how much they will exceed their expectations.

Date: Thursday, March 29th
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $60.00 through Thu, March 22.
Regular Tuition: $70.00
Member Tuition: $40.00
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-1014

Click Here to Register Online with a 5% Discount