Spontaneous Summer 
TOMORROW: Summer Spine Essentials Part 1; 
(Earlybird Deadline for Part 2 is also tomorrow) 
Earlybird Deadline Thursday: Hip Hips, Hooray! with Connie
Coming on the 31st: Posture with Zoe
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Summer Spine Essentials
Hip Hips, Hooray! Earlybird Deadline Thursday
Posture: July 31st
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We had quite a crowd over the past four days for our first-ever ATM Intensive. Feldenkrais Institute co-founders, Marek Wyszynski and David Zemach-Bersin taught Awareness Through Movement for five hours on each of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those attendees I spoke with were very enthusiastic. We'll likely do more intensives in the future--we'll let you know when.


Last week I promised I'd write in today's newsletter about our theme for July--Spontaneity. I've done that in my latest blog post where I cleverly tie-in my upcoming Summer Spine Essentials workshops. (Okay, you be the judge as to whether or not my tie-in's "clever" or not.) If you'd like to read the post, click here. The first of the three Summer Spine Essentials workshops is tomorrow night. And tomorrow is also the earlybird deadline for next week's Summer Spine Essentials workshop. Sign up for any or all of the workshops with the link below.


This Thursday is the earlybird deadline for Hip Hips, Hooray! with Connie Rotunda.  On July 19th, Connie will be here for the first of two related workshops on improving the flexibility and function of your hip joints. Even though Connie's my wife, I'm not biased--honestly! As I said last week, Connie has a very gentle and poetic style of teaching Feldenkrais. With Connie, you'll learn about yourself in the context of learning about your hip joints. The July 19th evening will be followed-up with a day-long Saturday workshop on August 4th. All the details are below.


On Tuesday, July 31st, Zoe will bring you her insight into Posture. Posture is a topic we're revisiting several times this year. When we ask people what aspect of themselves they'd like to improve, "posture," is among the most common responses. Each of us who teach at The Feldenkrais Institute has a slightly different perspective on how to become more aware of and improve your posture. Come learn what Zoe has to offer on the subject on the 31st. Details are below.  


Ruthy Alon's CD set, The Grammar of Spontaneity, Part I, is the July Product of the Month. It's a great set of Awareness Through Movement lessons and you can get the set at a discount this month. Details are below.


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


Three Tuesdays in July

TOMORROW: Part 1, and Earlybird Deadline for Part 2

Summer Spine Essentials 

with Mark Hirschfield



July 10-Twisting, Turning, and Side-Bending (Rotation and Lateral Flexion) 

July 17-Forward and Back (Flexion/Extension)

July 24-Putting it All Together


The spine is a beautiful and complex structure, comprising 24 bones that work in harmony to support all your movement. Improving your ability to use your spine can lead to greater comfort not only in your neck and back, but also in your hips, knees, ankles, and feet.  A healthy, well-organized spine can make all of your movements seem effortless and more enjoyable.

In Summer Spine Essentials, you will use Feldenkrais exercises to integrate the movements of your spine, creating a strong yet free central axis to support everything you do.  Join Mark to experience the sublime freedom that a well-functioning spine can offer.

We recommend that you attend all three workshops if possible, but each evening will provide benefit on its own.

Participants will learn:

  • How to organize your spine for greater ease in standing, sitting, and walking.
  • How to avoid the unconscious postural patterns which can lead to injury and cause back pain.
  • How to increase flexibility in all your bending and turning movements.
  • Effective exercises to help you to maintain vitality and ease in your spine, and through out your body.

Each evening can be taken on its own

but you'll have the best experience if you attend all three!


Date: Three Tuesdays, July 10th, 17th and 24th
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm each evening
Early Bird Tuition$50.00; for Part 2 through Tue, July 10; for Part 3 through Tue, July 17.
Regular Tuition: $60.00 for each part
Member Tuition: $30.00 for each part
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 727-1014


Earlybird Deadline for Part 1 Thursday!
Hip Hips, Hooray!
Two Feldenkrais Workshops to Increase the
Flexibility and Function of Your Hips 
with Connie Rotunda


Nestled within your pelvis, your hip joints play a vital role in your body's comfort and function. As our body's largest weight-bearing joints, their organization in relation to the rest of our body, is very important. When they are functioning efficiently, our hip joints support the stability and flexibility of our upper body, and absorb the force transmitted through our skeleton as we sit, stand and walk. When our hip joints do notfunction well or easily, we experience inflammation and discomfort.  Each year, close to 200,000 Americans have hip joint replacement surgery. With better organization of the hip-joints, many surgeries can be avoided.

In these special Feldenkrais workshops, you will learn effective exercises to improve the organization of your hips in relation to the rest of your body, increase your stability and flexibility, and improve the comfort and function of your hip joints.

Participants will learn:

  • How to establish a healthy, protective relationship between your hips, knees and ankles.
  • How integrating the movement of your neck, chest and shoulders with your hip-joints, can help them to support and keep you balanced.
  • Useful tips for supporting the spine and keeping it flexible.

We recommend attending both workshops, but each one will stand on its own.


Date: Thursday, July 19th; Saturday August 4th
Times: Thursday, July 19th: 6:30 - 9:30 pm; Saturday, August 4th: Noon - 5:30 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 for Part 1 through Tue, July 12; $90.00 for Part 2 through Sat, July 28.
Regular Tuition: $60.00 for Part 1; $110.00 for Part 2
Member Tuition: $30.00 for Part 1; 20% off for Part 2
Location: 134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor


Click Here to Register Online with a 5% Discount 




Feldenkrais Perspectives for Better Alignment

with Zoe Schieber






Posture matters.  Posture is the way we organize our skeleton and musculature to carry ourselves through life. Our posture can have a profound impact on our comfort, mobility, and basic sense of self. Good posture allows us to move and function with ease, stability, flexibility, and comfort.


But, many of us develop poor posture, which can worsen with time. We are often unaware of our postural habits, until we feel tension, pain and discomfort. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais created many Awareness Through Movement exercises which offer specific and innovative strategies for improving posture. ATM uses the remarkable quality of our brain called 'neuro-plasticity', to quickly change our postural habits.


In this special Feldenkrais workshop, you will:

  • Improve your skeletal alignment.
  • Learn how to improve your posture in both sitting and standing.
  • Develop an awareness of your postural tendencies and how to change them.
  • Discover how dynamic our posture is, and how easily it can improve.
  • Learn how ATM exercises can help you to feel and look great.


Date: Tuesday, July 31st
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 through Tue, July 24.
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor


Click Here to Register Online with a 5% Discount


July Product of the Month
The Grammar of Spontaneity Volume 1 with Ruthy Alon

 Use discount code SPONT712 at checkout for 10% off!