TMJ Health - Tomorrow Night
Dynamic Sitting - Earlybird Thursday
Making the Impossible Possible - Earlybird Saturday 
Walking Better - in Two Weeks 
In This Issue
Tomorrow Night: TMJ Health
Earlybird Deadline Thursday!
Dynamic Sitting
Earlybird Deadline Saturday!
2 Days of Advanced ATM
Walking Better, Step by Step
April Product of the Month
NEW! Community Class
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I had a great time skiing. I've skied on better snow (although it wasn't bad) and the weather was great. It was warm. As I skied I was again reminded of how grateful I am to have found the Feldenkrais Method. If you want my personal take on how Feldenkrais can be used for self-improvement and how I've used it to improve my skiing, take a look at my latest blog post.  


We have a lot going on this weekTomorrow is TMJ Health: Time to Feel Better with Tamala.  If you suffer from frequent headaches, grind your teeth while sleeping, or experience discomfort in your jaw, this is the workshop for you. Or, if you're a singer or actor, TMJ lessons can help you improve your connection with your vocal channel to make singing and speaking more clear and effortless. Tamala's Face Lift workshop received rave reviews a couple of weeks ago so take advantage of this opportunity to experience Tam's thoughtful teaching tomorrow night.   


The earlybird deadline for Zo�'s workshop, Dynamic Sitting, is this Thursday. Whether or not you experience discomfort in sitting, exploring your seated body dynamics can be the cornerstone to a healthier, happier back. We all sit...a lot. Join Zo� next week to learn how you can sit with greater ease and comfort. You'll be surprised at what else will improve as a result!

Don't let the word "Advanced" scare you off. While David's Making the Impossible Possible... workshop is not for real beginners, he is such a detailed and mindful teacher, that if you feel you have some facility with Awareness Through Movement, you'll really enjoy these two days of doing ATMs. David always works with a theme or sometimes a couple of related themes and the weekend will leave you not only feeling better but with a sense that you've added to your self-image and accomplished something meaningful. The earlybird deadline for David's workshop is this coming Saturday. As always, nothing will be repeated from David's previous Advanced ATM workshops. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity.


Our product of the month for April is Moving Out of Pain with Mark Reese, recommended by our Administrative Director and Faculty ATM teacher, Belinda He.  It will be available for 15% off in April only.  See below for details and a link to purchase the CD-set online.  


Don't forget our new weekly community class on Wednesdays at 4 pm that Belinda began teaching last week.  This class has a suggested fee of $10, but all students are invited to pay-what-you-can, and no one will be turned away.  If cost has been keeping you from class, then come by any Wednesday at 4:00 pm to gain all the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method.  


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

TMJ Health: Time to Feel Better


Tuesday, April 10th
with Tamala Bakkensen 




Do you experience pain or tenderness in your jaw, ears, eyes or face? Do you suffer frequent headaches or have discomfort while chewing? You may be suffering from a very common condition known as 'TMJ syndrome'. This phrase refers to discomfort in our jaw, or temporo-mandibular joint. Attaching the lower jaw to the head, the TMJ is important because we rely on it each time we talk, smile, or eat. It's also important because the jaw is a common hiding place for problematic habits of chronic tension. Luckily, you can find quick relief from many TMJ symptoms with the Feldenkrais Method�. This special workshop will help you improve the health and comfort of your jaw, increasing your ability to relax and breathe freely. A series of gentle yet powerful Feldenkrais� exercises will help you to maintain a healthier jaw, and a happier you.

In this workshop you will:

  • Improve your comfort and appearance by reducing tension in your face and jaw.
  • Enjoy comfort and ease while chewing, talking and yawning.
  • Interrupt habitual patterns of muscular and emotional tension.
  • Learn how to stop clenching and grinding your teeth.
  • Relieve neck, shoulder and head aches due to TMJ syndrome.


Date: Tuesday, April 10

Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00  


To Register Online with a 5% Discount, click here.


Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor

Early Bird Deadline Thursday!
Dynamic Sitting


with Zoe Scheiber
Thursday, April 19th 




These days, we spend a lot of time sitting. We sit at the dining table, while traveling, while in school, while at work, and then when the day is done, many of us sit some more, to 'relax.' Sitting is not a simple activity, and when we sit the wrong way our spine is unable to support our body, forcing muscles to do the job. This results in muscular exhaustion, pain, stiffness, tension, and loss of flexibility. Learning to sit safely can make a huge difference in your everyday comfort.


This important three-hour Feldenkrais workshop features a series of remarkable Feldenkrais exercises to help you discover how to sit safely and comfortably, whether you are working at a computer, watching television or eating a meal. This workshop will give you the physical know-how to sit in a way that is dynamic, non-stressful, balanced, and empowering.


At this workshop you will:

  • Feel the difference between supported skeletal sitting and non-supported sitting.
  • Learn how supported sitting actually protects your spine, musculature and mobility.
  • Find your 'sit bones' and their relationship to the spine reducing neck, shoulder and lower back pain.
  • Learn quick easy ways to modify chairs so they can help your spine to support your body effectively.

Date: Thursday, April 19

Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 through Thu, April 12.
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00  


To Register Online with a 5% Discount, click here.


Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor

Earlybird Deadline Saturday!
Making the Impossible Possible,the Difficult Easy and the Challenging Enjoyable
Two Days of Advanced Awareness Through Movment
with David Zemach-Bersin
Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th

Dr. Feldenkrais created over one thousand fascinating Awareness Through Movement lessons. Many of them are challenging and rarely taught. Yet these lessons provide a unique opportunity to truly encounter ourselves and awaken under utilized capacities and potentials. Come spend two full days doing innovative and creative ATM lessons, and discover the extraordinary satisfaction that can come from learning successful strategies to make the difficult easy and pleasurable.


These ATM lessons will reveal the powerful hidden abilities of your brain to learn and change.


Please Note: This workshop is not an appropriate workshop for those seeking an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method�.  If you have any questions regarding the workshop and your ability to participate, please feel free to call the Feldenkrais Institute at 212-727-1014.


Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th

Times: Saturday: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Early Bird Tuition: $160.00 through Sat, April 14.
Regular Tuition: $195.00 


To Register Online with a 5% Discount, click here.


Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor


Walking Better, Step by Step


with Anat Meiri 
Tuesday, April 24th




Whether you walk for pleasure, or simply in order to move yourself from point A to point B, your comfort while walking is very important. Are your feet, ankles and knees completely comfortable as you walk? Or, do you often experience pain or discomfort in your hips or back while walking? Improving your body's comfort and function while walking can make a very great difference in your daily life.


In this three-hour Feldenkrais workshop you will learn practical and effective strategies for improving your comfort while walking. Join us, to enjoy a series of special Awareness Through Movement� exercises, which will improve your balance, free your back and hip joints, reduce unnecessary effort, and revitalize your step. Participants will learn:

  • The role our ankles and feet play in a comfortable stride.
  • How counterbalance and distribution of effort make your walking easier and lighter.
  • How fundamental patterns of movement allow flexibility in starting, stopping and changing direction.
  • How to free your neck and shoulders as you walk.

This workshop is appropriate for every walker: from the person who has difficulty walking a short distance, to the avid outdoor hiker.


Date: Tuesday, April 24

Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 through Tue, April 17.
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00  


To Register Online with a 5% Discount, click here.


Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor

Product of the Month

 Belinda recommends April's Product of the Month:
Moving Out Of Pain by Mark Reese

"When recommending audio programs to clients, I often suggest Mark Reese's 'Moving Out Of Pain' because these 30-minute Awareness Through Movement exercises are both extremely simple, and extremely effective. Moreover, the box-set cover clearly states whether the exercise is done while lying on the back, side or stomach, which helps clients to avoid positions that may aggravate their pain or discomfort. Because Mark Reese delivers the simple movement directions very clearly, it is also an excellent introduction to the Feldenkrais Method.
Jaime, one of our receptionists, bought a set for her father as a Christmas gift. He suffers from back pain. She happily reports that he is enjoying the exercises, and is experiencing reduced pain as a result of using them.
Despite its name, this CD set is not only for people in pain. It is also a great resource when you find yourself unable to squeeze in an ATM class at the Institute because of your busy schedule, but can find 30 minutes in your day to attend to yourself in the comfort of your own home. This is my go-to resource whenever I need a quick pick-me-up in the morning or at the end of a long day. My personal favorites are 'Diagonal Twist' on Disc 6, and 'Hip and Shoulder Movements' on Disc 2. I hope you find your favorites, too."

Buy 'Moving Out Of Pain' in April and save 15% off the regular retail price.

To purchase online, click here and enter promo code APRIL15 at checkout .

Belinda will gladly answer any questions you might have about this CD-set via email, at


Community Class at The Feldenkrais Institute

Wednesdays at 4 pm
Taught by Belinda He
Class Begins April 4, 2012.

Suggested fee: $10
Cash Only

Please wear comfortable layers and socks!