The Month of June: Focus on Integration
Tomorrow! Knees and Ankles with Mark
Next Week: Choice and The Challenge of Pleasure... with Alan Questel 
June 23rd: Intro with Tamala 
June 26th: Power Center with Dayana
Coming Up
Pain Free Knees, Healthy Ankles with Mark
Earlybird Deadline Thursday!
Choice with Alan Questel
June 16th & 17th
The Challenge of Pleasure with Alan Questel
June 23rd
Intro with Tamala
June 26th
Power Center with Dayana
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Happy June! This month's theme at the Feldenkrais Insitute is Integration. Feldenkrais teachers sometimes use the term "integration" as they explain the purpose of a particular movement during a Feldenkrais exercise. What does integration mean in the context of the Feldenkrais Method?

Among other things, Feldenkrais work is designed to focus your brain on valuable neurological information which can improve your body's organization. But in order to apply this information functionally on your body's behalf, the learning must find it's place within the greater context of your entire self. It must be connected to you as a whole. This connection to the whole is what we call "integration."

Some feel that the integration phase of the Feldenkrais Method is a big part of its magic. But it's not magic at all. It is simply the reawakening of an innate power we all have to learn through experience and put positive new experience to good use. Doing Feldenkrais helps us remember how to integrate learning that leaves us improved.

Just as we did during May with the idea of posture, our ATM teachers this month will be focusing their classes on integration. If you have any questions about any aspect of how integration relates to a particular class or to Feldenkrais work in general, ask any one of us.

I'm going to teach two workshops, both titled, Pain-Free Knees, Healthy Ankles. The first will be tomorrow evening, June 5th. Tomorrow's workshop will involve simple, basic lessons that I'll build on so that we can layer in more detail and complexity about knee and ankle function during the full day on Saturday, June 30th. I encourage you to attend both, but if that's not possible, each workshop will stand on its own. If your ankles or knees demand your attention for any reason, these workshops help you out. All the details are in the article below.

There is still time to register for guest trainer Alan Questel's two June workshops. The earlybird deadline for Choice, is this Thursday, June 7th. All the details on both of Alan's workshops are below.

Tamala will teach another Introductory workshop on Saturday, June 23rd. I attended the first hour of Tamala's most recent Intro workshop and really enjoyed her clear, calm, detailed guidance during the ATM I took. What a lovely entryway into the Feldenkrais Method. Details can be found by clicking here. If you know someone who might benefit from the Feldenkrais Method, why not use the buttons at the top of this message to share this entire e-mail on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn? Or you can forward this message by using the link, "Forward email" located at the very bottom.

Also coming in June is Power Center, taught by Dayana Henwood on Tuesday, the 26th. Come learn about the Feldenkrais perspective on how to more effectively use your "core." Dayana is a dynamic and very thorough teacher who always provides a lot of material for students to take home. All the details on Power Center can be found 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

Pain-Free Knees, Healthy Ankles
with Mark Hirschfield

Tuesday, June 5th
Part Two coming Saturday, June 30th
(take one or both!)


Healthy knees and ankles are essential for ease in walking, climbing stairs, even moving from sitting to standing. The manner in which weight passes through knees and ankles and the resulting pressure on the joints can vary widely from person to person. Inefficiencies in the distribution or transfer of weight can lead to many common knee and ankle problems-including osteoarthritis, torn menisci, ligament strains, fallen arches and sprained ankles. If you experience knee or ankle pain or have done so in the past, or if you simply want to improve the comfort and stamina of your legs, this workshop is for you. 

On Tuesday evening, June 5th and all day Saturday, June 30th, Mark will teach two related workshops to help you promote and restore strength, flexibility and dependability to your knees and ankles. You'll discover how the flexibility of your ankles can improve the functioning of your knees. Through easy to do exercises, you'll develop a greater sense of the ways in which you use your knees and ankles, in order to improve the ease and comfort of every day movements like sitting, standing, getting out of bed, turning and reaching. 

You can take either of the workshops separately, but your experience will be much richer if you attend both. 

These workshops will help you learn:  

  • How to align your feet and ankles to keep your knees pain-free and improve your balance.
  • How your knees influence the freedom and flexibility of your lower back.
  • Secrets for using your legs and feet for effective stability, stamina and flexibility.


Date: Tuesday, June 5th
Times: 6:30 - 9:30 pm 
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00


Date: Saturday, June 30th
Times: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Regular Tuition: $110.00
Earlybird Tuition: $90.00 through Tue., June 23rd
Member Tuition: 20% discount


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


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

Earlybird Deadline Thursday!
 with Alan Questel


Did you ever wish you had more choices available to you?


Maybe you do; maybe you aren't looking in the right places.


Sometimes it's right under your nose, waiting to be revealed.


In this evening together (using everything that's right under your own nose) we will explore choice...investigating and discovering new ways of creating them.


When we feel that our choices are too limited we, unfortunately, keep looking in the same places. What would benefit all of us is to learn to look in places where we don't usually think of looking.


In this workshop you'll have the chance to explore choice in a more fundamental way...through movement...creating the means to develop more choice in your everyday life. You'll discover ways to generate more "choices" in everything you do. Through easy, interesting, novel a risk-free learning environment, you'll be encouraged to discover yourself in new ways, finding new choices, new ways to know yourself better!


Date: Thursday, June 14
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $60.00 through Thu, June 07.
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
Register for Choice and The Challenge of Pleasure, the Pleasure of Challenge
and receive 10% off the registration fees for both workshops. You must call 212-727-1014 to register with the combined discount.


The Challenge of Pleasure; 
the Pleasure of Challenge
a Two-Day Feldenkrais Method Workshop
with Alan Questel

June 16th and 17th



The Feldenkrais Institute is very excited to bring internationally acclaimed Feldenkrais Teacher Alan Questel to New York City for this special two-day public workshop.  Did you ever think it could be a challenge for you to have more pleasure in your life? Or could you imagine experiencing greater pleasure when you are faced with a challenge? Pleasure and challenge, experiences that are too often exclusive of each other, will be the focus of this two-day workshop.


Utilizing Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons you will safely and enjoyably inquire into your own process. The result will be an enhancement of your understanding of what you feel, how you relate and how you respond to the challenge of finding more pleasure in your life and the pleasure of meeting a challenge.


The themes of pleasure and challenge will be explored through movement...making the abstract concrete and giving you an embodied experience of these ideas, not only a cognitive understanding.  It is through movement that you will come to a different understanding of yourself in relation to these ideas.  Of course, there will be some challenge...but an appropriate level for you.  No demands will be made on you that are beyond your ability and I will be there to further adapt the lessons, if need be, to suit you in a way that you can 'succeed' and find pleasure in the processes.  We'll do 3-4 ATMs a day.


Date: Sat and Sun, June 16th and 17th
Times: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Regular Tuition: $190
Member Tuition: $(20% off the above rates)
Location: The Feldenkrais Institute
134 W 26th St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10001 

(212) 727-1014


Register for Choice and The Challenge of Pleasure, the Pleasure of Challenge
and receive 10% off the registration fees for both workshops. You must call 212-727-1014 to register with the combined discount.

Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method   
The "Intro" Workshop for Everyone!
with Tamala Bakkensen




This three-hour introductory workshop is great for newcomers and also answers questions about the underpinnings of the Feldenkrais Method for those who have been around for a while. For more details, click here


Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 through Sat, June 16.
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



Coming June 26th
Power Center
with Dayana Henwood 


In these sedentary and technological days-in which so much time is spent in static, passive, and repetitive positions-finding and connecting the freedom of your pelvis with the flexibility of your chest can strengthen and energize you, while restoring your spine's real length. The pelvis is our body's main source of propulsion, and it has been found that integrating the powerful and big muscles of the pelvis with the mobility and elasticity of the chest can have many significant benefits in our daily life.


If you'd like to improve your posture, boost your energy level, or gain strength and endurance, this workshop is for you. Just want to feel better? Restore your emotional well being? Build self-reliance and stability? Give yourself the gift of finding your Power Center.


This three-hour Feldenkrais workshop with faculty practitioner Dayana Henwood will safely create the conditions in which you can find and activate your Power Center by awakening, imagining and integrating your pelvis and chest within yourself. The especially chosen Awareness Through Movement exercises featured in this workshop are easy to do, and suitable for people of all ages*.


This workshop will help you to:

  • Increase your flexibility to move with ease and pleasure in all directions.
  • Improve your balance and posture lengthening and aligning your spine.
  • Explore new ways of perceiving, visualizing and moving your ribs and pelvis.
  • Discover your power center and increase your potency, vitality and energy level.


*A handout of the material covered during the workshop will be provided, to help you to continue doing the Power Center exercises at home.

Date: Tuesday, June 26th
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Early Bird Tuition: $50.00 through Tue, June 19.
Regular Tuition: $60.00
Member Tuition: $30.00
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!