A Feldenkrais Workshop: Stand on your Own Two Feet

Sunday, July 11, 2010
12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m.
$60.00 (early registration)

“Thus, if we eliminate from standing all that is extraneous to it, such as standing manly, femininely, authoritatively, nicely, efficiently, arrogantly, proudly, or meekly and all other cross motivations that we cultivate in childhood and adolescence with such wholehearted conviction of doing right, there remains standing as dictated by the structure of the body and its nervous mechanisms. A stance that is rare, but of which we are all capable.” ~ Moshe Feldenkrais, The Potent Self

As Moshe Feldenkrais states above, every stance has a character. To get through life we need to have “character”. Learning how you physically create your “character” will allow you to choose a stance that is most appropriate for whatever situation you are in. For example, during an argument it is beneficial to be capable of standing differently than when brushing your teeth or standing in line.

In this workshop, through the exploration of Feldenkrais®, Awareness Through Movement® lessons, we will study “neutral” standing. Neutral is defined as being able to move in any direction at any time without having to reorganize yourself. This way of standing will allow quicker responses; better balance; and better alignment. These changes will also help to prevent joint injuries from developing in your legs.

Being able to experience “neutral” standing will create choice in your life. Learn to become aware of your “character stance” compared to a “neutral stance” so you can choose to stand the way you want.

Donna Bervinchak will teach this workshop at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center at 26 Seventh St. / Market St. in San Francisco. To sign up for the workshop call the dance center at 415.863.3040 x221. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

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