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Friday, January 24, 2020

Streaming free, live Feldenkrais class this Saturday 10 am PST

Reminder that I'm doing a FREE Zoom class, live from my regular Awareness Through Movement® class at Gerber medical Clinic this Saturday morning.

If you want to participate, you must have done Feldenkrais classes before, and you need to contact me for the link. You can use the contact form here. 

The lesson is a wonderful, balancing, hip, leg, foot lesson which relates to walking and to really good organization through the whole skeleton.

Please join us if you've done Feldenkrais before! There will be a later opportunity for beginners, when I offer a standard zoom class in which I'll be watching the screen and working with people more individually and one-on-one.

Hope to see you! Carole

Thursday, January 16, 2020

FELDENKRAIS AND SELF-INQUIRY - How it works.

Everything we do in Feldenkrais is oriented toward improving our attention and our ability to sense ourselves with more depth and refinement. This is the path that leads us not only toward fulfillment and to our potential, but also to more comfortable, efficient, satisfying and balanced movement. We reconnect with ourselves in amazing new ways.  

The foundation of this process begins with our learning to see and sense where we are NOW, in this moment, with non-judgmental curiosity and interest. Not as we want to be, but as we are. And in this process, we begin to get free -- we begin to let go of fear and the ghostly judgments of people from lives who we may still be trying to please-- whether they are living now or have been gone a long time. Not surprisingly, this changes how I live in my body, how I move, think, feel and act. 

This short article gives you context and support for such efforts, and some initial direction to plant the exciting seeds of change and possibility. Nothing here is intended to take the place of therapy or medical support. It is intended to open your heart and mind, via your body. 


Self-Inquiry as a Path to Personal Freedom
Self-inquiry means questioning our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and physical self-use. We cease assuming that our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and other sensations are necessarily on target or ‘right.’ Instead, we check in with ourselves to clarify, verify, and explore. In this way we can align with a reality that enables choice, improvement and, if desired, change.
People are often surprised to discover how little they know about themselves. We have to stop and think when asked even simple questions like ‘What colors do I like? What makes me happy, sad or angry?’ or in the physical realm, ‘How do I walk, stand, reach, or sleep?’ In other words, what drives or motivates my behavior, actions, and movement?
Our automatic programming is powerful and habitual; it operates without our awareness. Upon examination, it’s as though we live our lives in a dream. We lose our curiosity, joy, our sense of connection to others and to the world around us — and most damaging, we lose our ability to grow freely and learn at the most important levels.
If we sense this absence of freedom and joy, of meaning and authenticity, the age-old existential questions may come up: ‘Who am I? What am I? What am I doing here?’ Then, I may begin to sense that I can separate from the endlessly streaming, mostly random content coming from my monkey mind. I find I am more than my autopilot. I can experience myself differently. For some people, an even brief encounter of this kind will energize a lifelong study.
Self-inquiry can also result from the need to move away from something unpleasant — from physical, mental or emotional pain. It can cause us to explore previously unconsidered methodologies — like prayer, meditation, spiritual movement classes like Qi-Gong, T’ai Chi, certain kinds of yoga, or pragmatic, somatic classes like the Feldenkrais Method that specifically teach body- and self-awareness, using movement as a vehicle for study.
Self-inquiry can lead us to:
  • look beyond the narrow range of our habitual movements, thoughts, feelings and reactions; to learn more about myself.
  • find a happier, lighter approach to living.
  • realize how humans sense only a small percentage of the visible, audible, and vibrational spectra that exist and can be measured.
  • the diversity of nature and our almost limitless ability to learn.
  • distinguish truth from untruth.
To begin, focusing on the body can be the simplest starting point. Exploring movement habits helps us to see the connection between habitual thought, emotion, and our body, how they weave together to produce tension, pain, discomfort. When stress occurs in life, our chronic pain may increase, movement habits from long ago reappear, and we fall back into old patterns and ways of coping. Including pain.
We are helped by learning to sense our daily activities, observing which movements produce pain or instability, and developing an inner database of information that the brain stores and uses to help us move more efficiently. As our self-awareness increases, everything improves. New, learned movement patterns become embodied.
Here is a beginning exercise to get you started:
1.  Sit or lie quietly and feel the shape and weight of your body, the contact with the chair or floor, or bed you are resting on. Sense the movement of your breath and your heart.

2.  Begin to notice what is going through your mind and your emotions. Remember how wonderful it is to simply identify what you are thinking, feeling, or doing, how you move, without any judgment at all, just to know, sense, and feel; to be more neutrally yourself.

3.  Imagine an experience you enjoyed. You can go back in time to childhood, or envision doing something as an adult; in either case, let go of your self-judgment and expectations.

4.  Visualize and feel the movements associated with the experience.

5.  Notice how your body and breathing relax as you begin to let go of all the judgment and stress. Observe yourself without criticism, no matter what your experience is.


6.  Follow your thoughts, emotions and physical feelings in this neutral way. You can write them down to help you articulate your experiences, or not. You decide.
And please know that the fact that you are reading this article means your curiosity and connection to life are alive and well. Trust your intuition. Follow your heart.

For more information about the Feldenkrais Method, Functional Integration sessions or Feldenkrais weekly classes, please contact Carole Bucher, BA, GCFP, using the contact form above right, or go to  or you can call, text or email me at 775-240-7882 and Renofeldenkrais@gmail.com. And you will also find more info and lots of interesting things at https://www.meetup.com/Reno-Feldenkrais-Awareness-Through-Movement-classes/, or https://www.facebook.com/RenoFeldenkrais/.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

2020 Schedule and Feldenkrais Classes Update

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The delightfully brain challenging lesson last week with 2 rhythms & a catchy title, Frog-legs, freeing the head.
Hi everyone, 

This is a brief excerpt from a recent newsletter, updating you on the year end schedule and sharing just a bit about 2020 classes, what we focus on, how learning, improving and growing happen using the Feldenkrais Method. Please contact me using the form above if you have any questions. I'll be sending out a holiday December letter over vacation, so keep an eye out for it. I may have a spontaneous sort of Flash Feldenkrais event over the holiday too! I will be in town and will be able see a people privately when needed. Feel free to call and catch up too. I would love to hear from you. 

Lots of things happening next year, 
including 2 new classes, one for people with less mobility and another for people who want a more fitness orientation. To be continued! 
Happy December, celebrating the return of the light in all its forms!

With best wishes and love,
Carole


Hi dear friends and students:


It is astonishing how the time has flown this year. Suddenly we are almost at the end of the year, and the decade! The passing of time is not a linear phenom in my world!

Here is the 2020 update. Classes start again at Gerber Med Clinic on Tues Jan. 7, 2020 at 12:30, Thurs Jan 9, 5 pm at RBC, and Sat Jan 11, at Gerber Med Clinic. Thus, nothing is changing:  same times, places, and fees. That means I'm using the same need-based sliding scale, from $15/class drop-in, to $6/class. You may also buy the more convenient 10-class card for $120 or make other arrangements with me. Cash is appreciated, and I'm not set up to take credit cards.

A bit more about classes: I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but for me as teacher, classes this year feel more open and personal, more light-hearted and funnier (I tell more jokes!) meaning many of us really do seem to be laughing more. We’ve also started talking for a few minutes at the end of class about the lesson, while we get ready to leave. We’ve been discussing what people have gotten out of the class, things that felt challenging or new, and exploring other questions and comments. Its very informal but helpful. We learn from each other this way. It feels like a natural development, sort of supporting and sharing, perhaps in response to the crazy divisions we can feel at times in the outside world.
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In Awareness Through Movement® classes we are focused on shared goals of learning to feel and use our bodies with more self-aware precision, sensing changes, ultimately to move more comfortably, with greater resilience, alignment, balance and grace. And to improve our overall wellbeing. And this is happening!


A student who comes regularly sent me a really sweet text yesterday saying “I just love your classes, Carole. You are making a real difference in people’s lives. I am healthier because of what I am learning with you. My pain issues are better. My life is still stressful but I am learning to manage it all better. KC” ** I can't tell you how much it means to get comments like these, unsolicited. This is why I do what I do. And it carries us nicely to the next topic. LEARNING.

Learning is fueled by curiosity, as 5 mins with any baby, toddler or child will remind you. That is the spirit of my teaching, and it brings energy into our study of movement patterns, self awareness and self-improvement, no matter what your condition is or your age, or what brought you to class. We will always return to learning about ourselves with non-judgment, mindful lightness and ease. 

Looking forward to seeing you in class soon! Use the contact form above right if you have questions, would like to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation or would like to attend a class. 

Happy new year!
Carole