Paul

I began my study of the Feldenkrais Method in 2004 after being introduced to it at an “Anatomy for Yoga” workshop. Soon after, I purchased and read Dr. Feldenkrais’ books and was drawn in by his way of describing and uncovering the inseparability between body and mind.

When I began attending Awareness Through Movement classes, I was intrigued by my inability to reconcile the ideas in Dr. Feldenkrais’ books with the seemingly unrelated movements we did during the class. The effects after the classes were undeniable though. I would feel lighter, or taller, or shorter or a combination of taller and shorter and a diverse number of other ways, all from doing the exercises.

I received individual Functional Integration sessions and immediately noticed huge changes in my Yoga practice. Suddenly things that had been difficult for me in my practice were available and new possibilities emerged. I needed to understand more.

I enrolled in the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education (ISSE) Professional Feldenkrais training primarily as a way to increase my understanding and effectiveness in my study of Yoga. Graduating after 4 years in the training, I was even more intrigued than I had been when I started, and I began to teach Awareness Through Movement classes and give individual Functional Integration sessions.

I am currently editing transcripts and audio for Dr. Feldenkrais’ 1975-77 San Francisco training on behalf of the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF). This was the first training program held in America and second of three total that Dr. Feldenkrais personally taught.

Additionally, I hold a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, a non-violent martial art in which an attacker’s force is redirected rather than directly opposed. I also regularly practice Chen style Taijiquan.

I have a certificate of completion for my studies in Ericksonian Hypnosis, based on the work of Milton H. Erickson, from Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area.

I hold a MS in Engineering Management and BS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

The mind is an instrument of thought, not a museum. —Mabel Todd