How Your Breathing Influences Your Balance

An Awareness Through Movement® Four Class Series

Improve your posture, your balance (on one leg or two) and your walking in this four class series. The specific themes of standing and breathing will be interwoven in ways to allow you to experience a more balanced and relaxed upright posture. From this state of high potential your movement can feel less restricted, less effortful and more pleasant. This new found presence can be taken directly into your walking, running, dancing, yoga, or other activities.

“As long as the spine is without unnecessary efforts and the chest can breathe, the movement can be free. Then, it is no longer necessary to hold the balance, for that cannot be called “standing.” It is called making an effort to stand or not knowing how to stand.” —Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc.

“To put is still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath.” —Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

Dates: 4 Sundays: September 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 5-6pm
Cost: $45/series, $15 drop-in

Paul Senechko, Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM

The Yoga Loft
321 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

About Awareness Through Movement: In the subtitle to Dr. Feldenkrais’ book “Awareness Through Movement” he describes the process as “Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness.” In these structured movement lessons, the teacher uses a combination of pleasant, purposeful movement and guided attention to lead the class through particular patterns of movement and action. Unlike traditional exercise, where the objective is to burn calories, stretch or train willpower for its own sake, Awareness Through Movement lessons teach us how to reduce unnecessary muscular effort and improve our awareness of our whole self in action. This emphasis on sensory learning results in movement that is more flexible, pleasurable and free from aches and pains. The Feldenkrais Method® deals with movement (and learning) as a process. It is a complementary way to decrease pain and discomfort and to increase skill and ability in any activity, such as Yoga, martial arts, running, painting, performing, etc.

Classes are open to everyone, no experience necessary. Please wear socks and warm clothing that allows for easy movement.