Ideal Bending

A Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Workshop

Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion, Plate 532 (Movements of the hand, drawing a circle.)

In an extraordinary series of lessons taught by Moshe Feldenkrais to students in Israel he develops a theme he calls “ideal bending.” In these lessons the conditions are set up for us to gauge for ourselves which of our own actions are “well-performed” and he gives us a clue pointing us toward a way of improvement so that future actions can be more effective.

“The effectiveness of an action is judged first of all by the simple standard of whether it achieves its purpose. But that test is not sufficient. Action must also improve a living and developing body at least to the extent that the same action will be carried out more effectively the next time. For instance, it is possible to tighten a screw with a kitchen knife, but both the knife and the screw will be damaged. The human body is capable of so many different types of movement and action that it is difficult to define briefly which movements are effective, and every definition is bound to be oversimplified. Nevertheless we shall try to clarify what makes for a well-performed action.” Awareness Through Movement, p8

Date: Saturday, October 20th, 2012, 1-4pm
Cost: $40

Satori Yoga Studio – 40 1st St, San Francisco, CA – www.satoriyogastudio.com
Paul Senechko, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, San Francisco – www.thewholeanditsparts.com