Gaga Workshop with Amy Morrow

Join us for a 3-day Gaga experience for dancers & people in Dallas.
“While Gaga is a serious new way of training the body, it is also about connecting to pleasure and. . . realizing that there’s nothing wrong with being silly.”— Gia Kourlas, The New York Times
 
A gaga people class.You’ll be guided using a series of evocative movement instructions that build on each other. Rather than copying a movement, you’ll actively explore these instructions, discovering how you interpret the information and perform the task at hand. It’s a creative framework for you to connect to with your body and imagination, increase physical awareness, improve  flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
 
Led by Amy Diane Morrow, one of the first to be trained to teach gaga by its founder, Ohad Naharin.
 
Open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. All you need is curiosity!
 
COST
Extra Early-Bird: $95 (thru Nov. 30)
Early Bird: $125 (thru Jan. 2)
Advance: $150 (Jan. 3 on)
Please contact us to discuss special rates for your studio or dance company.
 
Register on Brown Paper Tickets. Or if you prefer, send a check made out to “Dallas Feldenkrais” to:
3515 Cedar Springs Rd., Suite 102
Dallas TX 75219
 
SCHEDULE
Friday, 1/26
7pm | Gaga Session
8pm | Toolbox Session
 
 
Saturday & Sunday, 1/27 & 1/28
11am | Gaga Session
1pm | Toolbox Session
 
Wear comfortable clothes. Be ready to dance barefoot or in socks. Bring a bottle for water and a towel.
 
Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others. Its emphasis on self-discovery complements Awareness Through Movement®.
Presented by Dallas Movement Lab, in partnership with AM Arts.

Awareness Through Movement in N. Dallas

A 6-Week Series

You learn most movement practices from the outside in: watch the teacher and imitate.

A row of people in Sphinx pose.

© International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

In Awareness Through Movement®, you’re invited to learn from the inside out.
Join us to re-discover your innate strength and capacity to learn.

In this 6-week series, we’ll investigate movement patterns which are the building blocks for sitting, standing , and walking.

Take your discoveries into your dance or yoga practice or into your everyday life.

Truly remarkable such simple movements have such a large impact.”
—Michelle Accardo, MS, ATC, LMT, CLT

6 Tuesdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 7:30-8:30 pm. Limit: 14 participants.

Register on the MoveStudio website.

Awareness Through Movement in Oak Lawn

Join us to re-discover your innate strength and capacity to learn.

A woman and man practice Awareness Through Movement.

Copyright © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

In this series, we’ll investigate movement patterns which are the building blocks for sitting, standing , and walking.

Take your discoveries into your dance or other movement practice or into your everyday life.

Truly remarkable such simple movements have such a large impact.”
—Michelle Accardo, MS, ATC, LMT, CLT

4 Mondays, Nov. 6-Nov. 27, 6:30-8:00 pm. Limit: 5.

Register here.

Trying Feldenkrais for Chronic Pain

The New York Times has just published an article about the Feldenkrais Method®. After two hours of lessons, columnist Jane E. Brody describes herself as “walking on air,” freed from her chronic pain.

She acknowledges up front a reluctance to investigate Feldenkrais: “I had long refrained from writing about this method of countering pain because I thought it was some sort of New Age gobbledygook with no scientific basis. Boy, was I wrong!”

A row of people in Sphinx pose.

© International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden

Brody began to understand how the method is effective:
“The slow, gentle, repetitive movements I practiced in a Feldenkrais group class helped foster an awareness of how I use my body in relation to my environment, and awareness is the first step to changing one’s behavior.”

Read the whole article here.

If you’ve personally experienced the benefits of Feldenkrais already, and have a friend or family member who you think would also benefit, an article like this could be a great help in convincing them. If someone like that comes to mind, please share this article with them.

Discover Core Ability

Intro to the Feldenkrais Method®

Healthy children have core ability. They crawl, run, and climb freely.

Todler child climbing a rock outside.As adults, we often forget this freedom. We feel heavy instead of light. We use unnecessary effort. We try to build strength without accessing what we already have.

In this workshop, you’ll investigate the roots of strength and core ability.
You’ll get tools to re-discover effortless movement.

Useful for athletes, performing artists, yogis—anyone who’d like to move with more ease and pleasure.
Limit: 14.

Registration: $45 Early-Bird (by Oct. 11); $55 Advance. $35 Students (paid by check).
Reserve your place now.

Please make checks payable to “Dallas Feldenkrais” and mail to:
3515 Cedar Springs, Suite 102
Dallas 75215.

Please be comfortable sitting on the floor, lying on your side or stomach.
Please contact Angela if you have questions.

Awareness Through Movement in Oak Lawn

Join us to re-discover your innate strength and capacity to learn.

A woman and man practice Awareness Through Movement.

Copyright © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

In this series, we’ll investigate movement patterns which are the building blocks for sitting, standing , and walking.

Take your discoveries into your dance or other movement practice or into your everyday life.

Truly remarkable such simple movements have such a large impact.”
—Michelle Accardo, MS, ATC, LMT, CLT

5 Mondays, Oct. 2-30, 6:30-8:00 pm. Limit: 5.

Register here.

Learning How to Learn

We humans are born poised for learning. But we don’t necessarily know how to learn what doesn’t come easily to us.

Blue exam book cover. Tests are useful to the learning process, it turns out.For years after I finished college, I had a recurrent nightmare. I was sitting down to take a final exam, and I realized I hadn’t even opened the textbook. As you might guess, I’d had a rocky time in college. It was a liberal arts school where the ideal was to be studying all the time. Our workload reflected that. I literally got every grade you can get, from A+ to F.

A lot has changed since then, but one thing hasn’t: I’m still curious about myself and the world around me. I love learning. So when I stumbled across a reference to “learning how to learn,” I immediately clicked on the link.

It lead me to a New York Times article about an online course taught by Barbara Oakley and Terry Sejnowski. Oakley had failed science and math in high school. She decided in her twenties to get an engineering degree and taught herself how to learn the material which didn’t come easily to her. Now she’s an engineering professor.

When I read that, I signed up for the course immediately. Hey, it’s free! (Unless you’d like a certificate: then it’s $49.) And the info’s invaluable.

The material, backed by research in neuroscience—with plenty of supplemental material if you want to dig deeper—complements what I’ve learned, from a different perspective, as a Feldenkrais teacher.

tomato kitchen timer

A Pomodoro kitchen timer. “Pomodoro” means “tomato” in Italian.

Just a few of the concepts from the course:

  • Emphasize the process not the product
  • Practice the Pomodoro technique: studying in 25-minute periods
  • Give yourself rewards
  • Alternate between focused and diffused attention
  • Spread your learning out over time; don’t try to pack it all into one or two days
  • Get a good night’s sleep before exams

I wish this course had been offered before I went to college. I’m certainly glad I’ve taken it now.

Going deeper with learning

Are you ready to learn how to learn? Register for the course here, on Coursera. Apparently it’s their most popular course, by far. I’m not surprised.

Would you like to discover more about how the Feldenkrais Method® supports learning? Here are core principles suggested by Norman Doidge, MD.

Awareness Through Movement in N. Dallas

You learn most movement practices from the outside in: watch the teacher and imitate.

In Awareness Through Movement®, you’re invited to learn from the inside out.
Join us to re-discover your innate strength and capacity to learn.

In this 6-week series, we’ll investigate movement patterns which are the building blocks for sitting, standing , and walking.

Take your discoveries into your dance or yoga practice or into your everyday life.

Truly remarkable such simple movements have such a large impact.”
—Michelle Accardo, MS, ATC, LMT, CLT

6 Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 7:30-8:30 pm. Limit: 14 participants.

Register on the MoveStudio website.

Uncover Internal Strength

A 2-Day Workshop with Jeff Haller, PhD, GCFP

How do you define strength?

Chinese and Japanese martial arts distinguish between internal and external practice. A group of people practices Awareness Through MovementThe internal arts utilize internal strength as a basis from which to move. Often practitioners of these arts refer to flowing energy and to the practice of grounding. Within the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education there are clear principles, both biological and in physics, that lead us into a unique perspective on internal strength.

Jeff Haller uses a foam roller to demonstrate mobilizing internal strength.

Join us for this two-day workshop to investigate how to utilize these principles to connect with your own internal strength and improve your own functional self-organization.

Limit: 30 participants. SOLD OUT.

You’ll get tools to re-discover:

  • Skeletal support
  • Your connection with the ground
  • How your breath can support better movement

WHO BENEFITS

  • Athletes
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido and other movement practitioners
  • Anyone who’s interested in learning more about & improving their patterns of self-use

WHEN

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 16 & 17, 10 am- 5 pm

Cost: $300; At door $350.
Students $200 (paid by check/cash). Register here.

Please email Angela at angela at dallasfeldenkrais dot com if you’re interested in a group discount for your own movement studio staff and students.

Payment in advance is required to reserve your place.
If you prefer to pay by check, register above, make your check payable to “Dallas Feldenkrais,” and send immediately to:
P.O. Box 797503
Dallas TX 75379

How Movement Begins: Jeff Haller Workshop from Angela Alston on Vimeo.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Black and white head shot of Jeff Haller, GCFPJeff Haller, PhD, GCFP studied directly with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method. Jeff has led trainings and taught workshops on four continents. His additional study includes years of basketball, Aikido and meditation. Jeff has a doctorate in psychology. He’s based in Seattle, WA. Jeff is launching a revolutionary new training for Feldenkrais practitioners in Spring 2018: enrollment is open.

Awareness Thru Movement in Oak Lawn: 3-Week Series

Join us to re-discover your innate strength and capacity to learn.

A woman and man practice Awareness Through Movement.

Copyright © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

In this series, we’ll investigate movement patterns which are the building blocks for sitting, standing , and walking.

Take your discoveries into your dance or other movement practice or into your everyday life.

Truly remarkable such simple movements have such a large impact.”
—Michelle Accardo, MS, ATC, LMT, CLT

3 Mondays, Sept. 11-25, 6:30-8:00 pm. Limit: 5. SOLD OUT.