Category Archives: Anat Baniel

Anat Baniel at TEDx

Anat Baniel Teaching Feldenkrais

Anat Baniel

I just found out that Anat Baniel spoke at the TEDx conference in Berkeley earlier this month. I’m very happy for her and others who are engaging in new behaviors and organizations to get Moshe’s ideas deeper into the world. But don’t worry. Those not interested in doing so still have the FeldyForum.

They have not posted videos of the presentations yet. As soon as they do I will post the video or a link. Some brief feedback that I found: Twitter user agoldfisher tweated “EDxBerkeley speaker Anat Baniel: wake up the brain, enormous implications for education. “Even on a bad day, you have an amazing brain.”

Weblogtheworld wrote that,

Anat asked the entire group of nearly 1,400 people to get up, stretch and then reach our toes with a slight bend of knees. She asked us to do it again after rounding our back and stretching while leaning up against our chairs, and then do it again. The result? A much more fluid and smooth experience, without tightness and without pain.”

1400 eh? That’s impressive. I hear David Bersin recently taught a workshop entitled, “Sharing Moshe’s Legacy.” Only three people showed up – two of whom were muttering something about “spare change.” Apparently, Bersin had none to share.

Thanks Anat. May you soon teach an Awareness Through Movement lesson to 14,000 people and then 14 million. And if not you, then someone else.

Amherst Trainer: “The Old Battles Are Dead Ends”

In the previous post, “Beware Feldenkrais Trainers Bearing Grudges,” I promised to share with you the voice of a few trainers who have more balanced and inclusive ideas about the community. Below is a verbatim email as it was forwarded to me, only edited to delete several names:

Thank you [names trainers] and others who see that the old battles are dead ends. Practitioners are flocking to Mia, Jochanan, and others who are not officially in the fold. There must be a reason. Perhaps some practitioners want to get a better feel for what the method is as transmitted by those closest to Moshe. Perhaps they want to enhance their awareness or learn new skills not avaiable otherwise.

The FM as a method has been twisted, distorted, over simplified, changed into movement work, a feel good work. a relaxation method, a new age business, etc.  And I am only considering what those in the fully accredited guilds have produced including at times what official trainers have created to make their work popular and saleable. There is no way to control what people will do by creating service marks and protected domains. In Europe [there is no] service Mark in Germany and the world hasn’t ended. There are problems but not insurmountable. As for the crossover, there are many crossover practitioners who have contributed their skills and abilities to the work. They have added to the community, not detracted. 

For myself I have learned much from Mia, Anat, etc. that I would not have learned otherwise. In many ways the FM is a difficult life long process to get to the gold that Moshe developed. Why do we continue to argue over politics when there is much work for us to do to perfect and expand what we have and figure out how to transmit what we have to new generations so they can do better than us. There are no limits except those we impose on ourselves and I applaud [name Of trainer] letter which points out how we can have creative cousins. I applaud innovation that takes us to new more powerful realms.” 

How about that? Is it a message of hope?

I will have a great deal to say about the message in a future post. For I now, I want to take note of the trainer’s statement that practitioners are flocking to Mia Segal, Anat Baniel and others. I don’t actually know if people are “flocking” to them as I have not seen any numbers. But I do know that Guild-certified trainings are getting smaller in the United States- on average – and this has been happening for many years. What about in the rest of the world? Perhaps you can add a comment if you have more information.

Moshe’s Natural Monopoly

My own view of those “outside the fold” is that they have created what Moshe himself had – A natural monopoly. They are not the exclusive owner of any service marks and don’t try to own or control all aspects of their work. Rather, they are they are “the artist” if you will, or “the band” doing their work. They have the natural monopoly that comes from doing their own work and being their own person. Yes, they attribute Moshe and they give credit. But they themselves have marketing gravity and attention. And it’s not because of their relationship to Moshe, but because they chose the path of independence.

The attention and success that they have is something that a “Guild Trainer” will find very difficult to get. You can be succesful and noted within the Guild system. That’s wonderful. But when a person’s calls himself or herself a “Feldenkrais Trainer” they are, by definition, comparing themselves to a dead person. The comparison may be implied and it may not be immediately obvious to all, but it is there. In my view, it is an instant communication of second-rate status no matter how amazingly skilled the person may be. And similarly, a person who spends their time getting approval from lawyers, bureaucrats, committee members and the like and limits what they say and do to be a member of a rule and conformity-based system…well…look around…you can see the result. I’m not say it’s all bad. Who knows, it may even be necessary. But every decision that you make has consequences.

That’s all I’m saying.

Anat Baniel: A special needs child requires an extraordinary brain

A short video of Anat Baniel, who is demonstrating more and more that she knows how to engage people effectively via the internet. Anat speaks to briefly to the behavioral and neurological challenges that a special needs child has as he or she navigates the world and attempts to create patterns. I like Anat’s statement that you do not teach children anything, but they do learn. And I will add that the same is true of students in training programs.

Anat Baniel Video

A special thanks to Brad Beldner for posting the link to this video on Facebook.

Move Into Life: Anat Baniel Speaks With Michael Merzenich

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In the interview below, Dr. Michael Merzenich speaks with Anat Baniel about her new book, Move into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality Watching the clip, I am deeply impressed with Anat’s ability to speak about Feldenkrais principles in a manner that is clear and easy-to-understand. It is an important skill that more people might want to learn. I will let the interview speak for itself:

Anat Baniel Feldenkrais Video: Feldenkrais Achieved What Medicine Could Not

I read a post by Hans Holter Solhjell on an online forum, which made me aware of how many new Feldenkrais Video’s have been posted online recently.

The video below, in which Anat Baniel, Feldenkrais Trainer appears, is particularly poignant for those of us in the Feldenkrais community. It tells the story that many of us know – an infant, “missing” a large portion of her brain stem, who was nonetheless able to grow, learn and develop into a healthy adult, thanks (in part) to the brilliance and flexibility of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Mother nature did the rest.

Thanks to “Healing Quest” and those who created the video and posted it online: