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Dennis Leri Podcast

I am pleased to present an interview with Dennis Leri. Dennis is not only a Feldenkrais Trainer, but a Martial Artist and Buddhist who has a great deal of experience with thinkers and doers such as Miltion Erickson, Charles S. Peirce, Francisco Varela, Heinz von Foerster and many, many others.

He has published dozens of articles, many of which can be found on his Semiophysics website.

In this conversation, I ask a Dennis a cluster of related questions. For example, what areas in which he thinks Moshe Feldenkrais might have “missed the boat” or was unclear in his ideas, and if there were “new ideas” that Moshe was formulating but never had the opportunity to develop.

Conversely, I asked Dennis where he thinks we, as a community, missed certain ideas or threads in Moshe’s thinking. We also touch on the training and accreditation process. I asked Dennis if the needs of creating a profession have shaped the work in ways that might not be entirely clear or conscious. His answers may surprise you.

Along the way, Dennis tells some illuminating stories about self and identity, Moshe’s history, and aspects of Dr. Feldenkrais and his personality that many people have not had a chance to see and fully appreciate.

I hope to speak to Dennis again. Enjoy:

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Feldenkrais® Podcast #17: Moti Nativ

Welcome to Feldenkrais® Podcasts. Today, we have Moti Nativ, a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Martial Artist from Israel.

Moti will be teaching a workshop at the Feldenkrais Conference in Boulder (2008) which is open to both Feldenkrais Practitioners and the public. He was recently in the U.S. teaching in North Carolina and he was kind enough to speak to me – from the Airport – before he got on the plane to go back home.

Moti is a rather colorful character. He served for 23 years in the Israeli army and retired as Colonel, only to be “re-activated” and serve for another goverrnment agency before retiring a second time.

In the army, Moti studied and used a variety of Martial Arts, studying and reaching deeply into the “core” of the martial arts. He began his Feldenkrais Training in 1991, and trained with Anat Baniel, Ruth Alon, Eilat Almagor and others. He is comfortable teaching both Awareness Through Movement and the Martial arts and demonstrating the relationships between the two.

The Martial Arts Roots of the Feldenkrais Method

In this podcast, and in Moti’s conference workshop, he speaks to and teaches about “the fighting roots of the Feldenkrais Method,” and Moshe’s book “Practical Un-Armed Combat.” Moti also speaks about Moshe’s other Martial arts book, written in Hebrew: “Ju-jitsu and Self Defense,” published in 1931. Moti believes this book is one of the most important layers in the development of the FM, a topic I hope to we return to in greater depth in a future podcast.

Please enjoy Moti Nativ:

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Podcast #16: Feldenkrais Method Conference: Katrin Smithback, Diana Razumny

Today we have Feldenkrais Trainers, Katrin Smithback and Diana Razumny who are Program Committee members (Katrin is the Chairperson) for the next Feldenkrais (FGNA) conference to be held in Boulder Colorado from July 25th to August 1st, 2008.

The whole Program Committee “thing” has been a bit of a mystery to me, so I asked Diana and Katrin to enlighten us about the process of planning a conference and who decides who is on the committee.

In this year’s conference (as in year’s past), there has been a big push to have more workshops for the public. This is both for the sake of the growing the Method AND for practitioners who want examples and models of workshops that can be taught to the public.

This year’s conference has more public workshops than any other conference has ever had, including workshops for skiers, fly fishers (!), yoga and pilates students, workshops on Gurdjieff, Mable Todd and on many other topics.

Diana and Katrin also speak about this year’s keynote Speaker, Joan Borysenko, Ph.D who wrote the book, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind (Bantam New Age Books).

We also speak briefly about the research forum and research colloquium, a topic that I hope to take up in greater detail in a later podcast – possibly with Jim Stephens, Pat Buchanan and Roger Russell.


The 2008 Feldenkrais Method® Annual Conference Program Committee is as follows:
Katrin Smithback, chair, Diana Razumny, Sissel Rhyme, Chris Wismer
and Peter Cover, Conference Coordinator.

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Feldenkrais Podcast #15: Dr. Stephen Gilligan

A Conversatation With Stephen Gilligan

Thanks to my good friend Michale Beale, a Business NLP Trainer from the U.K. I can offer you a conversation with Dr. Stephen Gilligan.

One of John Grinder and Richard Bandler’s original students, and also a student of Milton H. Erickson, Stephen is now an internationally respected trainer of hypnosis.

He is the author of numerous books in the area of hypnosis and psychotherapy including, “Therapeutic Trances: The Cooperation Principle in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy” He also wrote the “The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-Relations Psychotherapy” – to name just two of the many books, chapters and articles that he has written over the years.

Steve runs a yearly hypnosis training near San Diego, California called “Trance Camp.” Trance Camp is an experiential workshop for those interested in exploring hypnotic states and their relevance to creativity, change and personal evolution. (I spent 2 weeks in Steve’s trance camp back in 2001 and it was quite delightful. It’s kind of like the first year of a Feldenkrais training – I don’t remember much of but I know it was amazing.)

In years past, I know that Stephen has invited Feldenkrais Practitioners to teach daily Awareness Through Movement Lessons at his workshops. I am also under the impression that Stephen is the person who introduced Moshe Feldenkrais and Milton Erickson and was present at several of their meetings. I hope to talk to him personally about this in a future podcast.

For now, please enjoy Michael Beale and his conversation Dr. Stephen Gilligan:

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Feldenkrais Podcast #14: C. Rabke, Feldenkrais, Structural Integration, Buddhist Guy

Today we have – Carl Rabke (spelled just like it doesn’t sound).

Carl brings a unique perspective to Feldenkrais Podcasts, he is a Structural Integration Practitioner (related to Rolfing), Feldenkrias Practitioner and also a practicing Buddhist .

In this podcast, recorded several months ago, I ask Carl why he made the switch from Structural Integration to Feldenkrais. He mentions being taken with Ruthy Alon’s books “Mindful Spontaneity” and, to Carl, the books evocation of Buddhist principles of awareness.

When I first recorded this Podcast, Carl was not yet done with his Feldenkrais training and I was curious what it was like to give Structural Integration sessions to clients while still learning Feldenkrais process. I was also interested in the idea of the “fascia” from a structural integration perspective.

Click to listen or download: Carl Rabke Podcast

BTW – In this podcast, Carl and I make reference to the “10 Sessions.” We are referring to the series of sessions that Structural Integration practitioners and Rolfers typically give to a new client.

Come see Carl and his wife Erin Geesaman at Body Happy in Salt Lake City Utah.

Feldenkrais Podcast #13: Jerry Karzen, Feldenkrais Trainer…

Jerry Karzen shares a Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movementâ„  lesson with us. Jerry created this recording specifically for Feldenkrais Podcasts. Thanks Jerry! Listen carefully and you can hear some birds chirping and singing in the background, probably some deep subliminal messages created by Mother Nature to suggest that you attend Jerry’s next Feldenkrais Training in Hawaii…

Here we go: A Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement Lesson, called Generalized Coordination: Head, Legs, and Eyes, by Jerry Karzen

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Feldenkrais Podcast #12: Dr. Frank Wildman

Dr. Wildman is perhaps one of the most prolific Feldenkrais Trainers having taught dozens of Feldenkrais Trainings in areas as such as the U.S., Japan, Australia and many countries in Europe. In this aproximately 35 minute conversation I talk with Frank about whether the Feldenkrais Method is more accepted in certain parts of the world and what might account for that.

We have a wide and varied conversation, discussing the marketing and the “perceived value”of the method, mentioning some recently succesfull examples of marketing acumen as found in Pilates and Yoga. Frank mentions the need for effective business models and business skills, to help spread the Feldenkrais Method.

I ask Frank about some of the historical details about the early Feldenkrais trainings and to speak to some of Moshe’s early thoughts about the Feldenkrias Method as a profession.

We end with a brief conversation about Dr. Wildman’s workshop, “Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability.” Short video’s of which you can see elsewhere on this blog.

Feldenkrais Podcast #12: Download Podcast With Dr. Frank Wildman

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Feldenkrais Podcast #11: Uncommon Sensing© by Alan Questel, Part 2

Welcome to Uncommon Sensing©, Part 2, this podcast is a 44 minute, Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement® lesson by Alan Questel from his CD-set “Uncommon Sensing: Moving Beyond Your Self Image.”

The introduction to this lesson can be found in Feldenkrais Podcast #10

Here is track #2, a 44-minute exploration of space and dimensionality by use of Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement:

Feldenkrais Podcast #11: Uncommon Sensing, Part 2

**Alan will be teaching this workshop at the University of Utah, June 16 –17th at the Marriot Center for Dance, call 877-533-6933 for details.

You can purchase the entire workshop on CD directly from Alan by sending him an email: ASQUESTEL at There are also a number of online stores that sell Alan’s products, including easymovement and achievingexcellence.

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