Habits of Love

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” Rumi Valentine’s Day is a day where we traditionally think of romantic love. But I wanted to think about love from a Feldenkrais perspective. When I read this Rumi quote … More Habits of Love

Breathing and Anxiety

When we are anxious it affects our breathing. It becomes shallower, faster. We hold our chest still. Then the ribs can’t move with the breath. Often we’ll hold the low chest muscles, stopping the movements of the diaphragm. Again, stopping the lungs from expanding. Very useful if we want to pretend we’re dead whilst a … More Breathing and Anxiety

Rethinking Posture

One of my class members today mentioned her bad posture in passing.  I didn’t have enough time to talk about it in the way I wanted during the class, so I’m writing about it now instead, What do you think about your posture? Often people tell me they have “bad posture” in lessons. I usually … More Rethinking Posture

Feldenkrais Method for Musicians – Why do it?

You are your primary Instrument… Whether that’s a Strad or a factory violin is up to how you use what you have! All of our technique, whatever we play or sing, boils down on movement:  we move ourselves to create music. The less effort and tension we use, the better, and more efficiently, we can bring across to … More Feldenkrais Method for Musicians – Why do it?

Habits of Gratitude

Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of Atonement. It’s a day on which we fast and and repent, and symbolically hope we behaved well enough to be inscribed in the Book of Life this year. Actually, the first service of Yom Kippur starts the evening before, and ends just before sunset, called Kol Nidrei. It’s … More Habits of Gratitude