I've been reading my yoga books again, in between all of the other books. Maybe the feeling of Spring and regrowth and the beauty of azalea blossoms re-kindled my interest in yoga reading and more devotion in my practice. I do yoga almost everyday, sometimes skipping Sundays, and usually attend two classes a week, but my yoga reading has slowed down in the last few months.
Whether it was picking up the grandchild or moving furniture or a too enthusiastic practice, or a combination (most likely) of all of the preceding and the ever-present scoliosis, I've done something to that right SI joint. As a result, I've been taking slower, gentler, more exploratory sequences of asanas and reading more about joints, muscles, and lower back problems and choosing asanas that calm and strengthen and omitting those that interfere with strength and ease.
I have had a new yoga center on my radar for several months and finally decided to give it a try. It was a lovely practice that seemed remarkably geared to what I needed. The Arodasi Center is located in a wonderful old home in the Highland District, and the teacher, Kristin Hanna, is one of those people who seem intrinsically at home with herself and others. The practice was slow and gentle and left me with the feeling of alertness and peaceful relaxation that I adore about both yoga and tai chi.
Kristin Hanna is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator in the Feldenkrais Method. I'm finding myself with a new fascination and have a one-on-one private session for Functional Integration scheduled for Friday.
It is one of those synchronicitous discoveries -- when reading The Vigorous Mind (the first time), my interest in the workings of the brain and in neuroplasticity was aroused. Norman Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself (one of my favorite "brain" books) mentions Feldenkrais' work and the way it can change brain patterns.
Here is a bit about the Feldenkrais Method and Moshe's Feldenkrais' work as a physicist, his escape from Nazi-occupied Paris with French atomic secrets, his training of British paratroopers in hand-to-hand combat, and more about his method. Yes, I definitely want to read a biography.This post on my self-challenge inspired by The Vigorous Mind needs some serious updating, but the journey it set me on has included: becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher, reading more about the brain and neuroplasticity, deepening my yoga practice, and now, perhaps, a new discovery that will further my understanding of the mind/body connection.
Have any of you had any experience with Feldenkrais?