Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes and Private Functional Integration® lessons

with Doron Tadmor

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm

Email: doron@flexible-brain.com

Call or Text: 917-676-6474

It is always recommended to contact me to sign up for class. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly. 

Drop-ins are always welcome pending availability.

(Please specify which dates you would like to attend.)

I am available for private Functional Integration (FI) lessons on a limited basis. Please contact me to schedule.

 

Class Description:

My Awareness Through Movement classes are for the general public. These lessons are explorations of movement sequences, with a focus on improvement of daily functioning. I think of Feldenkrais® as a meditative process of inquiry. Learning to ask simple questions that lead to the potent experiences of increasingly simpler and more comfortable movements. We learn to sense and eventually improve the use of ground forces, learn to experience gravity in a whole new way, improve alignment and overall improve self-organization.

 

Current Themes:

I teach lessons that are often based on Moshe Feldenkrais' "Alexander Yanai" series. There are more than 650 lessons in this series, which Moshe taught in the '60s, for a period of about 10 years, in his Tel Aviv studio (located on "Alexander Yanai" street.) I feel very lucky to be able to hear Moshe Feldenkrais' voice from the original audio recordings of these lessons in Hebrew. The range of themes is wide. Most lessons focus on various aspects of human functioning; walking, turning, sit-to-stand, reaching, lifting, and generally, transitioning from position to position. Some lessons are about the relationships between different parts of yourself. Most of these are challenging lessons, but they are challenging in unusual ways. How we listen, how to sense, noticing patterns, embracing ease and simplicity.

 

Who should come:

My Feldenkrais ATM® (Awareness Through Movement) classes are for the general public. The only pre-requisite to joining a class: you need to be able to get down to the floor and back up, safely. People with very different abilities and conditions attend my classes, and that is great since the work is so personal and each student interprets the lesson I am teaching their own unique way.

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About Doron:

Growing up in Israel, though I wasn't too athletic as a kid, I did love running around outdoors, climbing trees and playing soccer. As a teen, I studied Shorinji Ryu (Karate), which felt quite magical at the time. It somehow felt right for me, as if I found something exciting and meaningful. It somehow gave me some clarity. A connection to myself. After my Film & TV Undergraduate studies at NYU, I started a 15-year career as a motion graphics producer. The demanding daily grind of TV production highlighted old and new physical limitations. I began to experience pain, mostly in and around my back/spine. The pain was at times extreme. I was frustrated and scared. I knew that the gym was not a place for me to seek help or healing, I needed something more intelligent; I was searching for a more intuitive approach. That was when I discovered the soft and internal martial art of Tai Chi Chuan. Coincidentally, I simultaneously discovered the Alexander Technique. Discovering these two complementary approaches finally felt like there was hope.

 

22 years ago, I experienced a Functional Integration® lesson of the Feldenkrais Method®. I knew right away that I liked it. It was gentle and effective. Not only did it help me recover faster from a severe back spasm, but there was another, entirely unexpected, powerful process that started during the lesson, and just kept going. It was great fun too. I was intrigued.

 

I never imagined how transformative this journey of becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner® would be. In 2002 I finally joined a professional Feldenkrais Training. My dream of leaving my tv producing career behind to become a Feldenkrais practitioner began to materialize. My Feldenkrais trainers included Frank Wildman, Rob Ofir, Yvan Joly, Dennis Leri, Mary Spire, Donna Blank, and Stephen Rosenholtz. I graduated in 2006. I experienced 2 other incredible trainers, Mia Segal, and Martin Weiner, in postgraduate advanced trainings. In 2015 I joined IOPS Academy (Ideal Organization & Profound Strength), an 18-month Postgraduate program with Feldenkrais Trainer Jeff Haller.

 

The intense personal challenges both my parents experienced as their health declined during the last years of their lives impacted me profoundly. My mother passed away early in the first year of my Feldenkrais training. Both my parents struggled to remain functional, independent and dignified to the very end. I wish I had known then what I know now about comfort and ease and healing. Especially with regards to my father, who had multiple strokes and was struggling mainly with walking.

 

I love helping people to learn to function more freely, more intelligently, more intuitively and efficiently. I feel that my Tai Chi practice came in handy in my original Feldenkrais Professional Training, and now Tai Chi is an important part of my life as a Feldenkrais practitioner; it helps me in cross-checking myself, in examining ideal ways of moving more and more efficiently.

 

I live in Hastings on Hudson, with my wife and 2 girls (8 & 12.)

I teach Feldenkrais in NYC and Westchester, and joined Inwood Movement in 2017.

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Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM®, Functional Integration®, FI®, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®,