“It is easier to tell differences when the effort is light” ~ Nov & Dec 2020 Feldenkrais® at  Corona Plaza Life

We develop Feldenkrais® lessons for each person who arrives in our class. We practice just a little, then give time for resting with the changes to absorb and integrate the learning.

Our theme for the months of November and December 2020 :
“It is easier to tell differences when the effort is light”

Quoting Moshé Feldenkrais: “6. It is easier to tell differences when the effort is light All our senses are so built that we can distinguish minute differences when our senses are only slightly stimulated. If I were to carry a heavy load (say a refrigerator) on my back, I could not tell if a box of matches were added to the load, nor would I become aware of it being removed. What is, in fact, the weight that must be added or removed to make one aware that some change of effort has occurred? For muscular efforts or our kinaesthetic sense, that weight is about one-fortieth (1/40) of the basic effort for very good nervous systems. On carrying 400 pounds, we can tell at once when 10 pounds are added or removed from the load. On carrying 40 pounds, we can tell a change of one pound. And everybody can tell with closed eyes when a fly alights on a thin match-like piece of wood or straw, or when it takes to the air again. In short, the smaller the exertion, the finer the increment or decrement that we can distinguish and, also, the finer our differentiation (that is, the mobilization of our muscles in consequence of our sensations). The lighter the effort we make, the faster is our learning of any skill; and the level of perfection we can attain goes hand in hand with the finesse we obtain. We stop improving when we sense no difference in the effort made or in the movement.”
–– Learn to Learn by Moshe Feldenkrais (numbering by KH)

We may begin the lesson with circular movements, such as heart circles, and sensing our balance.  Each person becomes aware of how she/he settles, the movement emerges for each individual and also for the group.  As the lesson continues we discover more room for comfort, find interesting variations, and sometimes a pattern develops. Sunday and Wednesday weekly the lessons are in English, Tuesdays weekly in Spanish,  First Thursdays of each month the lessons are primarily given through gesture. Everyone is welcome. A pre-requisite waiver is required (either in writing or spoken with an affirmative response in the Zoom chat when we meet). We adapt the lesson to include each participant’s level of interest and ability.


“I find the minimal movements during the lessons evoke meaningful learning. I am more aware of that moment when my system is clear and open. I experience an instantaneous felt-sense of curiosity. I can breathe more freely and see that situations are progressing, so I find a more positive view of life. I am more and more aware of my learning as I continue the lessons with Katarina and Thinking in Movement teachers at Corona Plaza Life. I am supported in translating the lessons into a rhythm for myself. Thus I find ways to be conscientious – I find the best place for my energy and endeavors to land each day, each week, and for each project.”
–– Alfo Humano, Focusing trainer, Cordoba, Argentina www.alfohumano.com.ar

“These Feldenkrais classes have really helped me get in touch with my body, learn what it needs, how to calm my nervous system, and to ignite my innate energy. Thank you so much for all the presence, attention, and teaching you have done. I really appreciate it.”
–– Laurie Brill, New Mexico

Awareness through movement®
Sundays 7:00 am Pacific *45 min Weekly continuing into 2021.
Mondays 11:00 am Pacific *45 min Weekly continuing into 2021.
Tuesdays 7:00 am Pacific *45 min Weekly Lessons in Spanish continuing into 2021.
Wednesdays 11:00 am Pacific *45 min Weekly only through December 30 2020 ~ then we plan an earlier hour for this class …
Focusing through gestures:
1st Thursdays 7 am Pacific *45 min Monthly continuing into 2021.





Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® 


Es más fácil notar las diferencias cuando el esfuerzo es ligero

~ Nov & Dec 2020 Feldenkrais® at CoronaPlaza.Life​

Desarrollamos lecciones Feldenkrais® para cada persona que llega a nuestra clase. Practicamos solo un poco, luego damos tiempo para descansar para absorber los cambios e integrar el aprendizaje.

“Es más fácil notar las diferencias cuando el esfuerzo es ligero.Todos nuestros sentidos están construidos de tal manera que podemos distinguir diferencias mínimas cuando nuestros sentidos solo se estimulan ligeramente. Si tuviera que llevar una carga pesada (digamos un refrigerador) en mi espalda, no sabría si una caja de fósforos fue agregada a la carga, ni me percataría de que la quitaron. ¿Cuál es, de hecho, el peso que se debe agregar o quitar para que uno se dé cuenta de que algún cambio de esfuerzo ha ocurrido? Para los esfuerzos musculares o nuestro sentido cinestésico, ese peso es aproximadamente una cuadragésima parte (1/40) del esfuerzo básico para un sistema nervioso muy bueno. Al transportar 400 libras, podemos saber inmediatamente cuándo se agregan o quitan 10 libras de la carga. Al cargar 40 libras, podemos notar un cambio de una libra. Y todo el mundo puede saber con los ojos cerrados cuando una mosca se posa sobre un una cerilla o pajita, o cuando vuelve a volar.En definitiva, cuanto menor es el esfuerzo, más fino es el incremento o decremento que podemos distinguir y, además, más fina nuestra diferenciación (es decir, la movilización de nuestros músculos como consecuencia de nuestras sensaciones). Cuanto menor sea el esfuerzo que hagamos, más rápido será nuestro aprendizaje de cualquier habilidad; y el nivel de perfección que podemos alcanzar va de la mano con la finura que obtenemos. Dejamos de mejorar cuando no sentimos diferencia en el esfuerzo realizado o en el movimiento.”
––  Aprende a aprender de Moshé Feldenkrais  translation by Alfo Humano, Focusing trainer, Cordoba, Argentina www.alfohumano.com.ar

Podemos comenzar la lección con movimientos circulares, círculos del corazón, sintiendo nuestro equilibrio. Cada persona toma conciencia de cómo sienta esto a su cuerpo, surge una variación del movimiento para cada individuo y para el grupo. A medida que continúa la lección, descubrimos más espacio para la comodidad, encontramos variaciones interesantes y se desarrolla un patrón.

“Encuentro que los movimientos mínimos durante las lecciones me provocan un aprendizaje significativo. Soy más consciente de ese momento en el que mi sistema nervioso se despeja y se abre. Experimento una sensación instantánea de curiosidad. Puedo respirar más libremente y ver cómo las situaciones progresan, por lo que encuentro una visión más positiva de la vida.” — Alfo Humano, Argentina.

“Estas clases de Feldenkrais realmente me han ayudado a ponerme en contacto con mi cuerpo, aprender lo que necesita, cómo calmar mi sistema nervioso y encender mi energía innata. Muchas gracias por toda la presencia, atención y enseñanza. Realmente lo aprecio.” — Laurie Brill, Nuevo México, EEUU.

Lunes 11:00 am Pacífico * 45 min Semanal
Martes 7 am Pacífico * Lecciones semanales de 45 min en español
Miércoles 11:00 am Pacífico * 45 min Semanal
Domingos 7 am Pacífico * 45 min Semanal

Los martes a las 12 hs Argentina/16 hs España la lección será en español. Al registrarse pueden colaborar con un aporte o simplemente participar. 


Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®


Y gracias por compartir!

Thinking in Movement!

JUDITH DACK DAY 5 * Monday, Nov 9, 2020 ~ Feldenkrais® Summit November 2020

DAY 5 * Monday, Nov 9, 2020

Feldenkrais® Summit November 2020

Turning Challenges into Possibilities
for the Special Needs Family

Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Certified Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® Practitioner, Certified Pilates Instructor

Turning the challenges of Down syndrome into possibilities

We all want what is best for our children. The quest to unlock a child’s potential is a complex journey for a parent of a child with Down Syndrome. Judith Dack will share how she partners with parents and children to achieve better function than has been predicted. Judith will speak about igniting children’s curiosity, facilitating greater self-awareness of their bodies, and their relationship to their environment. Judith will share strategies that help children with Down Syndrome to more effectively learn to crawl, walk, talk, and cultivate their dreams for a remarkable future.

Judith Dack is the founder and director of Uptown Studio in Toronto, an internationally-recognized practice focused on children with special needs and their families. She is a lifetime certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®, Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® practitioner, Certified Pilates instructor, and currently a ChildSpace training participant. Judith is an international speaker and presenter on neuroplasticity and NeuroMovement®. She is the creator of ‘Parents as the Agents of Change’ workshops for parents, professionals, and fellow practitioners and is a highly sought-after mentor in her field. Judith is a former dancer and the parent of a daughter with a childhood-onset disability.


This summit is fully dedicated to supporting children with special needs and their families.

I addition to the full program,  Join us for Community Discussions:
* Monday, Nov 9, 2020
One Zoom gathering  ~~  7 PM PST
* Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020
Two  Zoom gatherings ~  ~~  noon PM  & 7 PM PST

Sign up for the 2020 Feldenkrais® FREE ONLINE Summit  [Disclosure: if you use the link above to sign up, Thinking in Movement Studio may earn a commission ~ thank you for supporting the studio and the summit.]

Perhaps also enjoy the Thinking in Movement Studio Summit Study Page with an archive of interviews and videos.

The new month of November 2020 ~ Thinking in Movement Studio

The new month of November 2020 ~ Thinking in Movement Studio

Warmest best wishes for staying safe and well, adapting to change, and developing relational intricacies.

Thinking in Movement Studio provides resources and lessons through computer, telephone, and post during this Coronavirus era. The studio fosters a community centered on Ethics and Autonomy. We work in small groups to assist our world during these changing times. The studio is grateful for contributions via either Paypal or Stripe (major credit cards) ~ here is the link to reach the two platforms. Much appreciation also for work-study by those who help with our projects.

––  Katarina Halm, M.A., CFT, GCFP, offering courses for students and professionals, including continuing education hours and syllabi leading to certification.  Credentials, courses, and publications are listed here.


Feldenkrais® Functional Integration® Awareness Through Movement®

Feldenkrais & Breathing

​Feldenkrais Summit study page
A collection of YouTube clips and notes from Feldenkrais summits.

Learn to Learn by Moshe Feldenkrais (numbering by KH)

Feldenkrais®  Professionals

Amherst Study Group for Feldenkrais® or Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) Practitioners and Trainees



Movement Studies

Movement Intelligence

Tai’ Chi

A Sounder World with the Sounder Sleep System™

Move, Focus, Prepare

Continuing Studies

Study Pages & Reading Groups

Experiential Philosophy ~ Gendlin reading group

Thinking at the Edge (TAE)

PolyVagal ~ Adapting to social distancing ~ Developing relational intricacies

The Intelligence of Moving Bodies ~ Ginsburg reading group

Hypermobility ~ a continuing study

Basic Resources

Study page ~ ‘The Weber-Fechner-Henneman Movement Optimization Cycle’  (Russell 2017)

From Franz Wurm’s notes for a lecture on the Feldenkrais® Method, given in the 1970s

Patricia A. Buchanan (2012). The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education

14 Classical Meridians & Meridian Hours

The Five-Stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition by Stuart E. Dreyfus

Recent Writings

Katarina’s Blog ~ Moments

‘Horizons of Understanding’ Katarina Halm October 2020

Dreaming and Moving Katarina Halm June 2020


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