“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, sensing our balance.  Each person becomes aware of how her or his body settles, the movement emerges for each individual and for the group.  As the lesson continues we discover more room for comfort, find interesting variations, and a pattern develops. Monday 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 and 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

Mondays 11:00 am Pacific *45 min Weekly
Tuesdays 7 am Pacific *45 min Weekly Lessons in Spanish
Wednesdays 11:30 am Pacific *45 min Weekly
Sundays 7 am Pacific *45 min Weekly
1st Thursdays 7 am Pacific *45 min Monthly



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 11:30 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. 

Time: Nov 24, 2020 07:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 835 2936 0825 Passcode: Tues@7am​


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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‘Horizons of Understanding’ Katarina Halm Oct 2020

‘Horizons of Understanding’
Re-discovering a phenomenological epoché with Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

By Katarina Halm

October 2020

In January 2014, three Feldenkrais trainers and scholars, Roger Russell, Ulla Schläfke, and Jeff Haller, collaborated with phenomenologist Maxine Sheets-Johnstone to create a seminar on the Feldenkrais Method and philosophy in Yachats on the Oregon coast.  Prior to the seminar, lengthy email correspondences among the participants paved the way for our study. Already in November 2013, Roger Russell pointed us to “Gadamer’s hermeneutics and the necessity of recognizing each individual’s limited horizon of understanding.” (R.  Russell, personal communication, November 17, 2013).  I was intrigued to learn more about other people’s limited horizons of understanding and to further recognize and expand my own.  Understanding grows with experience, as do skill, knowledge, and intuition.
… read more at 
‘Horizons of Understanding’ Katarina Halm October 2020

Dreaming and Moving ~ Katarina Halm article in “My Covid-19 Story group” June 2020

The study of Meridians enhances a developing practice. 
Moshé Feldenkrais spoke about Meridians on several occasions.  The following are notes from his Amherst Functional Integration® Lesson 1 for Leona: Neck and shoulder organization, (2 August 1980).
Leona: “And you are an expert on Karate or Judo?”
Moshé:  “Judo, yes.” … ” In Judo it is not injuring an opponent, but making him admit that he lost his balance. But no one should be injured. In Karate you may inflict terrific blows.”
Leona: “Is it defensive vs offensive?”
Moshé:  “The purpose of Judo is to make the mind and body more alert and efficient.”
Leona: “And you use acupuncture too? Meridians?”
Moshé:  “Some believe the Meridians system exists like blood circulation or the lymphatic system, other systems flow other things.  Meridians show the way ‘Vital Energy’ flows. I do not simply believe it, rather in my work, I know by way of experiencing. But of course, acupuncturists can’t treat everything. If acupuncture was so efficient China wouldn’t have sick people! They would be world experts! You have to take everything with a grain of salt. “…
Moshé:  “The judgment is never final. If you are generous to others, that can change their signature.”
–– informal transcript of the audio from https://feldenkrais-method.org/archive/collection/amherst-evening-lessons/

Dreaming and Moving ~ Katarina Halm article in “My Covid-19 Story group” June 2020

 I was delighted by the cohesiveness of the ‘My COVID-19 Story’ group (May-June 2020). Keiko Honda provided many forms for our collaborations including Google Docs, email, zoom meetings, even the promise of a possible short gathering in Keiko’s garden later this summer with social distancing safely in place  The creativity and camaraderie around our widely varied themes led me to develop my endeavour in leaps and bounds!
I developed a new series of movement explorations, beginning with an abbreviated practice of two classical Meridians. We trace Meridians lightly on our own arms, then rotate the arm around its thumb, later we rotate the same arm around its baby finger. The purpose of the exploration is to refine and develop our self-image, our awareness of ourselves, and the potential for change.  We work with Differentiation & Reintegration into the Self Image as developed by Moshé Feldenkrais.

Upon completion of My COVID-19 Story, a 30-day challenge writing support group project, facilitated by Keiko Honda and supported by West Side NSG (Neighourhood Small Grants), Keiko Honda created a website to hold the stories and commentary: 

“We act in accordance with our self-image” Moshé Feldenkrais

“We act in accordance with our self-image. This self-image—which, in turn, governs our every act—is conditioned in varying degree by three factors: heritage, education, and self-education.”
–– Moshé Feldenkrais, Preface to Awareness through Movement. 1972, 1977

“In those moments when awareness succeeds in being at one with feeling, senses, movement, and thought, the carriage will speed along on the right road. Then man can make discoveries, invent, create, innovate, and know He grasps that his small world and the great world around are but one and that in this unity he is no longer alone.”
–– Moshé Feldenkrais , page 54 Awareness through Movement. 1972, 1977

Thursdays June 2020

 Focusing on Borden Thursdays June 4. 11, 18. 25, 2020

3:30 pm (Pacific time) http://www.focusingonborden.com/workshops

Jenna Chevalier,  Katarina Halm, Ann Johnston, Serge Prengel
A four week series of free classes via zoom.
These evenings will consist of an opening grounding exercise, a 45-minute class, followed by small group Focusing & Listening in breakout rooms.

Click on the links to learn more and to register. 


“the fittest may also be the gentlest, because survival often requires mutual help and cooperation’ (Dobzhansky, 1962).

Our page dedicated to PolyVagal Model ~ Adapting to social distancing ~ Developing relational intricacies includes articles and resources.

Here are a quote and list of section titles from a recent article by Stephen W. Porges.


“the fittest may also be the gentlest, because survival often requires mutual help and cooperation’
(Dobzhansky, 1962). According to Dobzhansky, it
is this capacity to cooperate that enabled the earliest
mammalian species to survive in a hostile world
dominated by physically larger and potentially
aggressive reptiles. Although unaware of Dobzhansky’s
major contributions, the publication that introduced
Polyvagal Theory was titled “Orienting in a defensive
world: Mammalian modifications of our evolutionary
heritage. A Polyvagal Theory” (Porges, 1995). In
retrospect, the title was a tribute to Dobzhansky’s
insightful statement that “nothing in biology makes
sense except in the light of evolution” (Dobzhansky,
1973).” [emphasis added]
–– Stephen W. Porges, page 135 in Porges, S. W. (2020).
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a paradoxical challenge to our
nervous system, a Polyvagal Perspective.
Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17(2),135-138.


For our closer study, a list of section titles and references:
PDF Porges, S. W. (2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic is a paradoxical challenge to our nervous system, a Polyvagal Perspective. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17(2),135-138. (list of section titles)  
RTF Porges, S. W. (2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic is a paradoxical challenge to our nervous system, a Polyvagal Perspective. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17(2),135-138. (list of section titles)


* Dobzhansky, T. (1962). Mankind evolving (pp. 150-152).
New Haven: Yale University Press.

* Dobzhansky, T. (1973). Nothing in biology makes sense
except in the light of evolution. The american biology
teacher, 35(3), 125-129.

* “Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky was a prominent Russian-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the modern synthesis.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodosius_Dobzhansky

* “Theodosius Dobzhansky, a Russian geneticist who moved to the United States, provided laboratory evidence for natural selection and variation where previously there had been only field observation. Dobzhansky’s work with Drosophila, or fruit flies, provided new evidence that supported Darwin’s theory that natural selection, acting on genetic variation in populations, is a driving force in evolution.” “Dobzhansky is remembered today not only for his strictly scientific ACHIEVEMENTS but also for his deep CONCERN about the possible misunderstanding and misuse by SOCIETY of the concepts of genetic variation.” [emphasis added] Credits: Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/06/2/l_062_04.html

‘International Feldenkrais® Week’ Feldenkrais & Taiji Free Zoom classes during May 2020!

Free online classes via ZOOM
‘International Feldenkrais® Week’
Feldenkrais® & Taiji during May 2020!
We are keeping safe and learning how to adapt to changes.
45-minute lessons (listed in Pacific time)
Mondays: 1:15 pm ~ May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Tuesdays: 11:00 am ~ May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Fridays: 1:15 pm ~ May 8th, 15th, 22d, 29th
Saturdays: 11:00 am ~ May 9th, 23rd, 31st
Feldenkrais® Week Special class May 9, 2020`
~~ Noon Pacific may be better for some and we would adjust accordingly ~~
Beginners are welcome
Participate as often as you wish
TO SIGN UP: email or call Katarina

Special class May 2, 2020
How to raise an arm in the least resistant pathway ~ Hand on Sternum * reminiscent of BFL # 33. Mindful Spontaneity pages 234, 235,236 Ruthy Alon 1996 w:Images


Newly published article by Jan Winhall on the felt sense polyvagal model

I have updated the page dedicated to PolyVagal Model ~ Adapting to social distancing ~ Developing relational intricacies with the newly published article by Jan Winhall from the University of Toronto! Also on the page are PDF links to Jan Winhall’s graphics representing the felt sense polyvagal model of emotional regulation.


Addiction from the Bottom Up: A Felt Sense Polyvagal Model of Addiction

Reaching beyond the western, post Descartes view of mind/body duality as distorted and harmful, I have explored alternative ways of experiencing and conceptualizing the body. I think this is critical when working with addiction because our current understanding and treatment of addiction reflect this disembodied view—addiction is seen as a malfunctioning of our computer-like brains. But the current brain disease model is failing us. Rates are soaring. People are dying in the streets. We can and must do better than this. To approach addiction from a new perspective, I created a model to conceptualize and treat addiction: The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (FSPM).