Awareness through Movement® (ATM)
“The lessons are designed to improve ability, that is, to expand the boundaries of the possible: to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult into the easy, and the easy into the pleasant.” (M. Feldenkrais, Awareness through Movement)
Awareness through Movement® (ATM) classes
These are group classes with verbal guidance as participants progress through a series of gentle movements, engaging thinking, sensing, and imaging as they move. The lessons are based on developmental movements and functional activities. The movements begin simply and gradually become more complex.
You will go through the movements at your own pace. As you move, you will become aware of your habitual movements and patterns of rigidity. You will learn how to ease these patterns and eliminate unnecessary effort. You will become able to organize your movements more efficiently and bring this knowledge with you as you think, sense and move in your daily life.
Dancers, actors, athletes use this work to perform more efficiently. People with back, shoulder and neck strains learn how to get rid of unhelpful habits and improve their posture.
Others simply enjoy the guided movements and discover how to move easier and more elegantly during everyday tasks like walking, driving, house and garden work, childcare, sitting at your computer…
Click here to find current research findings on the benefit of Awareness Through Movement®
Join the Awareness through Movement class in Hyattsville!
When: Tuesdays 6.15 pm
Where: usually at the Yoga Space 4206 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD 20781
Fee: $ 15 for drop in, $100 for 10 classes
For Awareness through movement classes please wear comfortable clothes. Lessons take 45 – 60 minutes. You might lie on a mat, on the floor, sit or stand.
Ready for a taste? This is a 3 minute sample:
Sit on the edge of your chair with both feet flat on the floor; Keep your knees hip-width apart and rest your hands on your thighs.
Breath in. Breath out.
Your test movement: Look to the right, as far as you can turn without any strain. Mark the spot on the wall that you are facing now, turned to the right. Return to the middle. Breath.
Now turn to the right but keep your eyes facing front (your eyes are not moving, just your head). Come back, repeat 4-5 times.
Repeat the test movement, turning eyes and head to the right: did you turn further than before? Breath.
Turn again to your right, but this time keep your face and eyes facing front (just move your shoulders and upper body but not your head). Come back, repeat 4-5 times. Breath. Rest for a few seconds.
Move your left knee forward. You will feel your pelvis shift on the chair. Come back, repeat 4-5 times.
Now bring your left knee forward and look to the right as you did in the very beginning with your test movement. Can you turn further without strain? Do you feel more of yourself involved in the act of turning? Stand up and sense how you are standing on the floor.
You are welcome to repeat steps 1-8 on your left side!
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