Feldenkrais and Aikido – October 16, 2017
Aikido and Feldenkrais, Feldenkrais and Aikido
Some of our readers will notice changes on the website this month to better position some of our educational and informative content. The more it comes along, the more we can see familiar schools of movement brought to the forefront. One example of this is the somewhat recent addition of Aikido to our class offering and web tree. I recently had a moment to ponder on my formative years in the Dojo, and thought I could share some of my story with you to better unify and outline why Aikido, Feldenkrais, and other movement teachings fit together in class, and how they came together in my life in particular.
Starting with Aikido, I first encountered the Japanese martial art as a 16 year old. Since then, I have immersed myself intensely and obsessively in the practice. Aikido has been absolutely essential to my life and has been instrumental in shaping me into the person I have become. It’s teachings, more than the obvious physical challenges and lessons, help to develop one’s sense of self and possibility. This a benefit felt deeply, whether in motion or sitting perfectly still.
I was introduced to the Feldenkrais Method and began studying it while I was an uchideshi, studying Aikido and living at the Dojo. The knowledge of these two threads of learning, these two movement systems, has provided cross-fertilization, and have intertwined and co-mingled with each other in interesting and unexpected ways. I practice Aikido and Feldenkrais with single-minded dedication, a study that has been long and deep. It is sometimes difficult to know where Aikido ends and where Feldenkrais begins, they flow so beautifully into and out of one another. I see each one as a part of the other. My teaching reflects this as I incorporate both streams of knowledge and movement. This means that there are fewer hard lines separating worlds. – DW
Moving with Kids – August 7, 2017
I have been working with the kids at a Tijuana school for almost 2 years now, teaching Feldenkrais, art and Martial arts.I have been working with the kids at a Tijuana school for almost 2 years now, teaching Feldenkrais, art and Martial arts. I have learned so much doing this, and it is always so much fun. I’ve recently noticed that some of the things that I do with the children have circled back into my teachings with adults and teens. Several of the new class offerings directly reflect what I am doing in Tijuana at the school.
People that I’m working with in San Diego, (and in several other places as well) have expressed interest in this ongoing project. I’m currently working with the kids on a weekly basis. I would like to experiment with bringing a group of people to participate on a monthly basis. Many hands make for lighter work. There is no commitment to make. If you would like to participate in some way, please join us! Every month there will be different projects we can engage in; from helping to build a house for a local family, or helping someone learn to read. These are small, simple, things that make a world of difference (This almost sounds like Feldenkrais)!
Absolutely everyone in invited, Spanish speakers, non Spanish speakers, and loving hearts of all ages. It will be fun, helps people out, and will grow and expand our community of like-minded movers. Our first event will be Saturday August 26, from 1-4;30p. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please don’t hesitate to contact me. See you at the studio. – DW
Coming Home – March 3, 2017
Even from my vantage point from a window seat 2,000 meters in the air, Mexico City is breathtaking. She stretches out in every direction; sprawl, glitter and beauty. This c
ity is everything that I love.
I am returning home from teaching a series of intensive workshops. It has been overwhelming, exhausting and absolutely wonderful beyond measure! Two weeks of intensive teaching and LOTS of FI giving. I return home energized and inspired.
I’m looking forward to classes at the studio this month. We have some new things beginning in March, including a new Feldenkrais Lending Library and Feldenkrais At Home audio packages. In addition to regularly scheduled class, will also be a weekly aikido sessions. We will break in our new tatami mats with some break falls! See you at the studio. – DW
Growing Community – Nov. 14, 2016
After a whirlwind of teaching, it’s nice to be back home at the studio. I recently instructed at Feldenkrais workshops in Brooklyn, San Jose, and two in La Mesa. Wonderful to meet and learn with each one of you. Thank you for participating and being part of this community we are growing!
Special gratitude to Geri, Lisa and Janet for creating these beautiful gatherings. Many thanks to Mark and Wes, also, for masterminding the project and making it concrete. I couldn’t do this without any of you.
I’m particularly enamoured with the la Mesa workshops. What a beautiful experience with lovely people in a spectacular setting. The community which we are building in San Diego is one I am very excited to contribute to. Positivity and togetherness are virtues valuable beyond words.
Wow! Let’s continue with what we started. In January, taking inspiration from the la Mesa workshops, Feldenkrais San Diego will offer a monthly Saturday Feldenkrais intensive 10:30-2:30. Please join us. Details will be announced soon.
In Mexico, the Sharda Community Movement Arts Center will open its doors in Tijuana. So excited to be teaching the first classes at Sharda this Friday at 6p.
Also in Mexico, we raised $337 for the children at Hogar Juvenile San Juan Bosco Orphanage! Thank you, Marilyn. Wonderful!! – DW
Summer of Transition – Oct. 18, 2016
This has been my Summer of Transition. A time of loss, growth, introspection, engagement and new projects. I spent the summer teaching Feldenkrais at a school in Tijuana. This has been a tremendously rewarding learning process for me; teaching in Spanish, working with children and their families. Incredible.
As a natural extension of this experience, a group of friends and I are creating the Sharda Community Movement Arts Center. Sharda is located in Playas de Tijuana. Of course, all my Feldenkrais classes at Sharda will be taught in Spanish.
Along with the theme of transition, I recently opened a new studio in San Diego. I held a showcase week of free classes and a fun little social after the last evening class where I enjoyed chatting with students and friends new and old. I thank everyone that attended and look forward to seeing you in class again.
During the showcase week, and in lieu of the free classes, I collected donations for the Hogar Juvenile San Juan Bosco Orphanage in Mexico, where I have many friends and worked with the children. We collected a total of $227.00! Thanks to all of those who donated for their generosity.
Coming up, I am looking forward to our destination workshop in La Mesa, where I will be teaching intensive ATM. Contact me to RSVP, space is limited! – DW