Donna Wood is an amazing Feldenkrais instructor, who is also a sculptor, black belt in Judo and Capoeira and a dancer. Remember – like all therapies – the practitioner plays a huge role in the experience/learning of a healing technique.
Donna has SO generously provided us with 24 amazing Feldenkrais lessons you can practice at home – at no charge! I really encourage you to give this bodywork method a try and see what your body has to say about it. The brilliant thing about these Feldenkrais sessions from Donna is that you don’t need to have access to a computer – as they are audio-guided sessions.
Even if you train in-person with Donna, she gives the group verbal instructions only. She won’t demo anything, as the point is for you to explore and find it within your own body. And THAT is what I found so powerful; learning the dialogue and conversations between the different parts of my body.
Spending 45 minutes learning how to lift my hip using only a foot pressing lightly into the floor with a slight forward movement of the knee – virtually no effort at all. And voila, my shoulders are now lying flatter on the floor! And more importantly, STAYED that way for 2 weeks until I did 7 non-stop hours of manual labor out at my barn.
As I mentioned, Donna will not demo anything for you – even in a live session. YOUR body has to explore and discover the movement that feels good, that feels easy, that feels delicious. So being guided by these audios is very similar to what you’d experience in a live class with Donna – you just can’t peek to see what the other people around you are doing!
The other difference is that in a live session Donna will tailor the class to the people present. There are thousands of Feldenkrais lessons, so if Donna sees that your knee is in trouble (she is able to just scan people’s bodies and see where the difficulties are), and someone else’s neck is really stiff, then she will tailor the class to help those people. So if you’re in San Diego (or visiting), definitely contact her to join in some of her live classes!
But the BIG GIFT of Feldenkrais, in my opinion, is how it invites you to enter into a sacred space with your own body, where you learn to feel into and dialogue with the various parts of your body; and how they relate and interrelate. This is what Donna has so generously given us for free here.
You can play these sessions online, or simply load them onto your mp3 player or iPod/iPhone and away you go. Here they are:
24 FELDENKRAIS LESSONS ~ AT-HOME PRACTICE
Donna Wood Feldenkrais – Lesson 1 – DOWNLOAD MP3
Donna Wood Feldenkrais – Lesson 2 – DOWNLOAD MP3