“On Improving Posture”
An Awareness Through Movement ® (ATM) workshop from the Feldenkrais Method ®.
November 9, 2019, Saturday at Vista Yoga

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM ET (1-hour lunch break 12:00-1:00 PM)

$70 per person

What is good posture? Most of us have being on the receiving end of the admonishment to stand/sit “straight”.

This well-meaning advice is not really helpful as 1) there are no straight lines in biology and the spine itself is curved, 2) it is received as an invitation to stiffen the spine, pull back the shoulders, and thrust the chest out and 3) it is only a matter of time before fatigue and force of habit pulls us back into our habitual organization.

The conventional definition of good posture also applies to a person at rest, i.e. either in sitting or in standing. What is good posture in movement?

Dr. Feldenkrais coined the term “Acture” to describe the minute adjustments that individuals make to maintain correct posture during day-to-day activities. He believed that good posture/acture does not result from doing “more” or making more effort. Counter-intuitively, it is our natural state, one that is achieved by doing less!

In this full day workshop, we will:

1. Look at a more useful and instructive definition of what is “Good Posture”.
2. Experience in ourselves a feeling of being more erect, poised & balanced in sitting, standing and in movement.
3. Use a series of easy-to-do movement sequences, to experience improved posture in ourselves.
4. Learn simple ways in which we can move with good posture to improve our day-to-day life.

Ravi Prabhakar

Ravi is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Practitioner. He graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer and followed it with a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration. He has lived and worked in 7 countries in the past 18 years and currently resides in Decatur with his family. He finds endless joy and amazement in learning about the human body and uncovering its potential. Much like Feldenkrais himself, a nagging knee injury led Ravi to look for ways to improve his condition. After trying several forms of therapy, from the conventional to the esoteric, Ravi discovered the Feldenkrais Method, which he feels has been the most effective in addressing the root cause of the pain – an inability to sense oneself. Teaching Awareness Through Movement lessons is his way to explore the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.