As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles. The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life — physically and emotionally — by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis.
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Introduction to the Primitives—An Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners

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Introduction to the Primitives
Radical Insight Into Functional Integration
An Advanced Training with Dennis Leri

The Feldenkrais Institute of New York is proud to offer a beautiful video recording of an Advanced Training with Dennis Leri. It was exquisitely filmed at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, by Feldenkrais Practitioner and Videographer, Juniper Perlis, and is available via Streaming Video on Demand or Digital Video Download.

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In this Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners, Dennis Leri introduces the notion of a primitive and shows how it can be applied to our work. Dennis reveals how ‘the primitives’ can guide us in organizing our actions, thinking, and intentions, and make our Functional Integration more effective. As Dennis explores how meaning merges out of what we do and how we do it, he focuses on three categories of primitives:

Dennis explains and explores three categories of primitives:

1. The movement primitives, which are the basis for all human movement. You will learn how movement primitives are found at all levels of action. Dr. Feldenkrais said that his lessons were no better than common exercise if they did not clarify what he called ‘the primary image’. Dennis explains how to use movement primitives to see, sense and know the primary image. Both the primitives and the primary image will help you to “see” and experience Function, Differentiation and Integration.

2. The conceptual primitives, which guide all effective thinking. You will learn how to use modes of “fluid thinking” to know how to proceed in Functional Integration, and how to know when an Functional Integration lesson is finished.

3. The categorical primitives which orient our intention toward the aesthetic, pragmatic and theoretical aspects of a Functional Integration lesson.
    - In an aesthetic lesson, how do we aim for elegance or beauty?
    - In a theoretical lesson, our intention is organized around creating and testing a hypothesis, what general principles can, or do our Functional Integration lessons demonstrate?
    - In a pragmatic lesson, how do we invent new means to act, bridge gaps, and see what others don’t?

This workshop consists of Three Awareness Through Movement® lessons, eight lectures, and six Functional Integration demonstrations.

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imageDennis Leri (1946-2016)  worked in and directed Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs around the world and was highly regarded as an innovative and inspiring teacher. He graduated from the first U.S. Feldenkrais training program and worked closely with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1973-1984 in the U.S. and at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Dennis’ both accessible and challenging teaching style reflects training in Western and Eastern philosophy, psychology, and martial arts. He studied personally with Milton Erickson, and studied Buddhism with Jiyu Kennett Roshi and Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. Dennis also studied closely with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for over ten years. He had 35 years of experience in Japanese and Chinese martial arts, including Chi Kung. Aikido and Tai Chi. Dennis’ teaching was also informed by the work of his close teachers, Francisco Varela, Humberto Maturana and Heinz von Forester. He published numerous articles on the Feldenkrais Method.



Day One
Lecture: Introduction to the Primitives and the Primary Image
Awareness Through Movement Lesson: The Primary Image #1
Lecture: Further Explication Regarding the Primary Image
Functional Integration Demonstration:
Clarifying the Primitives or How Each Person Organizes to be Oneself

Day Two
Lecture: When the Lines are Long, the Muscles are Long
Functional Integration: Demonstration, Guidance and Commentary
Functional Integration Demonstration:
The Seventh Cervical and Imagery in Action
Lecture: The Concrete and the Abstract in the Feldenkrais Method
Functional Integration: Demonstration, Guidance and Commentary
Awareness Through Movement: The Primary Image with Tubes

Day Three
Lecture: Vibrant Viability Versus Perfection
Awareness Through Movement: The Primary Image Expanded
Lecture: Clarifying the Primary Lines
Functional Integration Demonstration: The Foot to the Head
Lecture: The Non-Linearity of Functional Integration
Functional Integration: Demonstration, Guidance and Commentary
Lecture: The Primary Lines of Force and Waiting