Yoga & Feldenkrais®
by Kevin Kortan

The classical yoga text, The Yoga Sutra, by Patanjali, explains that posture should be steady and comfortable, easeful and joyful, but also relaxed and alert at the same time: relaxed without dullness and alert without tension. How do we actually have this as our own experience in yoga, and in life?

The Feldenkrais Method provides an immensely effective means of illuminating and supporting the principles and practice of yoga. Its relevance is boundless. Step by step, Feldenkrais offers a way to experience the yoga postures comfortably, easefully and, therefore, effectively and beneficially. Often we strain and struggle because we think this is the only way. We haven't had a taste of something better; we may think that this is how yoga is supposed to be — hard, difficult, and even painful. Much of the time, many of us in our lives and in our yoga practice are using more effort than is needed and we do not realize it. By slowing down, so that we can sense and feel more clearly how we are moving, we begin to experience the yoga postures as dynamic, rejuvenating and endlessly interesting. Flow, fluidity, and flexibility — supple strength and repose-in-action — become our experience of yoga.

The essence of yoga has always been about transformation, invention, and adapting to the times. In that spirit, Feldenkrais is an exquisite way to enter into the practice of yoga that is relevant, safe, and empowering for you, as an individual. First and foremost, the Feldenkrais Method is concerned with learning—our endless human potential to reorganize and adapt, to reinvent ourselves and evolve—much like the essence of yoga.