Humility of learning from a feldenkrais perspective

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An exploration of the Hebrew culture;
its tradition of teaching & learning and its influence on the Feldenkrais Method.

by Eva Laser

In "The Feldenkrais Method, teaching by handling". Dr Feldenkrais does not write a lengthy foreword which apparently was opposed to his deeper understanding of humility, learning and knowledge; he plainly writes exactly how he explained it in a lecture for director Peter Brook and Teatro Campesino in the early summer of 1973.


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Yochanan Rywerant no longer summons students around his bench or the floor to explain the elements of the Feldenkrais system. A long undertaking to make the principles of the method visible and explainable in a sensory context has reached a new phase. His refined touch is to be felt no more...

This eulogy by Eva Laser was published in Somatics Magazine Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences Volume XVI Number 3.

He was born in Czernowitz

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From time to time I search the web and I came across a tribute in his name

by Eva Laser

"Dear all, 

Below is a link to a tribute to Yochanan Rywerant, born in Czernowitz 
in the 1920's, deported to Transnistria with his mother Shulamit 
Wurmbrand in 1941, survived in Mogilev working at Jagendorf's Foundry, 
studied, worked and taught with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for many decades 
in Israel, taught the Feldenkrais method throughout the world, and 
wrote a number of books about it.

Last student, last touch, last joke

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With Honor to Yochanan Rywerant

by Moti Nativ

"Yochanan Ryverant began learning from Dr. Feldenkrais about the Method in 1952; I was then two years old. Many people learned from and followed Yochanan for decades. I was lucky to have the opportunity to become Yochanan’s student and friend, during the last two years of his life.

Overcoming Community Prejudice to Discover Yochanan

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Introducing this page at Feldyforum, a discussion forum for Feldenkrais Teachers, Rob Cohen contacted me and wrote;

Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to create a homage site to Yochanan on the internet. Yochanan offered a unique contribution to the method, seeking a clarity of theory, application, and pedagogy of high standards and unswerving purpose. After the Guild was formed and he chose not to work under the direction of those junior to him, his influence within the international structures of the work became marginalized. I hope that the site grows and that his idiomatic way of looking at the work is not lost to posterity.

So I replied. Please write something more - and he did.

Språkets begränsningar

The world is not just black and white, but rather it has all possible shades of grey.

It is easier to understand one another when we are friends, and have established a common meaning of words, than to speak precisely enough to be understood by those who do not wish to be led up the garden path.

Moshe Feldenkrais The Elusive Obvious, Basic Feldenkrais