Stephen Rosenholtz

Basic Lessons in Awareness Through Movement, Series I

With Stephen Rosenholtz
Basic Lessons in Awareness Through Movement: Series I with Stepehn Rosenholtz explores posture, breathing, and the use of the imagination to increase smooth functioning and effective movement. This first series concentrates on floor work and interweaves theories of how learning is related to both hemispheres of the brain with Awareness Through Movement.

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Each DVD consists of eight basic half-hour exercises appropriate for all ages and levels of ability.

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"Solid, thorough and satisfying.... The quality of the communication throughout these lessons is remarkable."—Yoga Journal

  • Training the Flexors: Elbow to Knee

  • Elbow to knee explores variations of the oldest and most basic function of bending. The focus is on developing a full range of use for the stomach muscles.

  • Rolling to Sit

  • Rolling to Sit takes a very habitual action that we have done thousands of times without knowing exactly how we do it and helps us to become aware of reducing effort and achieving an ease of movement.

  • Differentiating Shoulder and Hip on the Side

  • The ability to differentiate, to rearrange the ingredients of action, is the basis of all learning. We will take a very primitive action, connecting shoulder and hip, and differentiate the movement of each, and then reconnect them for a integrated movement.

  • What is Good Posture? The Pelvic Clock

  • This lesson explores Feldenkrais’ idea of the ability to move in any direction by use of the image of a clock face under the pelvis. It is particularly useful to connect the movement of the pelvis with that of the head, the most central relationship to smoother movement.

  • Imaginary Movements: Take the Arm Back on the Side

  • Imaginary movements explores how we can learn to utilize the imagination to improve movement, rather than just repeating a pattern over and over. It is a skill utilized by and athletes, musicians and performing artists working at the highest levels of achievement.

  • Flexors and Extensors: Tilt the Knees on the Back

  • Flexors and Extensors explores twisting on the back, Without any particular strain or effort it is possible to realize a great improvement in the ability to twist by understanding in ourselves the relationship of the flexors of the chest and abdomen with the extensors of the back.

  • Two Hemispheres of the Brain: Shoulder & Hip Circles

  • This lesson explores how with the attention to actions of parts on just one side of the body, our brain generalizes the improvement throughout the whole side.

  • Making the Possible Effortless: From Lying on Stomach to Sitting

  • Feldenkrais often made lessons that begin with a small movement and develop into a grand action, taking what is difficult and making it easy and then elegant.This lesson moves from lying on the stomach to sitting up in one elegant movement.
Stephen Rosenholtz earned his Ph.D. in education at Stanford University in 1981. Then in 1983 he graduated from the Amherst Feldenkrais Professional Training with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Since his graduation, he has maintained a practice and taught in Feldenkrais trainings worldwide. Stephen has served as educational director of trainings in Germany and Switzerland and, for the past 20 years, as educational director of the Feldenkrais training in Colima, Mexico. He currently serves as coeducationaldirector of the Mexico Feldenkrais® Training.


Dr. Rosenholtz is also the creator of Move Like the Animals and Monkey Moves, award-winning musical movement programs for children based on Feldenkrais’s lessons. If you have children of your own or work with them professionally, then you will certainly enjoy this series.