Elizabeth Beringer

Embodied Learning: Focus on the Knees and Ankles, Volume I

By Elizabeth Beringer

Focus on the Knees and Ankles, Volume I is one of our most popular series for those new to the Feldenkrais Methodand those with experience. Ideal for improving knee health and enhancing the way you move through life — from walking to running.

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By Elizabeth Beringer

Focus on the Knees and Ankles, Volume I is one of our most popular series for those new to the Feldenkrais Methodand those with experience. Ideal for improving knee health and enhancing the way you move through life — from walking to running.

The lessons in this series are oriented toward those who wish to improve the functioning of their legs, and specifically their knees and ankles. Most programs for the improvement of difficulties in the knees depend on strengthening. This educational program focuses on other issues critical to the health of knees and ankles, addressing such themes as improving the flexibility of all the joints in the legs for greater resiliency; how to reduce chronic tension that interferes with comfortable, healthy movement; how to distribute effort through the legs in order to reduce strain on particular joints and the improvement of alignment through the joints.

The Feldenkrais Methodalways works with individual joints in the context of larger movement patterns involving the whole person, and so focusing on overall posture will also be used to enhance the functioning of the knees and ankles. All lessons in this series are basic and gentle,  appropriate for those recovering from an injury. No prior experience with the Feldenkrais Method is necessary.

The author of the series, Elizabeth Beringer, has 40 years' of experience teaching the Feldenkrais Method. She created this series following her own recovery from a serious knee injury.

  1. Introduction: Sliding Legs with Ease
  2. Sliding Legs with Ease, Part 2
  3. A Mobile Pelvis Frees The Ankles
  4. Circling The Ankles
  5. Finding Stability For Strength
  6. Finding Stability for Strength, Part 2
  7. Improving Walking While Sitting
  8. Moving from head to Foot While Standing

Elizabeth Beringer studied and worked closely with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1976 to 1984 in both Israel and the U.S. She has been involved with the practice and development of the Feldenkrais Method for more than 30 years, including founding and editing The Feldenkrais Journal, developing educational programs and materials, and co-founding Feldenkrais Resources with David Zemach-Bersin in 1984.

Elizabeth holds a 6th-degree black belt in the martial art Aikido, which greatly informs her Feldenkrais work. Currently, she is the educational director of ongoing training programs in London, Switzerland and in California at the Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego, where she maintains her private practice.

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