Do You Know Of Alexander Yanai Sessions?

Alexander Yanai Volumes 3-450x384I have been going back recently to doing several sessions from the "Alexander Yanai" series that Moshe Feldenkrais taught in Israel for many years. In particular Alexander Yanai #1: "Bending the head to the side while sitting," and Alexander Yanai #2, "Seeing the heels" plus whichever ones I end up doing over the weekend. Many times over the years I have done what I call "Feldenkrais Deep Dives" where I work intensively with the Alexander Yanai sessions and other such as the Esalen workshop and do 2-3 sessions per day, everyday, for as long as I can handle it. The changes that I have created for myself by doing so have been tremendous. I may speak to that in a future session. For now I will say that going to grad school (and quitting grad school), expanding my business and moving to Mexico are all changes in my life that I attribute to my intensive of Feldenkrais sessions.

Do you know what they are? Have you used them?

But I am not sure how many people know of the Alexander Yanai sessions. Do you? Would you be willing to leave me a comment below and let me know? And if you know of them, do you have access to them? That is, do you have the transcripts? Just curious. Most people who have taken a Feldenkrais training know of Alexander Yanai, but I am not sure if other folks do. Thoughts?

ryannagy
I am a lifetime fan of the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, a blogger and internet marketer living in Mexico. I create and sell kick-ass downloadable Feldenkrais series such as my Easy Feldenkrais Series and Feldenkrais Classics series. You can find my other Feldenkrais products at Feldenkrais MP3. I occasionally organize online conferences related to brief therapy and Ericksonian hypnosis: Psychotherapy Conferences

14 Comments

  1. I have several voliumes, and there was a period in which I did many of them, like you, until I was “full to the brim”. A real treasure. Now I have the recordings in Hebrew, and it is much easier to do them just by listening. Haven’t touched the tip of the iceberg yet, as my body has serious limitations now, but there are enough lessons till the end of my life…

  2. Ryan,

    Yes, I have the entire collection of Alexander Yanai lessons. I was fortunate to experience them in my training and I continue to do and teach them regularly. Actually I have been working on the Lesson Locator project with Larry Goldfarb. The Lesson Locator is a digital card catalog of Moshe’s lessons. We decided to start with the Alexander Yanai lessons.

  3. Hi Ryan

    I am a beginning student of Feldenkrais and have come across the advice that one should leave an interval of 1-2 days between practising to allow the nervous system enough time to integrate the previous set of movement patterns. This somehow does not make sense to me and seems like a very simplistic understanding of the nervous system if only based on the fact that infants move and learn all the time, every day. The certainly do not have ‘resting’ days. So I was reassured to read your article detailing your daily practice of 2-3 sessions. Could you please comment further?

  4. Hi Joanna, I suppose it COULD be useful to take a day between sessions if someone feels the need. But it is certainly not a requirement nor need. In his trainings Moshe would teach 3 session per day (I believe) so that should give us a clue that it is Ok. The nervous system can certainly handle it!

    As an aside, I sometimes find it useful to day a lesson right before going to bed and give myself and body the whole night to process it. But again, not out of necessity, only because I want to.

    I hope that helps!

    Cheers! – Ryan

  5. Hi Naffie – Great to hear from you! I heard recently that Larry integrates a lot of AY into his trainings. I did know that. I hope your integrations continue to bear fruit for you.

    Ryan

  6. Hi Michal – That is fantastic that you have the sessions in Hebrew. They would not do me much good, I suppose, thought at one time I had a basic Hebrew vocabulary. I have recently felt some of the limitations of my aging body. Not in regard to AY but in regard to taking hiking trips. Something that I have not done recently and feel the need to start again. I will keep doing AY to keep myself “in action.”

    cheers! – Ryan

  7. Que bien Esther! No sabia que las lecciones habian sido traducidas al italiano. Muy “cool.” Que estes bien. Espero que nos vemos alla un dia.

    Un abrazo!

  8. Thanks for letting me know Pauline. I will do a blog post on the soon. In brief, they are transcriptions and translations of sessions that Moshe taught in Israel in his studio on Alexander Yanai street. More to come! – Ryan

  9. Hi Steven. Thanks for letting me know that you did not know about them. I will write a blog post on them soon. “Alexander Yanai” are transcriptions and translations of sessions that Moshe taught in Israel in his studio on Alexander Yanai street for several decades when he was developing his work. More information to come in a future blog post. – Ryan

  10. The Yanai lessons are only available to people who have done the training, no? As a mere client, my contact with the Yanai lessons has only been second/third-hand, from practitioners who used them for lessons. Moshe’s lessons can be quite demanding, so I think many of them were at least slightly adapted – but I revisit one or two quite often because they can have startling effects.

    I wish these lessons were available to the general public – while I don’t know if I would incorporate many into my daily practice, I think access to hundreds of lessons from Moshe himself would increase my intellectual appreciation and understanding of his practice. I don’t understand why access is restricted – whether it’s to protect people from something they might misuse without a proper training (which seems like nonsense), or because it helps convince people that investing in training is “worth it”, or what…

  11. Thanks for that. I am in the process of creating a new resource called “Easy Feldenkrais” and I think I am going to include a monthly Alexander Yanai session. They have made a huge impact on my life. And you are right, they need to be more available.

    Ryan

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