Vivian Best, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Vivian Best, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

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Tonight, June 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Soma Vida!! OpenIDEO Austin Chapter design workshop "Healthy Bones for Life!" https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-bones-for-life-co-hosted-by-openideo-austin-chapter-soma-vida-tickets-62507187681 In addition to our 2 speakers highlighted in the event listing, Vivian Best, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Roger Temme of AGE Austin, I'm happy to say we'll also have Jessica Martone joining us with info on the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area fall prevention program.
Hi Friends!

Tomorrow join us at 1pm at the YMCA. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2Y235mj

The topic is movement with chronic fatigue and pain. I’ll have tips on how to incorporate movement into your day as well as yoga stretches. Tips on monitoring heart rate and breathing.

Vivian Best, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner will be giving and interactive talk about the Feldenkrais Method.
Vivian is the BEST❤️🤸🏾‍♀️👣
It took me a few months to realize the incredible value of Feldenkrais, Vivian has helped me move without pain. I have fractured vertebrae and a fractured hip, years of guarding the pain. She is showing me how to stand, move and walk to break the guarding and begin to relearn how to realign myself so I can walk without pain.

In all the years of physical therapy I did not get the guidance I am getting in her class. A warm caring and very knowledgeable practitioner ❤️ Come explore movement 👣🤸🏾‍♀️

Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® Lessons (Feldenkrais Method®) taught by Vivian Best in
Austin, Texas

Vivian Best is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®. In 2009, while attending the first segment of her training in Chicago, she was inspired to start a project called "Give It Fresh Today," which collects donations of fresh local produce at the farmer's markets for use in meals that feed the hungry. The project collects over 1500 pounds of food a month from Blaisdell, KCC, Kailua and Windwa

Operating as usual

08/26/2022

Awareness Through Movement classes are great opportunities to let your mind and your body catch up to each other!

Join us on Fridays at 4pm CT over zoom!

maybe we’re not lost. maybe we’re just moving too fast.
(page 135 from ‘home body’)

Feldenkrais®: Free Weekend Workshop - Castle Hill Fitness 08/09/2022

Feldenkrais®: Free Weekend Workshop - Castle Hill Fitness

https://www.castlehillfitness.com/workshops/1490/free-feldenkrais-weekend-workshop-larry-goldfarb

Feldenkrais®: Free Weekend Workshop - Castle Hill Fitness A WEEKEND OF FELDENKRAIS® WITH LARRY GOLDFARB Castle Hill Fitness is honored to present a weekend of free workshops with one of the preeminent international presenters and trainers in the Feldenkrais® Method, Larry Goldfarb. Feldenkrais® uses gentle movement sequences to engage the brain...

07/09/2022

The blank canvas of my morning!

Feeling deeply grateful for opportunities to touch others to enhance their lives. 🙂

I’m offering in-person Feldenkrais sessions again in South Austin! Let me know if you’d like to schedule a Functional Integration session!

Peter Brook, influential theatre visionary, dies aged 97 07/08/2022

Peter Brook, influential theatre visionary, dies aged 97

In celebration of Peter Brooks' life, I'm teaching some of the lessons that he requested be taught to the actors of the Bouffes du Nord theater in 1973 by Moshe Feldenkrais over the next month.

I love that Brooks encouraged actors to reject cliché imitations of reality and to search for something more real in themselves.

Feldenkrais Method has always provided me with a place where I can feel into my own experience more deeply. I have always found Awareness Through Movement lessons such powerful ways to tap into my own intuition and hope you'll join me on Fridays! (11am HST / 2pm PT / 4pm CT / 5pm ET)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMof-GurjMsGdLWd5d1cJeDm5aHnq7ywTjO

Peter Brook, influential theatre visionary, dies aged 97 The director’s landmark achievements include a nine-hour Mahabharata, putting Shakespeare on trapezes and directing Olivier, Gielgud and Scofield at the RSC

Women's Wellness Circle (6 Week Online Women's Circle) 01/21/2022

Women's Wellness Circle (6 Week Online Women's Circle)

Do you crave a community that will support you in your desire for growth and change in 2022? Do you desire a safe place to discuss and focus on your wellness in the midst of changing and often-challenging circumstances? Do you desire a greater sense of meaningful, connected community to get you through this season?

Come join a dynamic and fun small group of women to discuss your desires and what informs your sense of aliveness and allows you to thrive. What are the daily decisions that you are making in your life to create balance, possibility and wellness? Learn important lessons about change and the power of supportive community as you set weekly goals for changes you feel called to make. Come build friendships and support for your well-being for 2022 in this space of honest self-reflection and meaningful conversation!

Women's Wellness Circle (6 Week Online Women's Circle) Map Your Journey of Growth and Change for 2022!

Happy Baby Variations 10/03/2021

Happy Baby Variations

It was so lovely to be teaching Awareness Through Movement over Zoom again! Loved seeing all the familiar faces and love the sweet and silly conversations (not recorded) we have afterwards! Here's a fun lesson that I hope you'll enjoy that I taught this past week!!

If you've been doing a lot of sitting, this might provide some fun respite! =)

https://soundcloud.com/vivian-best-496518592/happy-baby-variations?si=e03489f396314c26a2e80d5a66dc8bcd

Happy Baby Variations This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of pelvis and ribs, some of which involve holding the feet. You can make a donation for this track at: Venmo

Photos from Vivian Best, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner's post 09/29/2021

Gosh I miss seeing so many people on the floor together in the same room, but hope you'll join me for my ZOOM classes on Fridays!

Come join me for Awareness Through Movement classes over Zoom starting again THIS FRIDAY!

Come join me on Fridays at 4pm CDT!
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMof-GurjMsGdLWd5d1cJeDm5aHnq7ywTjO
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It's a wonderful way to check-in with your body in a gentle way and to practice presence and grace.

No experience needed. Just come with a sense of curiosity!

Classes are $15 (8/$100). If finances are challenging, donations are welcome: Venmo or PayPal to [email protected]

09/20/2021

So excited to be offering Awareness Through Movement classes over Zoom again starting in October! Come join me on Fridays from 4-5pm CDT!

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMof-GurjMsGdLWd5d1cJeDm5aHnq7ywTjO
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It's a wonderful way to check-in with your body in a gentle way and to practice presence and grace.

No experience needed. Just come with a sense of curiosity!

Classes are $15 (8/$100). If finances are challenging, donations are welcome: Venmo or PayPal to [email protected]

Awareness Through Movement® lessons are exploratory movement experiences that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Expand your movement possibilities as you develop greater sensitivity and efficiency in your movements. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. The goal is not to stretch or strain, but to move more and more towards finding appropriate effort and redefining what is easy.

You'll want to have a mat and/or large towel/blanket.

A Simple Practice Scheduling Hack That Couldn't Possibly Be as Effective as It Seems 07/26/2021

A Simple Practice Scheduling Hack That Couldn't Possibly Be as Effective as It Seems

Fascinating article on learning and practice!

A Simple Practice Scheduling Hack That Couldn't Possibly Be as Effective as It Seems In my experience, practice room culture in music schools is a bit like the gym. There are people around at all hours of the day, but you’ll see a consistent group of folks who train in the morning, a different group of folks who always work out in the evening, and a few dedicated gym rats who are ...

“Are you sleeping enough?” 06/09/2021

“Are you sleeping enough?”

It's been a while since I wrote this, and it still feels so true! Enjoy!

“Are you sleeping enough?” When I first started taking Awareness Through Movement classes, I fell asleep before the end of every lesson. It was embarrassing, since in many of my first classes I was one of only a few people …

04/26/2021

Come join me for ongoing Awareness Through Movement classes on Mondays! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scOGurDouGtDd5Cm9zfSDC9SuIWk09koe

4pm-5pm CST on Mondays over Zoom!

It's a wonderful way to check-in with your body in a gentle way and to practice presence and grace.

No experience needed. Just come with a sense of curiosity!

Classes are $15 (8/$100). If finances are challenging, donations are welcome: Venmo or PayPal to [email protected]

Awareness Through Movement® lessons are exploratory movement experiences that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Expand your movement possibilities as you develop greater sensitivity and efficiency in your movements.

The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. The goal is not to stretch or strain, but to move more and more towards finding appropriate effort and redefining what is easy.

You'll want to have a mat and/or large towel/blanket.

01/04/2021

Come join me for ongoing Self-Aware, Self-Care: Awareness Through Movement® classes from 4pm-5pm CST on Mondays on Zoom!

It's a wonderful way to check-in with your body in a gentle way and to practice presence and grace.

No experience needed. Just come with a sense of curiosity!

Classes are $15 (8/$100). If finances are challenging, donations are welcome: Venmo or PayPal to [email protected]

Awareness Through Movement® lessons are exploratory movement experiences that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Expand your movement possibilities as you develop greater sensitivity and efficiency in your movements. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. The goal is not to stretch or strain, but to move more and more towards finding appropriate effort and redefining what is easy.

You'll want to have a mat and/or large towel/blanket.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scOGurDouGtDd5Cm9zfSDC9SuIWk09koe

soundcloud.com 11/24/2020

Sternum Connections

If you have some time for self-care, this is a wonderful lesson that may support you in better posture, less eye strain, more ease in your neck, and a happier Thanksgiving holiday experience!

https://soundcloud.com/vivian-best-496518592/sternum-connections

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of movement to support overall posture, easier carriage of the head, and more balanced self-use through the t

11/13/2020

Self-Compassion Connections

Come join us on Sunday!

" Curiousity and Non-judgement; Compassionate Body Awareness Workshop"; Join us this Sunday.

1p PST for a 75 minute, donation based workshop on how to cultivate curiosity and non-judgement using self-compassion and body awareness.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/127472950025

11/06/2020

Self-Compassion Connections

Loved chatting with Lisa Dunlap of Self-Compassion Connections!

"Asking for Help and Cultivating Community", Self-Compassion Insights with Vivian Best.

Join Us for a 20 min interview with Vivian as she walks us through a recent struggle she has overcome and what resiliency tools she used.

soundcloud.com 11/03/2020

Soothing Touch

Wishing you gentleness with yourself today! Here's a lesson for guided self-soothing that I taught yesterday! Enjoy!

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of touch to soothe and connect. You can make a donation for this track at: Venmo paypal.me/Vivia

10/17/2020

DCCA Lunch and Learn Awareness Through Movement October 16

I taught a workplace wellness class today to a group from the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and one of the comments in the chat was “I feel like I just received an hourlong massage.”

I love how well Awareness Through Movement works, even virtually! 🙂

If you'd like to experience the class:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVAAEO4SX_8&feature=youtu.be

soundcloud.com 10/08/2020

Shoulder Integration

If it feels like you're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, take some time to do this lesson! Go gently! =) https://soundcloud.com/vivian-best-496518592/shoulder-integration

To make a donation for the class: Venmo or Paypal.me/VivianBest

Regular classes are on Mondays at 11am HST/ 2pm PDT/ 4pm CDT/ 5pm EDT!

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcOCtpzouGNBUdHMBvAB3wgFxFMep-Qzy

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of the shoulders and integration of the spine. You can make a donation for this track at: Venmo

09/28/2020

Swift Fit Events

SELF-AWARE SELF-CARE with Vivian Best. This Monday’s Open Session will focus on Awareness Through Movement®, a calming check-in for the mind and body. Vivian’s lessons in exploratory movement involve thinking, sensing, moving and imagining. The sessions consist of comfortable, easy motions that work into a greater range and complexity. Join us and develop a greater sensitivity and efficiency to your everyday physical activity.

09/25/2020

If you'd like the video recording of the workshop that I taught with Lisa Dunlap last weekend on Compassionate Body Awareness: Responding vs Reacting, please let me know! [email protected] or PayPal.me/VivianBest (Suggested donation is $15.)

soundcloud.com 09/24/2020

Letting Go Of Hands

If you're finding yourself needing a gentle way to connect with your body and relax, give this lesson a try! https://soundcloud.com/vivian-best-496518592/letting-go-of-hands

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of the hands and integrating gentle movement through the whole body. You can make a donation for this track

elemental.medium.com 09/22/2020

Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

It's more important than ever to learn to tune into our bodies and find a deep sense of peaceful presence in the moment!

elemental.medium.com Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life

soundcloud.com 08/25/2020

Relaxing The Neck

Wanted to share my newest lesson with y'all!

If you find yourself with a stiff neck, clenched jaw, and difficulty breathing lately.... you may enjoy this lesson.

Donations for these recordings are most welcome! on Venmo or PayPal.me/vivianbest https://soundcloud.com/vivian-best-496518592/relaxing-the-nec

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of the neck and hips. You can make a donation for this track at: Venmo paypal.me/VivianBest

soundcloud.com 08/18/2020

Legs And Rolling

Inspired by this weekend's Compassionate Body Awareness Workshop and the themes that folks have been bringing up lately, today's lesson engages curiosity and awareness of the legs, pelvis, and lower back, as well as how we can deepen into a sense of relaxation through movements that stimulate engagement of the vagus nerve! It's a fun one!

If you'd like to make a donation for the lesson, please use Venmo or PayPal.me/VivianBest

https://soundcloud.com/vivian-best-496518592/legs-and-rolling

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of the legs and rolling. You can make a donation for this track at: Venmo paypal.me/VivianBest

08/17/2020

If you missed the Compassionate Body Awareness Workshop that I taught with Lisa Dunlap yesterday and would like a copy of the recording, please let me know! (Suggested donation of $15 on Venmo or PayPal.me/VivianBest). We will also be offering it again in the future! =)
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Here's the description of the class:
Ever wonder what body-awareness means, or about the connection between your physical symptoms and your thoughts? Are you able to listen to your body when it sends you signals? Do you wonder how enhancing your body awareness is related to self-compassion at all?
In this workshop, we will discuss and explore the relationship between body awareness & how mindful curiosity is part of self-compassion work. It will also include a guided, sensory meditation and guided gentle movement practices that can be incorporated into everyday routines. There will also be an opportunity for group sharing & discussion.

soundcloud.com 07/22/2020

Jaw And Face Awareness Through Movement With Vivian Best

In a time when we're being told not to touch our faces, I decided it was important to teach an exploratory lesson on the jaw and face!

Self-soothing is so important for relaxation during these stressful times and we all need more tools to gently check in with ourselves and feel present!

Hope you enjoy this recording of Monday’s class!

soundcloud.com This is a recording of an Awareness Through Movement class focused on a gentle exploration of jaw and face. You can make a donation for this track at: Venmo paypal.me/VivianBest To join

04/06/2020

Today's the first day I'll be offering Awareness Through Movement classes over Zoom! Come join me starting on Monday April 6 at 4pm CDT. (11am HT/ 2pm PDT/ 5pm EDT)

It's a wonderful way to check-in with your body in a gentle way and to practice presence and grace.

No experience needed. Just come with a sense of curiosity!

To join us, please register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtceCqqzIryQV0zFm6s19mcAMKmTB64A

04/01/2020

I'll be offering Awareness Through Movement classes over Zoom starting on Monday April 6 at 4pm CDT. (For those of you in Honolulu, that's 11am HT).

It's a wonderful way to check-in with your body in a gentle way and to practice presence and grace.

No experience needed. Just come with a sense of curiosity!

To join us, please register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtceCqqzIryQV0zFm6s19mcAMKmTB64A

03/28/2020

Something fun to experiment with while you’re stuck at home. May it bring you some giggles too! :)

zoom.us 03/26/2020

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Awareness Through Movement® lesson. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Becky Behling is teaching Awareness Through Movement over ZOOM today!

When: Mar 26, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upAlcu-ppzkqaN04S3riLIPx9Rm3_6iepA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

zoom.us Explore selected ATMs® from The Feldenkrais Method ® developed to improve movement

03/20/2020

11am CST - Rebalancing Attention and Movement with Russ Hall

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03/20/2020

I've been sending these "Best Feldenkrais Moves for Back Pain Relief" out to folks for years.....

In case you're experiencing back pain, whether it's from stress or sitting on the floor with your kids more often than usual, try these out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6NnVWeJ-nY

movement-and-creativity.ck.page 03/18/2020

Well-Being Through Pelvic Floor Awareness

Free Feldenkrais Classes over Zoom!

movement-and-creativity.ck.page Free Feldenkrais class w/ Deborah Bowes, Feldenkrais Trainer Sunday, March 22, 1-2pm EST

zoom.us 03/17/2020

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Are you craving movement? Join us for free Feldenkrais® class!

The theme will be connecting with your innate strength, the physical & mental resources you have just below the surface you've forgotten about.

All you'll need for class:
Access to the internet
A computer, tablet, or smart phone
A blanket to lie on
Curiosity

Just click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/468105449.

Taught by Angela Alston, GCFP, MFA.

Feldenkrais offers a unique, profound way to examine and change your habitual & often limiting ways of moving. By attending to how you move, you’ll discover how to improve the quality of your movement.

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03/16/2020

Feldenkrais NYC FB page will have 2 free Awareness Through Movement classes on Monday, March 16th, streamed through their page. 11:30 pm CST, and our senior practitioner Mark Hirschfield will lead his 5:30 pm CST class. Click "Like" and "Follow" buttons under their banner to receive updates and class invitations!

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