Driving and Dynamic Sitting, an ATM miniseries

A pair of related Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons, though each can be studied alone. If you’re not comfortable working on the floor, you can begin with lesson 2, which is done entirely sitting in a chair.

Click on a lesson title below to go to its audio player and lesson notes. Descriptions of each lesson give you a sense of its aim, though everyone’s learning process is unique and you may find other benefits.

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“Over my years as a Feldenkrais teacher I’ve noticed that most people who come to me with concerns about discomfort in sitting have the idea — consciously or unconsciously — that if they could just find the “right” chair and the “right” way to sit in that chair they would be able to engage in sedentary activities for hours without moving much. I used to believe this too.” Read Nick’s blog post about these lessons to learn more.

Read Nick’s blog post about these lessons for some learning context about sitting, and about the planes of movement discussed in these recordings.

Before you begin click here to read Studying ATM at Home, which explains your responsibilities as an ATM student and provides practical tips to help you learn and improve.

Safety first: As stated clearly in the recordings, if you’re working on how you sit and move in your car seat, please practice only when the car is parked.

1. Driving and Dynamic Sitting 1 (floor-seated and back-lying) »

With explorations and benefits for all sitting situations, this mostly back-lying lesson uses imagery of being in the driver's seat to promote lively, dynamic sitting and turning while negotiating the challenge of a typical car's "bucket" seat. Postural expressions of rounding and arching are clarified, then used to improve the range, comfort, and awareness of whole body turning movements.

2. Driving and Dynamic Sitting 2 (chair-seated) »

This chair-seated lesson focuses on clarifying the skeletal support provided by our sitbones and discovering their lively role in all seated movements, with some emphasis on side-bending. All three planes of movement are discussed, explored, and differentiated, first in "pure" forms, and then blended together into natural movements.

After you’ve completed these lessons, check out the blog post about them for follow up study ideas.

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