Olena's Bio (in her own words)
I graduated in 1987 from the Toronto training where the first two years were Moshe recorded in Amherst. Gaby Yaron was with our training the whole fourth year, allowing me to experience her teaching first hand. I became familiar with Mia’s teaching through advanced trainings. My pre training background includes an M.Ed. in dance, performance in a company, and teaching anatomy and kinesiology. In 1988 I started teaching functional anatomy in trainings, and since 1995 have assisted through five full trainings (U.S., Canada and Europe.) Since 1997 I have led over 1,500 hours of advanced trainings, mostly in Europe. Starting in 2006, I have also been leading five day advanced trainings devoted completely to ATM. ATM continues to sustain and astound me. My home and practice are in Toronto, Canada.
Olena Nitefor's Interpretation of Selected AY LessonsI teach five day advanced trainings which are dedicated fully to ATM. While each workshop has its own particular theme, I have an ongoing dedication to Moshe's insistence that, "It will organize itself." He does not suggest that we are learning to organize "it." Quite a distinction to consider! From this comes my interest in how to guide the "I" so that the intelligence of "it" has time and space to emerge. Moshe in AY #478:
"Do it more easily at the points where it is difficult.Do not try to push more, but at the points where it is difficult, do it more easily, a gentler movement, more slowly. Then, slowly it will organize itself."Each of the ATMs below comes from the context of a different five day workshop. The way I teach, and the length, depends on the group on the floor, as well as the sequence of the particular ATM within the workshop. Some therefore, will not have a formal scan, some will have a long one. As a teacher, I am working on not starting every sentence with "so," not to repeat "a little bit" quite so much. and how to not huff and puff into the mic. While I code the lessons as AY#, they are versions thereof.
|Legs Pushing the Pelvis and Rocking the Back||AY#224||70:23||Download||Discuss|
|On the Stomach||AY#60||59:60||Download||Discuss|
|Simpler, On the Stomach and the Back||AY#341||59:60||Download||Discuss|
Olena Nitefor's Interpretation of the Mia/Gabby San Fransisco Evening Lessons
These ATM lessons are my interpretations of the 1977 Mia Segal and Gaby Yaron San Francisco evening classes lessons taught during the San Fransisco training. The notes for these lessons are available from Feldenkrais Resources These versions of the lessons were recorded at the request of a practitioner and were recorded with her as the only student on the floor, which is why they may seem idiosyncratic. Most are under an hour long, but a few extended longer, and even much longer. After each ATM, before checking the recording device to see how much objective time had passed, she and I discussed our subjective time perception. The first question was: did it feel too short, too long or just fine to each of us. The second step was guessing how much time had passed, so we could laugh about the constant discrepancies between the sense of time, the thinking about time, and objective time.
When I started out as an ATM teacher 25 years ago, these evening classes were my treasured source. I have always appreciated the conciseness with which Gaby and Mia address basic functional relationships. It has been illuminating to revisit these lessons, and to understand them through the experience of the intervening years. Conscious that I was recording with an aim to share, I found myself self-conscious at the beginning of some of the ATMs. You’ll hear it. I will add classes as we continue to record them. Page numbers refer to the new, formatted edition of these lessons. I highly recommend purchasing the book of lessons for deeper study.
|Tilting legs in and out on back||p.77||59:60||Download||Discuss|
|On back lift hip to lengthen opposite arm||p.54||55:52||Download||Discuss|
|Tilting knee on back connecting to arms above||p.58||42:15||Download||Discuss|
|Side bending on the back and front||p.62||47:25||Download||Discuss|
|Shoulder/Hip Circles on Sides||p.50||60:15||Download||Discuss|
|On side, sliding arms and legs to improve ability to lift head||p.35||58:50||Download||Discuss|
|Simple Pelvic Clock||p.40||59:40||Download||Discuss|
|Prone, Lifting head and arm in various combinations with one knee up||p.26||79:70||Download||Discuss|
|On side turning w_straight arm in arc||p.16||83:38||Download||Discuss|
|Differentiating movement of leg to roll forward and back||p.45||62:55||Download||Discuss|
|Coordinating flexors and extensors||p.71||50:42||Download||Discuss|
|Tilting legs on front side to come to sit||p.31||65:36||Download||Discuss|
ATMs from Olena Nitefor's Advanced Training in LA Oct 15-16 2011.
These are the recorded ATMs of Olena Nitefor's Advanced Training in LA Oct 15-16 2011.
|10/15/2011||Tanden with Bending the Knees||AY#359||57:30||Download||Discuss|
|10/15/2011||On the Elbows with a Hop||AY#357||50:02||Download||Discuss|
|10/15/2011|| Edges of the Feet |
Note: see Liz Sisco's 10/23/2010 version as well