Program & Replays

Experiencing a Dynamic Feldenkrais Method® Lesson

Broadcast on June 05, 2023
With Lavinia Plonka

Over their decades of teaching the Feldenkrais Method®, Lavinia Plonka and Candy Conino have found that while lying on the floor doing relaxing lessons has many benefits, some people shy away from lessons that involve standing, bending or squatting, even though these are essential for optimal functioning. In this practice session, Lavinia teaches a lesson to Candy that offers many options for exploring movement while improving the ability to bend, but offers a dynamic challenge for how to sit on the floor. After the session, Candy and Lavinia engage in a professional discourse that includes reflective questions about the lesson, which is an essential part of  Kinēsa®, their somatic movement education process. 

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to improve your ability to get up and down from the floor and increase the flexibility of your spine
  • New approaches to somatic movement that develop your learning skills
  • A dynamic Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lesson
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Lavinia Plonka

Body Language Expert & Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®

Body language expert Lavinia Plonka has helped people improve their movement, behavior, health, and careers for over 35 years. Her unique expertise connects the dots between posture, movement, emotions, and the mind. Lavinia is the founder of Kinēsa®, an educational process that integrates movement, science, and ancient wisdom traditions. 

Lavinia’s training and professional career have included theater, dance, yoga, and martial arts. A former vice president of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, she has taught the Feldenkrais Method® for over 30 years, is a lead instructor of the Emotional Body® and an ISMETA Master Somatic Movement Educator. Her theater credits include the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program, international tours, commercials for Nickelodeon, and more. 

Lavinia has written several books exploring the intersection of movement, awareness, and wellbeing, including What Are You Afraid Of? which has been translated into seven languages. She is director of the Asheville Movement Center in North Carolina, where she maintains a busy private practice.

Lavinia Plonka