Garet Newell &
We are excited to present the work of Gaby Yaron, an extraordinary Feldenkrais Teacher. She was one of the first people trained by Moshe Feldenkrais and one of his closest students. Her work was exceptional and provides us with a model of Functional Integration lessons at the very highest level.
Long-time Feldenkrais Trainers Garet Newell and David Zemach-Bersin studied extensively with Gaby Yaron. They are honored to host this online workshop together. David and Garet will present a selection of newly enhanced videos of Gaby teaching Functional Integration and share some of the lessons they learned from her, which have stood the test of time. They look forward to having this opportunity to discuss and analyze what is unique about Gaby's strategies and approach.
"After Dr. Feldenkrais, Gaby Yaron was the teacher who had the greatest influence on me. Her work inspires me toward freedom and creativity in my Functional Integration." –David
"Gaby was a special mentor to me. She made contact with her students, always with warmth, respect, and humor, while at the same time, leading them towards making important self-discoveries." –Garet
With professionally enhanced video, sound, and added subtitles, you'll observe Gaby's dazzling skills of observation, creativity, and communication. And you'll learn from Gaby's detailed descriptions and explanations.
Watching Gaby Yaron in action will nurture your development as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. She worked with intelligence, creativity, and clarity of intention. A strong sense of optimism permeated her work and contributed to the potency of her lessons.
"Dr. Feldenkrais appreciated Gaby's work and received many Functional Integration lessons from her. I remember him saying, With Gaby, the work flows like water! " –David
"Gaby's style as a teacher was clear and encouraging. We look forward to watching her teaching, discussing her approach, and sharing stories and memories." –Garet
About the videos featured in this workshop:
In 1994, Gaby Yaron taught Functional Integration to students in the fourth year of the Lewes, England, Feldenkrais Training Program. Garet Newell was the program's director and decided to film Gaby's teaching. We have professionally enhanced the video and audio quality and added subtitles throughout to make the videos more satisfying for your study. Six to eight of the enhanced videos will be premiered in this workshop. All attendees (live online or via the recording) will be able to purchase the entire set of thirteen enhanced videos from the IFF after the workshop, for a special discounted price.
Gaby Yaron was born in Romania in 1923 and graduated from the Music Academy of Bucharest in piano studies. In 1941, she emigrated to Palestine and eventually settled in Tel Aviv. In the late 1950s, health problems led her to have some Functional Integration lessons from Moshe Feldenkrais, and she became a regular student at his Alexander Yanai classes. In 1967, Moshe organized his first training program for Feldenkrais Practitioners, and Gaby was one of the first to enroll. While studying with Moshe, Gaby also studied anatomy at Rothschild Hospital. After the training ended, Moshe asked Gaby to meet with him weekly to develop new ideas and exchange FI lessons. Dr. Feldenkrais invited Gaby to be his Assistant in the San Francisco training program, 1975-1977, and the Amherst training program (1980-1983). Gaby also taught many of the San Francisco evening classes for the public. She taught courses and workshops in Austria and Germany and was invited to lead the first European Feldenkrais training program in Munich in 1984. Her success working with children led to invitations to present the Feldenkrais Method to professionals in development and rehabilitation. Gaby taught in training programs in Australia, Canada, the USA, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and England. She directed training programs in Sweden, Austria, and the USA, and in 1993, she began teaching a series of Master Classes in Austria and Germany. After an illness, Gaby died on June 3, 1995, in Boston, MA.
Feldenkrais Trainer, Garet Newell, completed a BA degree in Fine Arts at Tufts University and an MA degree in Dance in Education at New York University. She graduated from the Amherst training and continued learning with Gaby Yaron as an Assistant Trainer in Gaby’s trainings in Malmõ, Sweden, and in Alpbach, Austria. She attended all of Gaby’s Master Classes. In 1988, she became an Assistant Trainer, and in 1994, she became one of the first Europe-based Trainers. She is a founding member of the International Feldenkrais Federation and the European Training Accreditation Board. She co-directed the first Feldenkrais professional training program in the UK and went on to establish the Feldenkrais International Training Centre in 1990. She has since directed twelve Feldenkrais trainings in Sussex and is currently Educational Director of the Sussex 11 & 12 trainings. She teaches worldwide and is the co-author of The Feldenkrais Method for Executive Coaches, Managers and Business Leaders—moving in all directions. Garet lives in Sussex, UK.
Feldenkrais Trainer, David Zemach-Bersin, met Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in 1973 and studied with him for ten years in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. David also studied with Feldenkrais Teacher Gaby Yaron for over 20 years. He has maintained a private Functional Integration practice since 1977 and is recognized for his dedication to strengthening Dr. Feldenkrais’ legacy. A graduate of UC Berkeley with post-graduate work in physiological psychology, David has created numerous Feldenkrais Method audio and video programs and is the co-author of Relaxercise (HarperCollins). He is a past President of FGNA and was co-founder of Feldenkrais Resources and co-director of the Feldenkrais Institute of New York. David has directed or co-directed sixteen Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs and taught advanced trainings worldwide. He has been developing programs and teaching online since April 2020, mentoring Practitioners and teaching classes and workshops for Feldenkrais Practitioners and the public. David is the founder and director of Feldenkrais Access and lives with his family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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