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An Introduction to the Primitives

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[L., primitivus, first or earliest of its kind]


Applied to a line or figure from which some construction or reckoning begins, or to an operation not derived from another

Biology, Anatomy

Applied to a part or structure in the first or very early stage of formation

In this advanced training, Dennis Leri introduces and makes applicable the notion of a primitive and shows how it can be applied to our work.

You will learn how movement primitives are found at all levels of action and are the basis for human movement. Primitives can be used to guide us in knowing how to organize our actions, our thinking, and our intentions. Their proper use can make FI® lessons more meaningful and effective.

Dennis reveals how ‘the primitives’ can guide us in organizing our actions, thinking, and intentions, and make our Functional Integration® more effective. As Dennis explores how meaning emerges out of what we do and how we do it, he focuses on three categories:

1. The movement primitives, which are the basis for all human movement. You will learn how movement primitives are found at all levels of action. Dr. Feldenkrais said that his lessons were no better than common exercise if they did not clarify what he called ‘the primary image’. Dennis explains how to use movement primitives to see, sense and know the primary image. Both the primitives and the primary image will help you to “see” and experience Function, Differentiation and Integration.

2. The conceptual primitives, which guide all effective thinking. You will learn how to use modes of “fluid thinking” to know how to proceed in Functional Integration, and to know when an Functional Integration lesson is finished.

3. The categorical primitives, which orient our intention toward the aesthetic, pragmatic and theoretical aspects of a Functional Integration lesson. For example:

  • In an aesthetic lesson, how do we aim for elegance or beauty?

  • In a theoretical lesson, when our intention is organized around testing a hypothesis, what general principles can, or do our Functional Integration lessons demonstrate?

  • In a pragmatic lesson, how do we invent new means to act, bridge gaps, and see what others don’t?

Over eight hours of education including:

  • Seven lectures
  • Three ATM® lessons
  • Five FI® demonstrations

Note: This product is available to stream online and/or download. It is not a physical product. 

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About Dennis

Dennis Leri (1945-2016) was a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Trainer with worldwide experience presenting the Feldenkrais Method® in training programs, seminars, and workshops. He graduated from the first professional American training (1975-1977) and apprenticed with Dr. Feldenkrais at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He taught the Method for over forty years.

His accessible and challenging teaching style reflected his training in Western and Eastern philosophy, psychology, martial arts, and poetics. Dennis studied personally with Milton Erickson and studied Buddhism with Jiyu Kennett Roshi and Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. Dennis also studied closely with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for over ten years. He had 35 years of experience in Japanese and Chinese martial arts, including Chi Kung. Aikido and Tai Chi. Dennis’s teaching was also informed by the work of his close teachers, Francisco Varela, Humberto Maturana, and Heinz von Forester. He published numerous articles on the Feldenkrais Method.

What People Are Saying:

Dennis Leri had a direct and lived connection to Moshe Feldenkrais. He was a master level Feldenkrais Teacher who made a great contribution to our work. Every Feldenkrais Practitioner will deeply benefit from this workshop.

David Zemach-Bersin, Feldenkrais Trainer

I find that the incredible clarity, calmness, and thoughtfulness of Dennis' approach enables me to better listen to my own senses. His style of inquiry has helped me to develop my own internal orientation, resulting in a clearer precision and a path for developing my skills as a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Peggi Honig, Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer