In The Walking Way, Carrie Lafferty (Physical Therapist, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and Master Healing Qi Gong Teacher) uses 26 years of experience to bring together the very old Chinese practice known as Qi Gong with the 20th-century Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
Each of the six sessions includes a 30-45 minute walking lesson and a separate, short 10-12 minute Qi Gong meditation at the end. The walking Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons lead you to investigate details of your walking patterns in a way that cultivates awareness and leads to greater freedom and ease in walking. You can learn to release unconscious and often uncomfortable habits by exploring a range of new walking options in movement. Gong means to study or to cultivate; Qi is the vital life force. Practicing Qi Gong fosters ease in your body, between your body and mind, in your connection to other, and to nature. Carrie’s meditations foster in you the inherent Qi of nature’s five basic elements: water, fire, wood, metal and earth. Overall, Carrie creates a lovely atmosphere with the clarity and poetry of her observations and directions.
In undertaking the Awareness Through Movement lesson and then the Qi Gong meditation, you may become aware of a developing connection between them. Awareness Through Movement lessons and Qi Gong meditations are merely vehicles by which you develop awareness for the entirety of your life. Every moment spirals into deeper discernment. Action harmonizes to intent, giving rise to wisdom, efficiency, and ease.
What People Are Saying
“Masterly combining the art of Feldenkrais somatic education and the wisdom of Qi Gong, Carrie’s lessons lead us step by step to better feel the connections between consciousness in movement and the unfolding of our inner life. A rich learning experience!” —Richard Corbeil, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner & Trainer