About Yochanan Rywerant 1922 - 2010

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This page is a sharing of his legacy,  

a legacy which contributed and added to the development of the Feldenkrais Method. He was one of the first teachers when the Method developed as a profession in the early 70ies in Tel Aviv, Israel and he accompanied Moshe Feldenkrais as a close assistant when the Method was introduced in USA. As a teacher & trainer his meticulous attitude and commitment to the scientific principles makes it important to create this collection on the third memorial after his death.

May his memory be blessed.
Eva Laser

Teaching by handling

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The Feldenkrais Method Teaching by Handling was published 1983 at Harper & Row

200The authorized edition of the training manual of basic theories and techniques. Indipensable för teachers and their pupils.
This front cover is from the third edition printed in 2003.
The foreword is written by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

if you want an electronic copy you can fint it at itunes Link[+] and ReadHowYouWant Link[+]

 

Yochanan used to give handouts. The following is from an advanced training in Tel Aviv December 2007 PDF[+]

 

Acquiring the Feldenkrais Profession

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This book has a threefold function:

150It is written for the trainers in professional training programs that teach the Feldenkrais Method and might use it as a compendium for much of the material which is to be presented in such programs...

Practioners of the FM might use the book as a reminder and refresher...

The general reader interested in FM will find here not only a general overview of the Method, but also plenty of items, which,on the one hand constitute an extensive definition of the Method and, on the other, show, by their mere structure and didactic processing, how a complex system like this Method could be taught efficiently.

Corollary Discharge

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The forgotten link;
Remarks on the body - mind problem

150 nr2

In 2008 YR published his thoughts after 5 decades of practice & research around the Feldenkrais Method and its relevance to science.

The monograph, Corollary Discharge, The Forgotten Link - Remarks on the Body-Mind Problem, is a condensed reading how a mechanism in the mind/brain can be utilized for continuous learning and relearning namely corollary discharge.

 

Envisaging the Future of the Feldenkrais Method

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(How close are we to Moshe’s vision of Our Profession?)

by Yochanan Rywerant.

     The future of the Feldenkrais Method lies not only in aiming at a steadily increasing number of practitioners, but also in increasing actively the quality of those practitioners. Moshe Feldenkrais himself has been very keen in asserting that his Method is not to be considered another kind of physiotherapy or movement training. He was ridiculing the opinion of some people that considered his system as a kind of "body - work." He strongly believed that people can learn to have better control over their actions, and hence be healthier. It had to start with clarifying certain ways the brain perceives and acts and seeing the movements of the body as expressing processes within the central nervous system (CNS)....

Read the article published in The Feldenkrais Journal in PDF[+]  or transcribed PDF[+]

Humility of learning from a feldenkrais perspective

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An exploration of the Hebrew culture;
its tradition of teaching & learning and its influence on the Feldenkrais Method.

by Eva Laser

In "The Feldenkrais Method, teaching by handling". Dr Feldenkrais does not write a lengthy foreword which apparently was opposed to his deeper understanding of humility, learning and knowledge; he plainly writes exactly how he explained it in a lecture for director Peter Brook and Teatro Campesino in the early summer of 1973.

"Yochanan was a teacher of physics in one of the best schools of Israel. He was at that twenty-eight years running. Later he joined the Feldenkrais School. He worked thirteen and a half years within close quarters in the same room in which I worked. He has his own "handwriting" like all the others. Everyone learns the method without imitating his teacher. Yochanan is not imitating anybody. The book in front of you should be reread several times. That way you are likely to get most of the goodness of the book. Good Luck."

This is part of an article I wrote in 2007. Here it appears in an edited form. PDF[+]

Extract from the lecture where Dr Feldenkrais speak about humility and his ancestor Pinchas from Koretz

Eulogy

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Yochanan Rywerant no longer summons students around his bench or the floor to explain the elements of the Feldenkrais system. A long undertaking to make the principles of the method visible and explainable in a sensory context has reached a new phase. His refined touch is to be felt no more...

This eulogy by Eva Laser was published in Somatics Magazine Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences Volume XVI Number 3.

Yochanan's way

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In December 2010 a group of teachers met in Tel Aviv.

They are engaged in training teachers and gathered in order to exchange pedagogic ideas around the approach of teaching that became the hallmark of YR. Moti Nativ participated and here is his notes in form of a power point.

PDF[+]

He was born in Czernowitz

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From time to time I search the web and I came across a tribute in his name

by Eva Laser

"Dear all, 

Below is a link to a tribute to Yochanan Rywerant, born in Czernowitz 
in the 1920's, deported to Transnistria with his mother Shulamit 
Wurmbrand in 1941, survived in Mogilev working at Jagendorf's Foundry, 
studied, worked and taught with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for many decades 
in Israel, taught the Feldenkrais method throughout the world, and 
wrote a number of books about it. 

Link[+]

Yochanan was a first cousin of my father's. May he rest in peace.
Marianne ”

Last student, last touch, last joke

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With Honor to Yochanan Rywerant

by Moti Nativ

"Yochanan Ryverant began learning from Dr. Feldenkrais about the Method in 1952; I was then two years old. Many people learned from and followed Yochanan for decades. I was lucky to have the opportunity to become Yochanan’s student and friend, during the last two years of his life.

From my first contact with the Feldenkrais Method in 1986, I had known about Yochanan Rywerant. Since 1994, while becoming an Israeli Feldenkrais practioner, I heard interesting stories about him from my colleagues, but rarely encountered him..."

 Link [+]

Overcoming Community Prejudice to Discover Yochanan

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Introducing this page at Feldyforum, a discussion forum for Feldenkrais Teachers, Rob Cohen contacted me and wrote;

Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to create a homage site to Yochanan on the internet. Yochanan offered a unique contribution to the method, seeking a clarity of theory, application, and pedagogy of high standards and unswerving purpose. After the Guild was formed and he chose not to work under the direction of those junior to him, his influence within the international structures of the work became marginalized. I hope that the site grows and that his idiomatic way of looking at the work is not lost to posterity.

So I replied. Please write something more - and he did.

Språkets begränsningar

The world is not just black and white, but rather it has all possible shades of grey.

It is easier to understand one another when we are friends, and have established a common meaning of words, than to speak precisely enough to be understood by those who do not wish to be led up the garden path.

Moshe Feldenkrais The Elusive Obvious, Basic Feldenkrais