About Dr. Anat Baniel
Anat Baniel, founder of the Anat Baniel Method®, is the author of two highly acclaimed books, Move Into Life: NeuroMovement® for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist, dancer, and was a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade.
Anat Baniel was born in Israel to a scientist father, and a poet and garden architect mother. She went to graduate school at Tel Aviv University to become a clinical psychologist. At the same time she pursued her passion for dance. She worked as a psychologist for the Israeli Army for a number of years.
While in graduate school, she began studying with Dr. Feldenkrais. After graduating from his training program in 1977, she began working full time as a teacher in His Method.
While still living in Israel, Anat began teaching the work in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; taught for Dr. Feldenkrais in his Tel Aviv Institute and in his professional training; and developed her own practice.
In 1982 Anat Baniel moved to New York City where she quickly developed a practice working with babies and young children; with musicians; with athletes and with adults suffering back pain, injury, etc. She also began teaching seminars and professional training programs worldwide.
In 1986 she founded her own training organization and has been involved in training over 1000 practitioners during her career. Between 1985 to 1989, she worked with the Tanglewood Music Center. She taught a program for the San Francisco Symphony musicians beginning in 1994 for over six years.
5:24 Finding the right path
- Childhood daydreams
- Getting to college
- Mother and father's influence
20:08 The Feldenkrais method
- Movement and ballet
- Influences that led to a career path
24:55 The world of opportunities
- The brain's job
30:58 The importance of movement
- Giving options to the brain
- Devorah's case
36:58 Physical Oneness
- Process vs. outcome
- Training with feeling
45:44 Transformational growth and change
- Pay attention
- Reduce force
- Intent and slowness
57:11 How to introduce variability
1:08:33 Dr. Anat's resources