Ken Eyerman has more than 35 years experience as a Yoga teacher, Bodyworker and massage therapist. He is a trained practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method© and brings a wealth of learning to his unique blend of dynamic flowing Yoga with gentle inner sensing Feldenkrais movement awareness lessons.
The developmental movement technique, The Feldenkrais Method, has been Ken's lifelong study, especially in how it relates and is complementary to Yoga, through the awareness of movement and being attentive to detail. His intuitive and spontaneous, hands-on approach places an emphasis on using the breath, an awareness of your inner process and how to use your body efficiently.
The Ken Eyerman School of Bodywork & Movement is affiliated to The Institute of Contemporary Medicine.
“I trained in psychology, dance and movement therapy in the States. In the mid 1970’s, when I was teaching at the American Dance Festival in Connecticut, I met the London Contemporary Dance Company and their artistic director Robert Cohen. He invited me to work at their London based school as their resident massage practitioner.
I have based my private practice in London since 1980 working largely in the theatre and dance world - treating actors, dancers, singers and directors.
In 1987 my book ‘Massage’ was published and with this came a change of direction. Two great yoga teachers, Derek Ireland, an inspiring Ashtanga teacher, and Angela Farmer, an early student of Iyengar both came to me for help with yoga injuries. I in turn was inspired by them, in particular by Derek Ireland who taught me the Ashtanga sequence with its structured, disciplined and linear form.
Around this time I also enrolled on the first London Feldenkrais training. I had been studying The Feldenkrais Method© in America since the mid 1970’s with Frank Wildman and Thomas Hanna among others.
The Feldenkrais Method© named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is an educational system that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve posture and human functioning. Using these exercises, one can increase the ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and rediscover the natural capacity for efficient movement. For me, The Feldenkrais Method© forms the bridge between hands-on healing, touch and the spontaneity of life as a dance.
Over the years I have developed my own style of teaching, bridging the space between the dynamic power of Ashtanga Yoga and the gentle understated, spiralling Feldenkrais movements. Tension can get trapped in the joints, and whilst Yoga can alleviate tension and build strength and flexibility, the use of spirals and circular movements will ease you into postures and avoid injury. I believe it is useful to back up, to understate, to not force the body but rather to allow and educate – an interplay of effort and release.
From the late 1980s, as well as running my professional bodywork training courses in London, I began to teach my Yoga with Awareness Holidays internationally firstly on Skyros island in Greece and since, all over the world including as a guest practitioner at the Esalen Institute in California.
I can help people to think about their body, how it breathes and moves, how the structure connects, to develop a level of so they are not only powering away at stretching but also learning to feel and think their way to a stronger more supple body. A goal being to get into the imagination, to find a more subtle approach, to excite the feelings as well as to power the muscles.”