Feldy Notebook: Your Go-To Place for all things ATM®
And Now Better than Ever
Thursday, May 17, 2018
by: Ira Feinstein, MFA

Section: Professional Develpment




Feldy Notebook is a library of Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons that makes it easy to locate specific lessons, share insights, and link related lessons. Laura Yedwab and a team of volunteers just completed a major upgrade to Feldy Notebook that included migrating it to WordPress. Ira Feinstein, the editor of In Touch, recently spoke with Laura Yedwab, the creator of Feldy Notebook, to discuss the new Feldy Notebook.

Ira: Welcome, Laura. Many of our readers already use Feldy Notebook, but for those unfamiliar with it, can you give a brief description of what it is and why I might use it?
 
Laura: Feldy Notebook is a website that enables the Feldenkrais® community to pool our collective knowledge of ATM lessons. You can use Feldy Notebook to:
  • Search for the source of that ATM lesson you love;
  • Look for more variants of a common lesson like dead bird or pelvic clock;
  • Look for a recording of a specific lesson;
  • Discover insights into an ATM lesson that confuses you; or
  • Give back to our community by contributing your understanding, notes, recording, or video of an ATM lesson.

Currently, Feldy Notebook contains almost 400 lessons. Over seventy have an audio recording associated with them, and over fifty have a video embedded. There are nineteen themes (e.g., dead bird, pelvic clock, headstand, breathing, and rolling to sit) that dynamically groups together lessons from different sources that are similar.


IF: You've been a part of this project for so many years and yet you're still so excited about it! Where does that continued enthusiasm come from?
 
LY: I love how Feldy Notebook becomes more and more valuable over time. Every month, practitioners from around the world add information about lessons and how they interrelate. I believe we are finally beginning to see a snowball effect. Each new contribution adds value, which encourages more practitioners to use the site, which encourages more practitioners to contribute.
 
What is so wonderful about Feldy Notebook is that it is a source of knowledge created by our community for our community. All the information in Feldy Notebook was created by practitioners.
 
IF: What prompted the upgrade?
 
LY: Feldy Notebook was originally built on top of Wikispaces, but Wikispaces is going out of business. Although Wikispaces has an export facility, it was not compatible with any of the alternative platforms, e.g., Media Wiki, DokuWiki, or WordPress. It was like fitting a square peg into a round hole --  and the job ended up being too big for me.
 
Luckily, I found a great consultant. The consultant migrated 85%-90% of the information, although many pages had issues. So, I asked the community for help. I am quite thankful that a group of hard-working practitioners stepped up. A big shout out to Anne Ristorcelli, Anton Luger, Colleen Lang, Efrat Grossman, Mary Kelsey, Patricia Lewy, and Rob Black. Together we went through all 410 pages, checked each page for broken links, formatting errors, and inconsistencies. In addition, we tagged each lesson in each theme by hand.
 
IF: Did you have a lot of people registered on the Wikispaces version? How did you transfer their information over?

 
LY: We had over 900 registered users on Wikispaces, but Wikispaces did not export any of the user's information. So, I was not able to move the users over to the new site. Practitioners that are interested in Feldy Notebook (even if they were members of the old version) must register on the new site.
 
IF: If I want to contribute information about a lesson, what do I need to do? Do I need to be a tech genius?
 
LY: It's easy. You don't have to be a tech genius, just be comfortable with computers and word processors. Upgrading Feldy Notebook to WordPress made it easier to use and more robust. Also, WordPress is already known by many practitioners since it is used by over seventy-four million sites.
 
You can contribute by completing three simple steps: registering, logging in, and editing.
 
To start, register here. It might take a day to be approved. Once approved you will receive an email with your username and password. You can then log in and you will see an "edit" button on every page”

If you click on "edit," there is a visual (WYSIWYG) editor you can use to edit the page (see photo). The editor makes it is easy to add or delete text, make text bold, add a bulleted list, create links, and all the other basic word formatting tasks.


IF: That sounds easy enough.
 
IF: You have done an amazing amount of work so far. Is there a way the community can help?
 
LY: Yes, by contributing to Feldy Notebook. Just imagine what an amazing resource it would be if every practitioner reading this article added one ATM lesson.

IF: Thank you for all your effort!

LY: You’re welcome.


In 2012, Laura Yedwab graduated from Jeff Haller’s Victoria 2 training and founded her private practice, Kinetic Inquiry.  In 2014, she joined forces with Jeff Haller to create the IOPS Academy, an 18-month intensive graduate program for practitioners. Laura is the program manager for Jeff Haller’s new profession training, Feldenkrais Training Academy, starting this October.

Before delving into the world of the Feldenkrais Method, Laura spent twenty years in the computer industry - first as a programmer, then as a program manager, and finally managing Microsoft’s Natural Language Group. Laura has a master’s degree in computer science from M.I.T.

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Comments (3)
Maria Schranz
7/16/2018 12:55:37 PM
Thanks a lot for that great resource.


edwina listens
5/24/2018 6:11:55 PM
Congratulations


Leona Ricklin
5/19/2018 8:31:04 AM
I was a participant in Feldy Notebook, but lost contact when we had to replace our computer. So glad to find you again.


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