Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality

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Remember a time when you were bursting with energy, curiosity, and creativity? When your body felt strong and flexible, free of any aches and pains?

With the Anat Baniel Method, you can feel that way again and experience renewed, intensified vitality–greater health, flexibility, strength, sensuality, clarity of mind, and enthusiasm–now and throughout your life, no matter what your age or physical condition.

Your level of vitality is directly ...

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Overview

Remember a time when you were bursting with energy, curiosity, and creativity? When your body felt strong and flexible, free of any aches and pains?

With the Anat Baniel Method, you can feel that way again and experience renewed, intensified vitality–greater health, flexibility, strength, sensuality, clarity of mind, and enthusiasm–now and throughout your life, no matter what your age or physical condition.

Your level of vitality is directly connected to your brain. When your brain thrives, growing and making new connections, you are invigorated, infused with a new sense of aliveness and possibility, capable of infinitely new ways of moving, thinking, and feeling. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience, the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, and her own method based on more than thirty years of experience working with thousands of people around the world, Anat Baniel has defined the Nine Essentials your brain needs to flourish. In this breakthrough book, she offers specific, practical advice for incorporating those Essentials into everything you do to achieve immediate and powerful benefits.

In Move Into Life, you’ll:
•Learn the Nine Essentials your brain requires to thrive, including movement with attention, subtlety, and variation
•Experience simple, safe physical and mental exercises that satisfy those needs and thus awaken your vitality
•Discover why and how these methods work
• Find easy ways of incorporating the Essentials into your daily life so every activity–from washing the dishes to working at your desk, from interacting with your loved ones to your golf game–brings you renewed vitality

Endorsed by leading physicians, scientists, and transformational teachers, the Anat Baniel Method will help you enjoy renewed energy and stamina. You’ll be lighter on your feet. Your memory will be better. Thinking and problem solving will become easier. If you are active in a sport, yoga, or work out at the gym, you will notice yourself performing better and with greater ease and fewer injuries. Most important, you will experience yourself moving more fully into your life.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Baniel's compassionate and empowering approach will leave readers, particularly those with problems defying traditional treatment (chronic pain, mental and emotional trauma) eager to forge positive communication pathways between the body and the mind.”
Publishers Weekly

“Anat’s work is life changing and so is this book. For those seeking greater health and vitality, Move into Life is a must. The ideas are original and cutting edge, yet supported by science. Read it, apply what you learn, and experience remarkable transformations and greater vitality of mind and body.”
Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles™ 

“I feel lucky to have discovered Anat Baniel’s work. In her book Move Into Life — The Nine Essentials for Life Long Vitality  she offers us powerful, immediate, yet easy to apply ways to wake up our brains and gain the vitality we all wish for. This scientifically based knowledge and practice is novel and important and deserves the widest audience.”
John Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

“Move Into Life — The Nine Essentials for Life Long Vitality is a brilliant and original approach to bringing about rapid change and enhanced vitality. This program gives you access to the limitless energy and vibrancy that are at the heart of a happy and satisfying life.”
Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and featured teacher in The Secret

“This book puts living back into life. It is the distilled wisdom of a great guide.”
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

“Anat Baniel has evolved to a point few can match, let alone surpass.”
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

“A new, highly original approach to creating vitality, longevity, and self-sufficiency. This book is a must-read for every person wanting to make the best of the next phase of their life.”
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of Brain Longevity

“Baniel has developed powerful, practical strategies for improving your abilities and building a better, stronger brain that are supported by the neuroscience of brain plasticity.”
Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D

Move Into Life provides a great wealth of wisdom and guidance for tapping into the energy for achieving our most rewarding goals and delighting in them when we do.” 
Bob Proctor, You Were Born Rich: Now You Can Discover and Develop Those Riches

“Anat Baniel’s discoveries are of vital importance to all of us because they help us reach our greatest potential.”
Christopher Ryan, M.D., American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

“The results I have witnessed border on the miraculous. What Anat does makes complete sense; how she does it is inspiring and often ingenious.”
Cheryl Cooper, M.D., O.D., Member of the Board, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“The work of Anat Baniel has often been described as the world’s best kept secret. Now, at last, this secret is revealed. This book will not just change your life, it will give you the tools to create and nurture a vitality that will continue to move you further and further into life for as long as you live. There is no limit to the possibilities that this book will open for you.”
Neil Sharp, M.D.

Publishers Weekly

Based on the work of her mentor, mind-body pioneer Moshe Feldenkrais, dancer and clinical psychologist Baniel developed a program she has used with clients, including professional musicians, athletes and learning-disabled children. Articulating and amplifying Feldenkrais's system, Baniel's method consists of nine ways to overcome dysfunctional mind-body connections that prevent people of all ages from feeling life-enhancing vitality and optimal health: moving with attention; turning on the "learning switch"; experiencing subtlety; breaking harmful habits through variation; living more slowly; setting flexible goals; firing enthusiasm; using the imagination; and cultivating awareness. Citing research into neurogenesis, Baniel contends that brain growth can be stimulated with such simple yet paradoxical shifts as making gains without pain, reducing force to increase power and solving problems by daydreaming. By taking quizzes, then doing gentle physical movements and brain exercises, readers can test Baniel's theories for themselves, as well as read personal success stories. Baniel's compassionate and empowering approach will leave readers, particularly those with problems defying traditional treatment (chronic pain, mental and emotional trauma) eager to forge positive communication pathways between the body and the mind. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307395290
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 265,956
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ANAT BANIEL is the director of the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael, California. A clinical psychologist and dancer, she worked closely with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for more than fifteen years and has helped thousands of people–from five days old to ninety years of age; from high-performance athletes, businesspeople, scientists, and musicians to people worn down by daily stress or aches and pains and those seeking greater joy in their lives–move beyond limitations and achieve greater energy, strength, and success.

Visit the author at www.AnatBanielMethod.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Anat Baniel "Move into Life" The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality

    This book is unique in the way that it describes attitudes and experiences in our life, which oould deprive us from feeling free and happy. With thousands of people Anat has worked with in her 30 years of her working life, who had serious problems of any kind. She helped them overcome those by confronting them with the essence of their condition. Anat applies Nine Essentials for the brain in order to resume growing at a fast rate, as it did when we were young. She is able to show that this can happen at any age. These are
    Movement with Attention. Letting your brain be aware of your movements. She gives seemingly very easy exercises to demonstrate this. The Learning switch - which is turned on when we have new ideas, are aware of our sensuality and pleasure, Subtlety, the brain thrives on gentler, less forceful attitude. Variation: different ways of moving, which may end back pain, and discovering new ideas, integrating it into the way you feel. SLOW: realizing that doing things slowly one feels so much more. Of course, Enthousiasm is essential, taking the dull and boring and let the tiny become great. Flexible goals: don't hold on to fixed thinking, but discover new ways with which Vitality and Health can be accomplished. Imagination and Dreams: dreams are not optional if you are to fulfill your destiny. Awareness: knowing and knowing that you know. Awareness is is the opposite of automaticity and compulsion. Knowing that you are in the now. With awareness we can have a brighter, joyful and alert life.

    Anat has a wonderful and unique way working with people and have them overcome their fallacies. Among those are people with a world name, e.g. a famous orchestra conductor. She has also for us, readers, those easy exercises, and makes us us feel with our brain our actions.
    This book is a gem and completely unique. It should be read by everyone as an eye opener and especially for those who have physical or mental poblems of any kind.
    Dorothea Klip

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  • Posted February 7, 2009

    Life changing! A must read!

    I was fortunate to read a galley and can't wait for the book to be in the bookstores. I know of at least 20 friends and family I want to give this book to. It offers life changing guidance to greater health and wellness. I thought I had read everything there was about mind/body health, but this is new for me. It's easy to read, offering scientific substantiation, body movement exercises that improved my flexibility immediately and astounding anecdotes. It's something I will put in my library and refer to often.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Excellent book about being alive at whatever age

    This book is an excellent resource on how to learn to be, remain, and strive towards vitality through very easy exercises that teach awareness of what and how we move and think and how those modalitites affect our nervous system.

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    "The slower I went, the faster my clients responded."

    I am not yet well enough versed in Moshe Feldenkrais's exercises in mind-directed movements to know what is or is not additional or original in his disciple's 2009 book MOVE INTO LIFE: THE NINE ESSENTIALS FOR LIFELONG VITALITY. Author is 60-something Anat Baniel, originally of Israel, now of San Rafael, California. Ms. Baniel, dancer, clinical psychologist, wife and mother, claims originality for her Anat Baniel Method for helping people find joy in life. At the core of the Method are Nine Essentials for training the brain. *** Some readers of MOVE INTO LIFE may find practically every word new and a revelation. Others, more familiar with the literature on physical fitness through movement, will find much less new and original. Much depends on whether you approach MOVE INTO LIFE from a background in yoga, tai chi, chi kung, Feldenkrais, Pilates or some other trend in the health through mind-directed movement arena. *** I come to Anat Baniel's movement with three years experience in tai chi, over a year taking Feldenkrais classes and half a year doing Pilates. One of Baniel's Nine Essentials is SLOW: move slowly and thereby notice better what you are doing. This is familiar to me from tai chi. Nonetheless, I found Baniel's text a very helpful extended meditation on going slow, counteracting Americans' tendency to rush through things we do not understand. I liked Baniel's "slow listening" which shows respect for your interlocutor and makes it easier to concentrate on what you are hearing. Slowing down your teaching is also important: "...when I was able to slow way down the speed with which I was working with people, my clients woke up. The slower I went, the faster my clients responded" (Ch 5). *** Other ideas that Anat Baniel presents were familiar to me from Feldenkrais: move with attention, be aware of what you are doing and how you look, make small discriminations between one movement and another much like it. Here her case studies and graphic examples gave context to what I already knew. *** A few notions came across to me as new: being able to switch ENTHUSIASM on and off and how my teaching or learning improve when I am enthusiastic. The next day during an outdoor tai chi class I noticed how consistently enthusiastic my teacher is and how infectious that learnable skill is. *** The author keeps abreast of the rapidly expanding field of brain studies, especially neuroplasticity. She offers a good bibliography and massive, detailed end notes. She rererences her authors throughout her narrative. Her anecdotal case studies, e.g. of a pianist who raced while playing materials she had not mastered, are well told. I have retold several of them. *** The book is not without its limitations. For some reason the author does not give her birth year, which I infer must be around 1950. Pictures scattered on dust jacket and internet seem to make her look less than 40. Is she sensitive to her age? Almost at the very end of the book she thanks "co-writer" Hal Zina Bennett for contributions to every page, but does not give him credit on the title page -- something she does for her illustrator David Gerstein. Finally, the book is supposed to be what the Nine Essentials do for the brain. But most of the illustrations are instead about what applying the Principles does for other people, especially Baniel's clients or students. Sometimes the blurred perspective is confusing. -OOO-

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