Lavinia Plonka - Practice makes a Master

Lavinia Plonka, veteran teacher of the Feldenkrais Method is my guest this week. Her background stretches from playing the according, to theatre and mime, to yoga and the martial arts. She brings her rich history of learning and exploration in so many fields to this conversation. 

We talk about how she got into the Feldenkrais Method, pursuing mastery and her thoughts on daily practice.

In this episode you will hear...
  • The surprising story of how Lavinia became a mime.
  • Lavinia's approach to relinquishing control and being open to life. "Let the universe take care of you".
  • How Lavinia first came to the Feldenkrais Method and how she ran out the door when she saw that you worked with people using touch.
  • The Feldenkrais work invites us to attend the places in ourselves that physically locked or inhibited from their full possibility.
  • Her father's wisdom "There is no such thing as perfection. Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes a master."
  • How Lavinia practices daily and her recommendations to people just starting. "You have to make an appointment with yourself everyday."
  • Feldenkrais Trainer Mark Reese's answer to Lavinia's question, "how can I pursue my dream of being a writer."
About Lavinia Plonka
Body language expert Lavinia Plonka has helped people improve their movement, behavior, relationships and careers for over 3 decades. Her unique expertise connects the dots among posture/movement, emotions and the mind. 
Lavinia’s training and professional career have included theater, dance, yoga and the martial arts. She has taught The Feldenkrais Method® for 35+ years and is also an Assistant Trainer.

Lavinia is a level CL4 teacher of the Alba Method and an Emotional Body Instructor. 
She was an artist in residence for the Guggenheim Museum and movement consultant for theater and television companies around the world, from the Irish National Folk Theater to Nickelodeon. 

A faculty member of the Shift Network, Lavinia’s popular workshops explore the intersection between movement, emotions and the mind. She is currently the director of Asheville Movement Center in Asheville, NC. Lavinia’s writing includes several books and audio programs.

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I am a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Filmmaker. I am the director of the upcoming documentary on the Feldenkrais Method.
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Jeffrey Schwinghammer
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