Humans Are Built to Grow and Evolve Throughout Life – Conversation 2
The movement lessons below are a demonstration of the power of the brain to change itself (neuroplasticity) for the better. It includes ways to set the brain up for successful learning that are discussed in our Huff-Post Blog.
Make sure to do the movements slowly, gently, and with close attention to what you feel as you move.
Below are the movement lessons referenced in the blog post Jill Bolte Taylor and Anat Baniel in Conversation 2: Humans Are Built to Grow and Evolve Throughout Life
Easy Movement of the Right Wrist and Fingers
When you’re ready, below is the movement lesson turning to the other side.
Easy Movement of the Left Wrist and Fingers
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her physical function and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin). In 2008, Dr. Jill gave a presentation at the TED Conference in Monterey, CA, which turned out to be the first TED talk to ever go viral through the internet. TED and Dr. Jill became world famous instantaneously and her TED talk is now the second most viewed TED talk of all time. This now famous 18-minute presentation catapulted her story into the public eye, and within six weeks of presenting that TED talk, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008, she was the premiere guest on Oprah’s Soul Series web-cast, and her book My Stroke of Insight became a New York Times bestseller.
Anat Baniel, bestselling author of Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits, is the creator of the Anat Baniel Method℠, a powerful practice that takes advantage of the brain’s ability to change itself at any age to heal both body and mind. Trained as a clinical psychologist and dancer, she worked closely with Dr. Feldenkrais for many years, and today is a leader in the field of NeuroMovement®. Baniel has developed a revolutionary movement-based approach that is supported by recent brain plasticity research. She has successfully worked with tens of thousands of people, from high-performance athletes, dancers, and musicians to those suffering from brain trauma, pain, and injury. She is world renowned for her work with children with special needs. She has trained hundreds of practitioners in her method worldwide.