Anat Baniel was born in Israel to a scientist father and a poet and garden architect mother. She has a BA in Psychology and Statistics, and went to graduate school at Tel Aviv University to become a clinical psychologist. She worked in this capacity with the Israeli Army for a number of years. At the same time, Anat pursued her passion for dance.
Being unsatisfied with the traditional “talk therapy,” Anat looked to impact the functional well-being of people through movement and communicating with the brain. Her search led her to Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais—the founder of the Feldenkrais Method.
After graduating from his training program, Anat worked, traveled, and closely collaborated with Dr. Feldenkrais until his passing. Dr. Feldenkrais was adamant that Anat do the work in her own distinct way, allowing her Method to develop and evolve uniquely and fully.
Anat continued working with high performers such as musicians and dancers, with people suffering from pain or limitations, and with an ever-growing number of children with special needs. This combination of clients led Anat to have profound insight as to how the brain learns and changes.
Anat Baniel is the author of two highly acclaimed books about this transformational methodology: Move Into Life: NeuroMovement for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits.
Anat has trained hundreds of practitioners in this Method. She collaborates with leading neuroscientists, doctors, and educators including Dr. Michael Merzenich, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Torres, and others. She and her team work out of the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael, California.