The Nine Essentials

The Nine Essentials offer gentle and effective ways to tap into the brain’s enormous potential and are incorporated into all Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® lessons.  They provide rich and potent conditions for experiential learning and the formation of new connections in the brain which can lead to new levels of physical, emotional, and cognitive performance. 

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Movement with Attention

Bring attention to what you feel as you move and your brain will immediately wake up and start to learn, evolve, and transform.

Movement with Attention

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Subtlety

When you reduce the force with which you move, think, and act, the brain is able to perceive finer differences which leads to enhanced learning.

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Subtlety
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The Learning Switch

For the brain to properly do its job, the learning switch needs to be turned ON. Expect that you will do, think, or learn something new in each situation, even familiar ones.

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The Learning Switch
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Slow

When you move quickly, the brain will rely on what it already knows.  Slow down to give yourself the opportunity to feel, notice, learn and explore different ways of doing things.  

 Attention

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Enthusiasm

When you feel enthusiasm and joy, your brain learns that what is happening in that moment is important to you and amplifies that experience.

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Enthusiasm
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Imagination & Dreams

Imagine how to carry out your tasks and dream up as many possibilities as you can. Imagination & dreams guide your brain to continue growing and developing.

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Imagination & Dreams
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Variation

When you do something the same way every time, the brain learns one way of doing it.  By bringing in variations, and finding different ways to do the same thing, the brain learns that there are options and opens up to new possibilities.

Variation

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Flexible Goals

We set goals and often focus on the end result but it is important to embrace all the smaller unexpected successes and positive outcomes along the way.

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Flexible Goals
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Awareness

Become aware of what you are doing, sensing, thinking, and experiencing at any given moment. When you are present and actively aware, your brain is working at its highest level.

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Awareness