About

Peter J Fabian, PT, CFP, E-RYT 500

Director of the Peter J Fabian, PT, private practice Physical Therapy clinic in Larkspur, California, USA.  He holds a BS degree in Psychology (1973) and BS in Physical Therapy (1979).  He also holds a Certificate as a Feldenkrais Practitioner (1993).  He has taught Physical Therapy and advanced manual therapy approaches internationally.   E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance, USA.

Also he provides dynamic workshops in Fitness, Rehabilitation and Stress Management world wide.

Member of faculty for the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program as well as Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh India.  He spends two to three months per year teaching in India.  He has been teaching yoga since the 70’s. He met Swami Rama of the Himalayas

and Swami Veda Bharati in the late 1970’s.  He remains a perennial student of his teachers.

SRSG Rishikesh India

Strong and Healthy and Mindful

Many of us experience pain and problems with moving and living our day to day lives.  Symptoms and movement dysfunctions often go together.  Sometimes we just want to be able to perform better, have less pain in our lives or just enjoy life more.  This web site is focused on these issues including performance, movement problems and paying  attention.  This repertoire of movement and observation includes many of the skills I have learned and continue to learn from my work as a Physical Therapist and Yoga Student and Teacher.

In this web site you will find:

  1. Examples of athletes, performers and the rest of us working through our movement and observation skills
  2. Strategies for becoming better at paying attention
  3. Mindfulness training throughout athletics, work, play and yoga will be stressed
  4. How meditation and strengthening the mind is an integral process in any training program
  5. Various examples will be given of examining an exercise, asana/posture or simple functional movements–not only how can we do it better–but also how can we connect with what we are feeling to what we are doing–thereby naturally arriving at the doing in sometimes a very beautiful and/or surprisingly easy way!

If one is having a problem doing something, whether in sports, recreation, or life and living–there is an assumption that this doing involves the final act of moving this body (includes moving our mouth and even our minds).  Then the below “Basic Philosophy for Healthier Movements” come into play.  If one is doing just fine, then there is no need to utilize this philosophy.  If one is not needing to move better (including body, speech and mind) then also this movement and attention philosophy may not be applicable.

Basic Philosophy for Healthier Movement

  1. There first is a problem with doing some type of movement (often with an associated pain/discomfort or a lessening of performance)–to include pain we cause others
  2. There is a reason for this problem that relates to the way one moves and what one is observing
  3. There are solutions and or ways to eliminate or manage it better through improving ones observation and movement of the body and mind
  4. There is some type of observation and movement training and/or practice that one can learn in order to eliminate, lessen or manage these problems

(Listing 4 points like this reminds me of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths or four headings under the science of healing and therapeutics, Chikitsa-Shastra)

Key Points

In trying to do something better:

  1. First ask questions.  Don’t immediately try to do it better.
  2. Second pay attention.  First identify what you are doing by listening and feeling.  This second step is immensely helpful and you will see the difference of adding this strategy with time and experience.
  3. Realize there is a repertoire to the context of ones movement patterns.  Just because we have bodies and minds does not mean that we know how to skillfully use them.  Like anything there is some work involved in discovering many of the relationships that are affecting us.  This repertoire will be shared by all of us and yet be influence differently by the different functional tasks we undertake.
  4. Practice-Practice-Practice in a skillful manner.  Use constant re-evaluation and a coach/teacher/guide to help.  Make sure you have a goal that you are heading towards.
  5. Then design a proper program.
  6. Feel free to contact me for any questions.