Vivian Best is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM. The Feldenkrais Method has given her relief from pain, and has helped her to empower others to take better care of themselves. She teaches self-aware self-care, and her compassionate guidance has helped instill a sense of pleasure in movement, and bring vitality and ease to her clients.
Vivian has explored many movement traditions from yoga and ballet, to West African, modern, and flamenco, but her passion is for partnered dancing. She has been an avid swing and blues dancer since 1999, was an instructor for the Hawaii Jitterbugs and blues workshop organizer. She was a gifted educator at Kahala Elementary and has also taught classes for children and adults in creative arts, ecoliteracy, and lindyhop. Her interests in movement, teaching, and helping others brought her to study the Feldenkrais Method and she has continued to grow and develop as a Feldenkrais Teacher, tutor, and organizer for events that connect and empower others through conversation and movement.
In 2009, while attending the first segment of her training in Chicago, she was inspired to start a project called “Give It Fresh Today,” which collects donations of fresh local produce at the farmer’s markets for use in meals that feed the hungry. The project collects over 1500 pounds of food a month from Blaisdell, KCC, Kailua and Windward Mall Markets. For more information, check out the talk she gave at TedXHonolulu.
Recognized by Honolulu Magazine as one of “6 People Making a Difference in Honolulu” in November 2013, by Pacific Business News as one of Hawai’i’s “40 Under 40,” and the Honolulu Star Advertiser as one of “10 Who Made a Difference” in 2010 for her work in the community, Vivian loves sharing about the Feldenkrais Method and believes it can inspire positive change, building awareness and hope for inspired action!