Mabel Todd, The Thinking Body

Mabel Todd Book : The Thinking Body

The Thinking Body
by Mabel Todd

2017 Reprint of 1937 Edition.  Full facsimile of the original edition, complete with all Illustrations from the 1937 edition.

A classic study by Mabel Todd of physiology and the effect of psychological processes on movement that has a mind/body approach, which makes it a favourite of dancers.



Publisher : Martino Fine Books (8 Sept. 2017)
Language : English
Paperback : 342 pages
ISBN-10 : 1684221463
ISBN-13 : 978-1684221462
Dimensions : 15.6 x 1.93 x 23.39 cm


I love this book, for its no-nonsense, practical explanations of how the human body works. I can't believe she was writing this a hundred years ago, as it reflects the best thoughts in serious yoga teaching today.

It's great for educating non-yoga practitioners to the the scientific / engineering basis to yoga and also for re-inforcing the basic principles of yoga to students who might be tempted to just 'achieve' a shape, without any consideration of the processes happening within their body.


A timeless classic: as relevant today, maybe more so, than it ever was. Worth a read for students of anatomy and movement therapy, as a contrast to the reductionism of so much modern writing.


I really love this product as it was in perfect condition and everything was how I wanted it to be. The book itself is great and has really helped to expand my knowledge in this area. I have been reading this book for about a week now and I am thoroughly enjoying it. This book as met my expectations and very happy with overall product.

About the author Mabel Todd

Mabel Todd (1880 – 1956) is known as the founder of what came to be known as 'Ideokinesis', a form of somatic education that became popular in the 1930s amongst dancers and health professionals. Todd's ideas involved using anatomically based, creative visual imagery and consciously relaxed volition to create refine neuromuscular coordination. Lulu Sweigard, who coined the term Ideokinesis, and Barbara Clark furthered Todd's work.

Todd's work was published in her book 'The Thinking Body' (1937), which is now considered by modern dance schools to be a classic study of physiology and the psychology of movement. Her work influenced many somatic awareness professionals of her day, and is often cited along with The Feldenkrais method for its focus on the subtle influence of unconscious intention and attention.

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