Welcome

Hi there and welcome to my website.

I’m Lesley McLennan, the co-author of Moving from the Inside Out.

I’m keenly interested in projects that expand potential — mine, yours, ours.

That means ideas, books, events or organisations that cajole, inspire or provoke action. Right now I’m working on a new book about an organisation whose role is unleashing potential to end hunger in some of the poorest communities on our planet.

I hope to fill this website with many more inspiring collaborations. In the meantime, feel free to look around.

All the best
Lesley

By Lesley McLennan & JULIE PECK

Moving from the Inside Out

A practical guide to moving with ease

Seven organising principles of movement are the starting points for investigating your own movement challenges, whether ongoing niggles, recurring injuries, stiffness, pain, or improving your path to excellence.

‘This is a delightful book, full of practical exercises and convincing stories about how to get to know yourself better from the inside — and the inestimable benefits that result if you do. I found it fascinating and enlightening — and you will too.’

Guy Claxton, author of Intelligence in the Flesh

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From the first twitch in the womb to the last dying flicker of the nervous system our lives are movement. In all its diverse aspects — as sensation, thought, action or emotion — movement is life.

Expanding potential through movement

Moving from the Inside Out guides you through information, stories and practical explorations. Written with a light touch, this book is about serious matters that influence the quality of our lives.

Discover:

  • the dynamic balance between instability and stability for moving with ease and grace
  • the flexibility and support embedded in every musculo-skeletal system
  • how anxiety and curiosity shape our individual developmental sequence
  • how qualities of movement are clues for your investigation        
  • ways to increase your power and accuracy
  • the special role of intra-abdominal pressure in our physical and emotional worlds
  • how moving and learning are entwined — a practical approach to neuroplasticity.

The sources of our biggest challenges and our greatest improvements often lie in the simple patterns we re-enact every day. Understanding this — experientially as well as intellectually — offers an exciting way to live more happily.

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‘This is a delightful book, full of practical exercises and convincing stories about how to get to know yourself better from the inside — and the inestimable benefits that result if you do. I found it fascinating and enlightening — and you will too.’

Guy Claxton, author of Intelligence in the Flesh

Author

Lesley McLennan

Lesley McLennan was born in, bred in, and has continually returned to her hometown Brisbane (Queensland, Australia). She’s had an eclectic career, based around arts and education: as a teacher, performer, director, lecturer, producer, artisan and writer.

While studying and performing mime in London (in the 1980s) she ‘stumbled’ over the Feldenkrais Method — a movement-based approach to cultivating individual potential. It is a method that encourages each of us to nurture and expand the horizons of our curiosity.

Thereafter, curiosity has fuelled travels to all seven continents, post-graduate studies, trading on the stock market, embracing philanthropy, and now collaborative writing.

Author

Julie Peck

Julie Peck, based in Perth, Australia, is an internationally respected educational director of Feldenkrais professional training programs (FPTPs). Her annual schedule involves crossing the world to teach, present workshops, and mentor. In between, she works in her practice, where she sees a range of people, from athletes wanting to fine-tune their performance, through to babies with neurological problems. Julie started her professional life as a physiotherapist, before entering the first Australian FPTP in 1987.

Her passion is creating learning environments through which students can discover their full potential.

Coming Soon!

New Book

Expanding potential through transformational leadership

Still under wraps because this is in its very earliest stages … it’s about the obvious but overlooked methods of an organisation with an amazing track record. Since 1977 their work has been transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people from beneficiaries of charity to leaders who end generational hunger and poverty in their regions. 

To see the outcomes of their methods, visit The Hunger Project at www.thp.org.au or www.thp.org.

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* ‘The Potent Self’ is a title coined by Moshe Feldenkrais. I chose PotentSelf as a domain name in salute to MF and his intention to expand the powerful, positive potential in all of us.