Gindler, Elsa

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Gindler, Elsa Gender: M
Anna Elsa Gindler
born on 19 June 1885 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°01' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 23°32 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 25°39'


German somatic bodywork pioneer who, during the Nazi-period in Germany, used her investigations and experimental exercises with her students to covertly help people who were persecuted by the regime. For her assistance to the Jewish population of Berlin, she was distinguished as a righteous among the nations and a tree was planted in Yad Vashem in her honour.

She began her career as a gymnastics teacher, as a student of Hedwig Kallmeyer (who, in turn, had been a student of Genevieve Stebbins).

From her personal experience of recovering from tuberculosis (by concentrating on breathing only with her healthy lung and resting the diseased lung), Gindler originated a school of movement education, in close collaboration with Heinrich Jacoby.

What Gindler had called "Arbeit am Menschen" (work on the human being) emphasised self-observation and growing understanding of one's individual physically related condition. Simple actions such as sitting, standing, and walking were explored, as well as other everyday movements.

This became one of the bases of body psychotherapy since many of the most influential body psychotherapists studied with her or "Sensory Awareness" with Charlotte Selver at the Esalen Institute around 1962.

She died on 8 January 1961 in Berlin.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin City Archives.


  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychologist