About Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNI)

About Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNI)

Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery (DNI)  is an imagery-based systematic method for movement and postural control retraining. DNI uses progressive movement exercises combined with various methods of imagery to draw participants’ attention to anatomical structures and locations, body biomechanics, as well as spatial and functional relationships between body segments during movement. Thus, participants are trained to observe, contemplate, and use enhanced anatomical knowledge to enhance movement quality and optimize the movement of the body part (e.g., acknowledging the pelvis location and its counter-rotational motion during gait to facilitate normal gait patterns within the pelvis and lower extremities.) DNI practice integrates movement experience, anatomical and biomechanical knowledge, movement-related imagery inputs and sensory cues, proprioception, self-talk, and self-touch.

DNITM  is a novel, academic term comprising the “Franklin Method®” (the imagery method developed by Eric Franklin) and its associated knowledge together with current updates and advancements from our clinical experience and related academic research.

To-date, DNITM  is the only comprehensive imagery training approach that provides participants and students with a systematic approach towards learning and using imagery for sports, dance, and daily life performance. As such, it can be applied to all movement techniques and exercise regimen, including Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, etc. DNI is also the only approach that offers regulated teachers’ training courses with well-established syllables and a faculty of officially trained teachers.

Scientific studies have shown that training to DNITM  resulted in improved biomechanical and qualitative aspects of dance movement performance in 18 college dance students and resulted in a significant improvement in jump height in 13 college dance students. Recently, we determined that performance of developpé (a complex dance movement), as measured by leg lift height, was significantly improved in 34 college dance students following an intensive, 3-day DNITM  training. This training also improved participants’ imagery ability (measured with a standardized questionnaire) (Abraham, Gose, and Hackney, in preparation).

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  • Learn how to teach Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to your clients.
  • In year one you will learn about the basics of Dynamic Neuro- Cognitive Imagery™  in all its applications. Especially the bone-rhythms of the body and how the bones naturally move inside your body to produce efficient and effortless movement.
  • Plus, we cover fundamentals such as biomechanics, posture and breathing.
  • Each training includes online training between live modules
  • At the end of the course you receive a certificate and the right to teach several of the introductory workshops, which include: Basic Introduction to Imagery, Pelvic Power and Healthy Spine.. READ MORE


Eric Franklin has author over 21 books, including of Dynamic Alignment through Imagery (2012), Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (2013), Relax your Neck – Liberate your Shoulders (2002), Pelvic Power (2003), Inner Focus, Outer Strength (2006) and Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind (2009) and his newest book Grow Younger Daily (2016). Eric Franklin’s books have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, Czech, Chinese and Korean. You can see his available books here.


Every month we publish at least one new free video lesson for you to learn from and enjoy. From new and exciting exercises to new imagery, you will learn tools to release tension, improve your efficiency, gain strength and freedom of movement. We have a full library of video lessons that use Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery (DNI)™  along with other movement tools… Watch Now


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