November-December 2011 Class: Turning on a Dime

Can you turn on a dime?

The kind of flexibility we learn in Feldenkrais isn’t so much about how wide you can open a joint or how far you can twist your spine. It’s more about how readily you can respond to your environment (inner and outer), and change course.

In this six-week series, we’ll refine our control around the central axis, manage and coordinate the masses of the pelvis and head, get a few nice twists in, kick out our heels (subtly), and learn how to turn on a dime.

  1. Turning heels out
  2. Turning heels and head
  3. Recording failed. Sorry! An outline of the lesson is on Feldy Notebook at this page
  4. From clarifying the hip to turning and lifting the head
  5. Twisting the Pelvis with a Long Arm
  6. Turning on a side axis

Turning on a side axis

Returning to our theme of turning on a dime, this lesson finds the relation between really standing, the freedom of the head, and the freedom to turn.

Heavily but not completely edited to remove all my evening’s left-right mix-ups. Left in the local colour in the form of free-associating to Ellen Page (from Halifax) and the movie Hard Candy.

Twisting the Pelvis with a Long Arm

Taking the idea of turning around the axis into another orientation (lying on our backs, rolling to the side), and playing with some flexion along the front diagonals: you’ll get an interesting view into your shoulders with this one! Like an x-ray machine, only kinaesthetic, with zero radiation exposure!

Jan – Feb 2012 Feldenkrais ATM Classes

As the 2011 winds down, your thoughts may be turning to the new year, new movements, new possibilities, new sensations….which, naturally, means Feldenkrais.

I’m now holed up in my cat-walk office in Terence Bay, brewing a new theme for the Jan-Feb 8-week ATM series. We’ll plan to run from January 4 – February 22, but the weather may extend the series as late March 7 (last year we had two Wednesday snowstorms). The following series will start after the March school break.

You can read more about the location, find the paypal link and other options for paying ($80), here.

You can also reserve your spot by emailing me at lynette@kinesophics.ca.

Happy holidays,

Lynette

From clarifying the hips to turning and lifting the head

This lesson continues from the previous week (for which the recording unfortunately failed–you can find an outline at this page on Feldy Notebook).

We’re clarifying the hip joints and finding the magic path of the head in space for a effortless turning, extension and lifting of the head, somewhere in between side-lying and face down, and somewhere in between side-lying and face up.