Here we’re sensing how we use our knees–how we support ourselves from the floor–with a few new pelvic clock variations.
Lying face down, can your head wave from side to side like a reed in the wind? Where is your stable point connecting to the floor?
For those keeping track at home, this started out as AY 549, which for some reason has the title “lifting the pubic bone,” and then wandered considerably based on what was happening in the room. I’ll write something about that when I get a chance!
It’s all very simple, but in another orientation and configuration, it may feel like a challenge! Take as many rests for your wrists as you need.
Remember all that toe-bending a couple of weeks ago? Coming back to the same basic position, we start to see what we can accomplish with the foot we aren’t holding.
Things got a little crazy on Charles Street on Wednesday. Make a circle with your arms, hands interlaced, and now try to lace your legs through this. We didn’t quite get to the point of skipping rope with our own bodies as the skipping-rope. Maybe we’ll do that next week.
You have a lovely set of twistable floating ribs…I know you do…. Let’s see if we can smoke them out, and change the way you organize the use of your legs at the same time.
This will take your shoulders to new places. Your neck just might notice the change.
This is AY 374 for those keeping track at home!
There are a lot of hidden gems in this very simple idea of lying on your back with standing legs and lifting your pelvis…give it a try and see if your back doesn’t get much longer and easier, your arms lighter and more free, your breathing deeper. Go easy to find those gems!
Based on London Transcript, Lesson 18: http://feldynotebook.wikispaces.com/Head+and+pelvis+LT18.
Probably the most neglected function in modern life is extension–lifting the head to look up, reaching up to touch something overhead. We live in an environment carefully designed to obviate the need ever to do this. And every day we forget more and more what geniuses we were to be able to use our spines to lift a huge head with a tiny weak body.
This is a snow-day lesson posted slightly out of order! It’s based on Esalen 2: http://feldynotebook.wikispaces.com/Lifting+Head%2C+Legs%2C+Arms
Harness the power of the pelvis to support your upper limbs — with some twists, bends, and an intriguing mystery with the toes.
I’ll try to figure out what all those crunchy noise are and stop them. I think it’s a hair-microphone thing.
(This is AY 440.)