Tilting pelvis sitting: another recording

As we start the last 6-week series before my sabbatical, I am in the mood for coming back to the basics–with the fresh eyes I’ve developed and you’ve all developed from doing more Feldenkrais. And from living.

The title of this lesson talks about tilting the pelvis. There’s never one answer to the question “what is this movement?” but there’s a lot to be said for this as an exploration of the idea of how your back relates to your knees. And the surprising places that can take you.

Supporting the head (continuation)

Aka watching the butterflies flutter by. Enjoy this bonus lesson!

It’s AY 534, a continuation of AY 533. The idea that continues through the two lessons is finding the connection between turning your head (and your neck just so) so that everything follows…to your pelvis, to your knees, your feet.

Face down, lift head with free spine

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!

 

Extensors with a twist

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

Looking over shoulder

I do apologize for the crackling. You can skip this if sound quality matters to you at all! If you persist and do it, you just may find yourself with a lengthened neck.

The previous lesson referred to is From clarifying the hips to turning and lifting the head. And I’ll investigate whether it was my turtleneck sweater interacting with the mic that caused this sound!

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.