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.
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.
We spend a great deal of time concerned with the contents of our head–but its physicality? Its shape, size? What we can sense with sensory nerves and what we can “map” in our self-image? The space the brain rests inside? And how can it possibly transform action and feel so much just to pay attention to these things?
We can go our whole lives without realizing there’s some subtle movement of the ankle or use of the sole of our feet that has become a blind spot to us, unavailable. Then we buy orthotics or fuss about the right shoe to push our feet around in certain ways. Try improving your ability with your feet!
Sneak preview: we’ve working on the ankle-neck relationship this week and next.
It doesn’t get more “core” than how you organize yourself to use all the nuances and shades of potential action that your pelvis can generate and support. This classic pelvic clock lesson is an essential exploration you can return to again and again.
After a slow season, lessons are beginning again. Here’s something quiet, introspective–just a little lifting of a shoulder here, a hip there, a head from time to time. And the basic “directions” that structure the image of the action, while we’re at it.
I’d better get this posted while it’s still summer, what with all the summer commentary about how to be your own teacher. Legs crossed, arms in a triangle–how far can you go and still keep your balance? Or maybe that question stops making sense, and you can go wherever you want to go.
Something about phase changes between solids and liquids…that and some good old-fashioned Newtonian laws of motion. The third.
In this lesson, you’ll explore the elements of your own personal bridge (the series of “arches” rising from the floor and the parts of you that rest on the floor, providing support for the arches), and start to play with your arches….raise the bridge, lower it, raise some part and lower others….developing a more supple spine and clearer perception of transmission of forces in gravity, with special bonus organization of the hips and shoulders!
Kicking off a new series aimed at twisting things around, growing taller, and getting that spine of yours more supple. With a special shout-out to cousins who find it interesting to grow taller. This is a variation on a familiar kind of lesson, but it is a new variation, I promise.