These lessons grow your awareness of how the hips, pelvis, spine, and ribs work together. Some of it is muscular work, so take frequent rests. It’s worth it. One of my older clients did these lessons in class, then went in for a physical. Her doctor asked, “What have you been doing with your hips?!” because they were so mobile.
(A lot of this lesson has the arms overhead. If this is difficult, put a blanket under your arms to support them—raise the floor.) (AY268)
Different movements, same theme. I could call these lessons, “How to kick.” You’re training in how to connect the power of the back into the leg and pivot. (AY269)
This lesson is a puzzle at the end. It unravels the spine as you lengthen and turn. (AY270)
Discover another way for the leg to connect into the back. I often talk about the hips as a junction box through which movement travels. We walk from the torso, and the hips carry the legs to meet the movement of the torso. This lesson also includes the toes in an interesting way. (This is pretzel legs #1, if you’re familiar with that.) (Pretzel legs #1 San Francisco Training, June 21, 1976)
A sneaky lesson starting on the back and sliding the hands down the legs. I love doing this lesson because it starts out innocently enough, then ends in an amazing turn. Plus, I feel so relaxed folding my ribs that much. Hint: folding the ribs has something to do with straightening the leg.
Another lesson that sneaks up on moving the leg. Hint: Again, folding the ribs helps you move the leg. Learn to leverage your center of gravity at the same time.
This is an amazing lesson. It’s not intuitive, but because of that it shakes up the places where we hold. It utilizes one of Moshe Feldenkrais’s genius moves of flipping proximal and distal in a way that flips on some new switches in the brain. You will walk differently. (AY295)