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Another oscillations lesson

If you want to feel really asymmetrical (and who doesn’t?), this is the lesson for you!

Feeling asymmetrical, by the way, is nature’s way for you to learn from yourself.  So it’s useful, apart from being fun.

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.

On stomach, face to knee

The theme for this week and next week’s bonus lesson is a very lovely connection: how just the right turn of the head and direction of the spine at the base of the neck engages your whole spine and…bends your knees. (Just when I thought I’d finally stopped thinking about the knees.)

This is AY 533.

On the stomach, training the back (part 1)

If this face-down lesson doesn’t add an inch or so to your height (subjectively, if not objectively), I’d be surprised.

For those keeping track at home, this is a slow build-up, more or less half of AY473, with some loose interpretation.

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

Slow lifting on stomach

Feldenkrais had a general idea about “efficient action”–that you would use all the musculature proportionately to its mass/size. More work in the large, central (proximal) muscles, light refinement from the distal muscles. This lesson explores that fundamental idea.