Tag Archives: sidelying

Falling from your side

You might think you’re safe from falling over when you’re already lying on the ground. But let’s see if we can’t find a little wiggle room for a few safe tumbles in that concept.

For all Haligonians and honorary Haligonians everywhere who are slipping and sliding in the ice and snow!


Opposition on the side

All these years, I tell you to go slower, slower, slower–and now fast? Fast, quick, light movements? Astonishing. And just wait to see how your breathing and use of your spine changes.

This is AY 447, for those keeping track. And a week is a long time in Canada, lately anyway. The bobblehead joke probably no longer makes much sense. It’s been overtaken by other events. Miley Cyrus is eternal however (really?) and the ATM I refer to as “the Miley Cyrus” is AY 451.

Somewhere in your back…

The first lesson of our new Sept – Oct 2013 series: a gentle twisting movement on your side.

Some of my comments suggest that you might do the second side (as you go from side to side) in your imagination. This is always a good option when you can’t follow the instructions without pain. It’s also a really useful technique whatever your ability to move comfortably.

This is AY 434, for those keeping track at home.

Three minutes before the end of the lesson, I realize that my earring is hitting my microphone, and remove it. Oops.

Taking the foot through the ring of the arms

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.

On the side – head and pelvis

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.)


Protrusions and Bendings

A subtle coordination of the head and spine to support the bending of the leg–it just may put a spring in your step in the middle of winter (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, that is!).

You may want to have a few flat, firm cushions or flat, folded towels for under your head as you lie on the side. Depending on the organization of your spine, shoulders, and neck, you may be able to do it without. If your neck is strained, that’s an extra barrier to feeling the dynamic connection with your pelvis and legs.

Classical twist on the side with an advanced opening

The kayak image isn’t Moshe’s; it’s local colour. We specialize in local colour in Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, I doubt there’s a better lesson for lengthening your neck, greasing your hips (how did that happen?), changing your walk, and reorganizing the use of your arms. Check it out.

Arm around in lying

You never know, in life, when you’re going to be stuck up against a wall and need to reach into your back pocket. If this function concerns you, this is the lesson for you.

On the other hand, you may have more generalized interests, like ungluing your shoulder blades, freeing your neck, or undoing patterns of holding in the abdomen that limit everything else you do. This lesson can help you with those things too.