posture and balance
We're all striving for better posture. We all feel somehow flawed if we slouch, slump, round, curl, fold, collapse, lean, tilt, or teeter. If our shoulders aren't back, chest up, rear end tucked, and stomach flat there must be something wrong. Try to walk around like that: shoulders back, tummy in, rear tucked, chest up. Can you even move? Read the rest of the posture handout here. You might be surprised!
The mechanics of Judo, or the Feldenkrais Method, skiing, planting a garden, raising kids, or playing piano, are incidental the the how, to the way we attend to ourselves.
Dr. Feldenkrais says that oncer the higher controls are present—once the “way” of doing is refined—new tasks no longer present a problem. I believe all great men and women—those who have accomplished what by any standard would be remarkable feats—use what Feldenkrais calls the minimum energy principle. That is, eliminating all extraneous actions, thoughts, and sense impressions that do not contribute to the task at hand.
Like riding a bike and not over-corecting. Balance.
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breath and balance
Learn how the softening of the ribs and clarifying force through the feet aids effortless uprightness.
1 Breathing part 1, 20 min
2 Breathing part 2, 12 min
3 Feet on wall, 16 min
4 Lengthening and expanding chest, 51 min
5 Exhaling and expanding, 37 min
creating effortless posture: let gravity do the work
Much of our musculoskeletal pain comes from over-contracting and working too hard. With these gentle movement lessons, you can stop bracing and sense your natural relationship to gravity.
For these lessons, you will need one blanket for the floor, and another blanket rolled into a five- or six-inch tube. You might also have a small, folded towel for your head if necessary.
1 A flexible spine, 32 min
2 Releasing the neck, 36 min
3 Easy shoulders, 29 min
4 Fluid low back, 29 min
Comment on posture, 4 min