Sneaking Up On the Hip
“The challenge is finding configurations that don't simply reproduce the same old patterns of life.”
I could call this lesson, “meditation on the wholeness of the leg.” It’s a slow, contemplative, and, in the end, complicated exploration.
I have an old injury that causes a lot of pain in my right SI joint. Sometimes it wakes me up in the middle of the night, pulsing and throbbing. This happens more often when I ignore my hip and pretend it’s not there.
I like this lesson because it doesn’t ask me to navigate challenging movements when I’m in pain. It just asks me to sense how I move.
Removing any demand allows my leg to emerge in a quiet, settled way. My attention no longer goes to discomfort, but to quality.
It helps my hip, but also the low back, ribs, and breath. I feel balanced and tall after this lesson.
Even if you’re not concerned about your own hip, this lesson frees up hidden tensions in the back. Bonus: It also helps with walking!
As Moshe Feldenkrais said, “I know life can be better.
Yet, I do like the reminders that I don’t have to live in that space of throbbing pain!
TIP: As this is a one-sided lesson, do the lesson just on the one side to contrast your perception. (You can do the other side later.)