Ideas

Enjoy

This way of moving feels good. Think of enjoying a warm shower. The water flowing on you feels good. It’s like that.

I’m friendly, here to help you, and good at this. Doing this together feels good.

Ease

We move to feel ourselves. We to ease discomfort and tightness. We go away from ignoring ourselves. We move to feel where we have need.

Simple

Keep it simple. I see difficulty get in the way. So I took yoga apart.

Feel

It is about how you feel, in each part and all the way through. Ideas mislead us. But our flesh speaks clearly when we listen close and well.

I guide you to move and also guide you to feel how you move. We can feel what we need. We can feel what fits us.

Guide

You don’t get it by just watching.

I guide you. I show you and explain. I help you align. I guide you to feel how you move. I guide to trust and follow your feel.

Blind

We follow how we feel not how we look. I guide you to feel what you need rather than look outward and follow others. This is not a group activity; this is interior and personal and private.

Sway

We move to feel ourselves. We feel our way in. As we sway, we feel how we move. And feel is our guide.

Touch

Touch guides our feel. Light touch helps us feel ourselves move. Firm touch, a rub, guides us to feel deeper. Deep touch, a hold, connects us to ourselves.

Support

We simplify. Support lessens work. Support helps us. For example, folding forward with support feels better and works better. I guide you in specific support.

Anchor

Pressing against something stable changes how we move. For example, a push-up differs from a dumbbell press. So too when we extend: it feels better and works better when anchored. I guide you in specific ways to anchor.

Repeat

Do it again.

Do it again tomorrow, that does more than doing it longer today. Do it again today, that does more than doing it harder.

We are not pulling weeds. Just yanking on it doesn’t get us there. It is neuromuscular, not just mechanical. I see our anatomy, but I also see moving and feel flow through you.

We move to ease. We move to feel. We move to engage. We move to persuade ourselves. We move to reshape our ways. We are retraining ourselves, making and reminding the many not conscious skills of moving well. Repeating trains skills better than pushing.

One side

One side at a time works better.

With time or injuries we come to move less well. And we hold on to these ways of moving less well and ignore them. One side at a time we feel these imbalances.

Symmetrical motion, like walking or running or cycling, allows imbalances to accumulate, and our ways of compensating go unnoticed until our eventual discomfort. We move one side at a time to feel what we need.

Rest

We use rest. Just trying to yank it open does less.

I guide you with specific support to rest into opening. For example, with specific support for the leg we can better open your hip.

Patience

We reshape our ways of moving. Some quickly. Feeling yourself move and a fews minutes a day can make a difference in a week.

We move to feel what we need and reshape our habits. Habits take time. We have gentle patience with ourselves.

No Lines

We often sit and stand square to the room around us, as if we were furniture. And without thinking about it, we follow the walls and floor as we move.

But we’re not furniture.

We see ourselves like stick figures with straight lines and angles. But we’re not stick figures. We are not diagrams and labeled parts.

Moving to follow walls and lines hurt us. We are not geometry. I guide you to feel how it is good for you to move.

Humor

If you like piña coladas
And getting caught in the rain
If you’re not into yoga
If you have half a brain

Rupert Holmes – Escape – 1979