Ideas

We move again and again because it feels good. We repeat, we practice, we train so we can focus on how we feel and move well without the hesitation and distraction of thought. But how we think about moving guides us.

Enjoy

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

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

Simple

Keep it simple. I see difficulty get in the way. So I took yoga apart and got at the core and what works.

Ease

Discomfort gets in the way. It makes us move less well. We move to ease discomfort.

Feel

It is about how you feel, in each part and all the way through.

We move to feel into ourselves and find out what we need.

I guide you to move and to feel yourself move. Our flesh speaks clearly when we listen close. I guide you to feel what fits you.

Guide

You don’t get it by just watching.

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

Mend

How we mend ourselves from what happens to us makes the biggest difference to the quality of our lives. We move as a regular part of mending ourselves.

Blind

We follow how we feel not how we look. I guide you to feel what you need rather than look outward. This is inward, private, and personal. I help you not see.

Sway

We move to feel ourselves. As we sway, we feel how we move and feel our way in. We feel what we need and feel what fits us.

Touch

Touch guides us. Light touch helps us feel ourselves move. Firm touch, a rub, guides us to feel deeper. Deep touch, a hold, gives stability and an anchor, and we feel ourselves whole.

Support

We simplify. Support lessens work and distraction. 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.

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 is what trains skills.

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 build, and our ways of compensating go unnoticed until our eventual discomfort. We move one side at a time to feel what we need.

Engage Rest

We actively rest into open. I guide you with support to rest and release. With specific ways of moving, we rest open your shoulders, back, and hips.

Patience

We reshape our ways of moving, some quickly. A fews minutes a day can improve comfort in a week.

We reshape our habits, and habits take time. We give gentle patience to ourselves and have persistence. Given well these feel good.

Palms Open

Palms down is what we do to work. Palms in is when we stand at attention. Together we hold our palms open and relax.

How we hold ourselves shapes how we feel. If we hold ourselves tight and tense, we are tense. If we hold ourselves open and relaxed, we relax. We start with our palms.

No Lines

We often place ourselves square to the room around us — as if we were furniture. And without thinking about it, we follow the walls as we move. But we’re not furniture.

We see ourselves like stick figures with straight lines and crisp angles. But we’re not stick figures.

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