Ideas

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. How I teach and what I teach 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.

Ease

Discomfort gets in the way. We move less well.

First I ask: “What hurts?” and “What feels good?” We move, do something, to ease discomfort, lessen it taking us from moving better.

One Thing

We allow ourselves so many distractions. We interrupt ourselves so often. Working together and practicing we enjoy giving ourselves to doing just one thing.

Feel

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

We move to feel into ourselves. 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 our lives. We move as a part of how we mend ourselves.

Kind

This is the center. I enjoy working with you. I give all my focus together to you, how you move, and how you feel. With each move I think about what is kind: often slow, always gentle, and sometimes bold.

Blind

We follow how we feel not how we look. I guide you to feel. This is inward.

Sway

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

Touch

You can feel what you cannot see. Touch guides us. Touch works.

Yoga trains awareness of ourselves, proprioception. Sedentary and repetitive life focused outward takes us away from feeling ourselves. With touch as we move we practise better feeling ourselves.

Light touch helps us feel ourselves move. Firm touch guides us to feel deeper and relax. Deep touch, a hold, gives stability and an anchor, and feeling ourselves whole all together.

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 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 differences.

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.

I guide you to feel how it is good for us to move.

Begin Anew

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

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