Classic 60's with a little floor remix thrown in

I wanted to just go through a lot of the basics of class, but once we got to the floor, we took a few detours. 

Unlock and Mobilize

Beginning with a DIY version of MELT techniques to release stuck gunk around the upper back, and continuing on to a thorough, gentle class that focused on traction and small movements to free up movement chains. 

Consider that the back channels of the body come from the cosmos and extend down your spine, mixing with earth energy at the seed center... releasing unneeded energy/emotions through your grounding cord, and then drawing up the combination of Earth and Sky that makes you through your energy centers. 

 

This flow, combined with opening meditation, is a physical expression of that truth, designed to open the back channels in an effort to support the front expression. 

A combo class, starting with joint mobilizations and exploring them in a variety of environments.

A hybrid of breathwork and some  floor sequence.

So this is how I've been doing things for a while: I begin exploring a concept on Monday, work it on the mat on Tuesday, develop a bunch of material by Thursday, try my favorite bits in Thursday night group class, and on Friday or Saturday, I condense it down to 5-10 minutes and turn that in to my blog. 

This week kicked all ass. Literally.

I created this class a month or two ago, as the experimenting with stability balls began. It explores every family. Enjoy!

I've been playing with "dissociative movements", and have found some fun feedback tools in the balls. So...

Some of us got together this past weekend and had a fun immersion. By request, I recorded some of the sequences we played with. Group consensus is that the balls rock, and I'll be putting out more and more material on them I suspect. 

Connectivity in Mexico isn't the greatest, so I have yet to successfully upload the 1/2 hour homework sequence, but here are a bunch of 15 minute segments to get you all started. 

Here's to more playdates in the future!

 

I began class with some of the traction based exercises that usually follow the initial families of Arch/Curl, Hamstrings, etc, which allowed us to experience them quite differently by the end of class.

 I had been thinking about the concept of joints " orbiting" around each other in preparation for this week's blog, and it turned in to this class. 

This is a great one to unwind, it's a thorough workout but gentle in approach. I included a lot of leg alignment cues in the " straps" section that may prove helpful if you are working with people who are challenged in that category  ( everyone). 

 

Having hip/knee issues? Having clients with hip/knee issues?

Here are a bunch of tools to help unpack them.

I've been playing with a yoga practice on the exercise ball for about 3 weeks now. 

It's an amazing too. Intelligent, responsive, and under $20. The perfect tool for a home

practice . 

It was only a matter of time before I brought it in to Gyro-land. 

 

Enjoy!

 

As per Maggie's request, 1 hour on the floor. 

And then we played with some additional exercises. 

If you have an archway, propellor, or JSB, enjoy the review/different approach!

This class was our " post Foundation Training Celebration" class, where we gave our bodies the release they needed. 

It's a " best of" of my approaches to support the body in it's unwinding, using the straps as a constant " hands on" assist, my own approach to releasing the upper thighs in hamstrings, and a number of gentle applications of lesser known exercises in the system. 

You can break it up in parts when you are teaching, nearly any family here could be used as a closing, or a therapeutic exercise within a regular session if you wanted to " un gum" an area. 

Remember that when you are working with the connective tissue body, you want to move slowly and consistently. Dynamic force isn't going to have the same effect. 

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Again, born out of discussions within our teacher training, I offer you a basic sequence to unwind the upper body. 

You will need a stool and some 1, 2 or 3 lb weights.

The first sequence can be taught on it's own as a prep ( I recommend that you approach it this way). Do 8-10 reps of each ( build up to this, better to do 4 each for people than to blow your wad on the first exercise) and then end with the first exercise, or take it against the wall and end there. 

Once you have built up the strength, progress to the second sequence ( all on the same video) that uses the arms to engage the entire spine. 

Extra bonus - this thing is GREAT for your psoas, untangling it's origins around the diaphragm.

I was teaching a foundation training for the past 3 weeks, and it brought up some great movement dialogues. One of them was about how to introduce the system to an athletic person who still needs to grasp the concepts but wants a workout from the start. 

Here's the class I built to show them some of my best " newbie moves".

 

Please, feel free to borrow.

I thought I'd focus on how we use various sections of our spine, and how they connect to our limbs.