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Stepping with the Pelvis, After Class Tidbit

February 5, 2010
NOTE: This is not a complete Awareness Through Movement lesson. This is a “reminder” of the shape of the lesson for those who were there.”

Stand evenly on both feet and lift one leg. Make note of how your pelvis moves to accommodate this adjustment in your posture. Bring your knee repeatedly toward your chest, and make several movements to bring your knee closer to the midline of your body, then several to take it further away from the midline of your body. Find out whether your habit is to move your knee toward the midline or further away from it.

Lie on your back, bend your knees and lift one knee toward your chest. Notice what your pelvis does in response to this action. Exaggerate the motion so that you press your pelvis even further in the direction your pelvis wanted to go. Was it more pressing on the low back or more pressing on the sitz bone? Or, did your pelvis remain stationary. See if you can find the smallest glimmer of where your pelvis usually presses when you lift your leg. Then, do the opposite, press your pelvis more in the other direction. Alternate, one time pressing in your habitual manner, the next time in the non-habitual manner.

Stand up again and lift your same knee toward your chest and note if anything is different. Then, systematically, move your pelvis with tailbone tucked under and lift your knee. Alternate that with tailbone tipped out and lift your leg. Find out which strategy gives you the most freedom in the action of lifting and seems smoothest. In addition, how does the motion of lifting your knee remain integrated with your breathing.

Note Bene: This is one step in a long process of learning how to let the pelvis move freely. Freedom in the pelvis means that it is literally hanging in space, and yet fully supported by the legs. When you find that sensation, you will feel like you can float on the air. We will have a few more lessons and explore further details of this process.

Homework: Observe your walking and determine what your usual pattern is for lifting your leg. Do you lift with knee pointed toward midline? Is your knee pointed toward the outside. Do you end up Pigeon-Toed or Duck-Like?

See you in class next Friday . . .

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