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Unwind Your Spine

Published about 1 month ago • 1 min read

"When One teaches, Two learn." ~ Robert Heinlein

This sentiment perfectly encapsulates one of the most rewarding aspects of my job – the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my students. Creatively designing routines that are as easy to understand as they are effective is an infinite source of inspiration and delight. Each person has their own unique set of needs, background, and physical abilities, and often a solution that I've created for one will show up in different ways throughout the classes I teach that week.

That happened this week.

Over the weekend, I worked with someone who was experiencing a loss of connection to his feet. Even after we'd unwound the tightness in his lower legs, he eloquently described a sense of confusion that continued up the chain to his pelvis and lower back. "It feels like I've been standing all wrong this entire time," he said. "My hips don't know what to do with all of these options."

I wasn't able to work with him again in person as he lives out of state, but my mind kept on working, trying to find solutions that could be applied from a distance.

Then in my Galileo group class on Thursday, the solution appeared.

The students had a diverse set of requests: decompressing the occiput, balancing the hips, and restoring mobility to the upper back. One student had an ongoing struggle with vertigo, and another, a shoulder injury. So I put together an opening sequence for class that incorporated a technique to balance the pelvis with some broader exercises designed to integrate the spine with the extremities, connecting the arms and legs to the core and using simple movements to draw everything back into alignment.

This meditative, powerful routine, which I've included below, is a wonderful way to reset your body and work out the kinks.

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In the spirit of continued learning and growth, I'm excited to share that my live classes page has been updated with new offerings! I've designed three immersive class series' to help you explore, learn, and refine your practice:

• A Gyrotonic class series on the Ultima XS focused on Progression 7. This series will dive deep into the intricacies of this advanced progression, helping you master the exercises and learn creative new approaches to the material.

• A 4-class series on the LifePro, designed to help you maximize the potential of this affordable vibration plate. We'll explore a range of exercises and sequences that will challenge and inspire you.

• A 3-class series that shares my favorite cues and modifications using simple props. This series is perfect for those looking to expand their teaching repertoire or re-invent their home practice.

I hope to see you in one of these classes soon, where we can continue to learn and grow together.

Happy Sunday Reader

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