- Coming from lying to sitting by means of holding the knee, leg or foot. This is a pretty ‘gymnastic’ lesson which ends with a brief visit to primary image and using swallowing to influence breathing, which is seen in a number of other ATMs.
- Supine, knees bent, place ankle on the opposite knee and move the bent knee to the the same side, with the face also turning in that direction; also with the face turning in the opposite direction. It is unclear here if the right leg is straight or bent.
- Place one ankle on the opposite knee and drag the heel (of the rested-upon leg) on the floor towards the buttock.
- Repeat, lifting the head with interlaced hands behind the head. Repeat on the other side.
- Repeat, with the hand behind the opposite ear and the other hand on its opposite foot. Move the elbow towards the knee.
- Repeat to the other side.
- Repeat, directing the elbow to the foot or toes.
- With the left ankle on the right knee, bend the right leg in the hip and hold the left knee with the right hand, and move the knee (and hand) away to pull the body to sitting, pushing the left knee to the floor. Repeat to the other side.
- With the left ankle on the right knee, hold the foot and the knee with the respective hands. Swing up to sitting. Repeat to the other side.
- With the foot on the opposite knee, hold with both hands behind the supporting knee, from above the foot. ‘Lift the body to sitting on the side’.Try not to swing, or swing to a minimum.
- Repeat with one hand behind the head, reduce the swing of the leg till it becomes small or unnecessary.
- Rest. Think of the length of the legs. Imagine the body long and light. Breath in the stomach, swallow.
Focus of the teaching
- In addition to the movements, what theme or ideas did the teacher focus on
- Deglutition reflex, using swallowing to impact breathing. A question remains, what is the role on breathing of swallowing, that it was introduced by Dr. Feldenkrais in some of his lessons?
- There are many ATM’s with the concept of rolling to sit. Here are some that have been “tagged” in FeldyNotebook:
- ATM Book 08. Perfecting the Self-Image
- AY003 Rolling to sit with the elbows
- AY223 Rolling from the back to side-sitting
- AY326 Sitting – Lying
- AY417 Preparation for rolling to sitting
- AY429 Ankle and head on the side
- AY442 Ankle on the Knee to Sitting
- AY446 Ideal bending
- AY498 Tilting the leg backward in sitting
- AY531 Continuation
- AY532 Continuation to sitting
- E34 Introduction to rolling
- SF Evening Class Notes (1976) – Rolling to sitting
- SF Evening Class Notes (1976) – Tilting pelvis sitting
- Vancouver – Edmonds Center (6-16 August 1973) – 4. Supine, arms crossed over chest rock
- Vancouver – Edmonds Center (6-16 August 1973) – 5. Short instruction in rolling to sit
- Vancouver – Edmonds Center (6-16 August 1973) – 6. Sitting and Twistings ….Prone to sit … Sit tilt knees side to side
- Vancouver – Edmonds Center (6-16 August 1973) – 7. Elbows/Knees
- Vancouver – Edmonds Center (6-16 August 1973) – 8. Sit, head around shoulder girdle …….jelly pudding pelvis…… Roll onto back
- Vancouver 1973, University of British Columbia (6-15 August 1973) – 13 Aug 73, ATM: Supine, tilt legs, roll side to side, then to sit then to stand
- Additional thoughts:
- Possibly AY3 Rolling to sit with the Elbow; possibly AY249 Knee pulling the Shoulders to Sit Indian Style; possibly AY368 Lifting the head by extending the arms. Possibly also AY429 Ankle and Head on the Side (a ‘5 Winds Kata’ ATM)
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- This lesson throws up lots of questions about understanding and interpreting the lesson instructions. Should the leg be straight or bent? Should one turn to the side, roll to the side, to the front, or not roll or turn at all? (Ben Parsons)
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