Lesson Outline

  1. Walk in a circle one way, then the other way. Walk slowly. Walk normally.
  2. As you walk slowly, pay attention to your arms, to your hands. What is the connection between the arms and  the legs.
  3. When the R arm goes forward, where is the R leg? Intentionally, move the R arm forward with the R leg. Then intentionally, move the L arm forward with the L leg as “as if there is something that ties them together ” Go slowly. Breathe freely.
    • “Pay attention to what you now do that you usually do not do when walking”
    • “It is impossible to learn if you do it quickly.  You cannot learn if you do it quickly.  You can walk quickly though and not learn.  To learn to walk, you do slowly.  It took each one of us years until we learned how to walk.  It is the same thing to make changes.  You must do it slowly.”
    • Pay attention to your pelvis.
    • What else do you feel?
    • “If everything turns, why doesn’t the head turn?  The head does not turn.”
    • Pay attention to the shoulders. Pay attention to the legs.
    • Do you do the same on both sides?
    1. Do the same, but now turn your shoulders
  4. Walk normally and see if it feels differently.
  5. Repeat homolateral walking as in #3 with turning the shoulders. Pay attention to your feet.
    1. Walk normally. Don’t move the arms.
    2. Walk as in #3 (homolaterally). When one arm goes forward, the other remains behind. “When one is forward, the other needs to be backward. “
    3. Now continue walking (homolaterally), but pay attention to when the arm is going backwards. It is the same movement, you are just paying attention to the backward movement of the arm.
  6. Walk normally. Did something change?
  7. Walk. Pay attention to when the R hip goes backwards. What do yo do to do this? “Is it possible to organize such that you just walk with the hip backward . . . just this movement in every movement . . . the right hip backward . . . with every movement? ”
    1. Do the same, but move the R hip forward (forward in the direction of the walking). “If you do the movement of the hip forward, you must take the leg forward.  If you do it as two movements, then one has nothing to do with the other.  What is the problem of taking the hip forward? ” What are you doing with your arms?
    2. Now take the other hip backwards.
  8. Walk normally. Is it different than before. Do the arms go with the same leg or opposite.
  9. Walk contralaterally, i.e. When R leg goes forward, the L arm goes forward.
    1. Continue to walk (contralaterally) and take the left hip backwards. Go slowly. “during every movement, when the left leg goes forward, take the left hip backward.  Slowly organize it such that it will become a normal walk.”
    2. Continue as above, but now take the left hip forward
    3. Alternate. Do two movements with the left hip moving backward and then two movements with the left hip moving forward. What do you do with your arms?
    4. Walk and with each step take each hip backwards. What do the arms do?
    5. Walk and with each step take each hip forward – the hip forward and afterward the leg. What do the arms do?
  10. Walk simply. Is it different?
  11. Walk and with every movement protrude the chin forward (not up). How does this change the rest of the body.
    1. Do 11, but with each movement of the chin forward, take the hip backward. “You must bend the body.  You must bend the back.  You must round the back.  If you do not do it, then it does not work.  Walking does not work. “
    2. Do 11a and in addition with every movement, bend the head to the right (take the R ear to the R shoulder). How does this change the movement.
    3. Walk and every time you stand on the right foot, bring the head to the right. Continue to walk. Now also bring right hip forward.
    4. Now take the R ear backwards as you walk.
    5. Continue to walk like this and take the R arm with the R leg forward; L arm with the L leg forward.
  12. Walk simply, normally.

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