- Alexander Yanai Vol 3 #122
- Reel 9, Track 3, Lesson 1
- This short video is a visual reminder of AY 122. Someone else might interpret the movement you see with the words in a different manner. The words written sometimes are verbatim, sometimes close to verbatim and sometimes my interpretation of the words that are written by Moshé Feldenkrais. — Ute Müller
- This outline is intended for public class with new students. It contains the same basic movements as Moshe’s script, but it’s an an abbreviated version that excludes a number of steps toward the end of the lesson.
- I call this the “Baby Liv” lesson, after a video of an adorable baby doing a similar sequence. Thanks to Liv and to Irene Lyon. Find the video here:
- Caution students that this is a lot of rolling, so could cause dizziness. Solution: Go slowly and take care to lift head during the roll. Also takes lots of space.
- 1. Supine, scan.– Stand R foot. Extend L arm and leg.
– Push with R foot to roll pelvis L.
– Join pelvis with lift R shoulder, moving the two points together.
– “The whole body will roll on the axis of lying.”
2. Other side. Stand L foot. Extend R arm and leg.
3. Prone. Both arms extended on floor above head. Legs long.
– Lift R hip from the floor. Roll pelvis a bit to L.
– Let R knee bend out to side and slide lightly along floor.
– Roll further to L and let R elbow bend also.
– Bend both R knee and R elbow closer to each other, but no more than just necessary to roll.
– Reverse, to return to belly. Repeat.
4. Other side, as (3).
5. Supine. Fold all four limbs. Bend knees and elbows; raise feet and hands; hands soft fists by mouth. Lift head.
– Roll to R side by extending R arm and R leg, rolling along axis.
– R arm and leg end up straight when you’re on your side.
– Reverse onto back, repeat.
6. Other side, as (5).
7. As (5). Supine. Fold all four limbs. Bend knees and elbows; raise feet and hands; hands soft fists by mouth. Lift head.
– Roll to R, but this time roll through onto stomach, with head and limbs lifted.
– Modulate rolling so it’s not a fall.
– All limbs long. Push belly onto floor.
– Feel difference between lifting head when on stomach, and not. Moshe says if you don’t lift the head, “the whole body suddenly relaxes and you lie like a towel on the floor.”
– Lift L hip to come back to supine.
8. Other side, as (7).
– Roll to L side, then through to stomach. Head lifted when on stomach.
– Return to supine by lifting R hip.
9. Supine, fold L limbs. R leg and arm extended. Start on back and finish on back.
– Roll to R, through stomach, onto back, stop there with all limbs folded.
– Reverse back using L side, extending L leg and arm.
10. As (9), but keep rolling R as far as space permits (not reverse by using L).
– Stop when run out of space. Now keep rolling L, back the way you came.
~~Anita Schnee, 7.12.18
Focus of Moshe’s Teaching
- Indicate focus or key principles that are made explicit in the teaching
- Amherst 1 – Week 3 – 06/26/80 – Stability experience
- Amherst 2 – Week 2 – 06/18/81 am Three Ways to Roll From Lying to Sitting / Three or More Ways to Roll
- AY130 Rolling with tapping the arms and legs
- AY134 Rolling in a bridge with the hands on the ankles
- SF2 – Week 03 – 29 June 1976: Rolling, Holding the Feet from the Inside
- Toronto 1980 – DAY5-3 – Baby rolls
Share Your Insights (ideas, principles, strategies, experiences, …)
- Relationship in space between one elbow and one knee opening and closing.– What happens when you fold on one side, extend on the other, and roll toward the extended side.– Expand perception of rounded sense of self, between the action of agonist on folded side (active working of muscle) and antagonist (relaxed muscles lengthening to permit folding on other side) on extended side.Also, improve the transmission of movement between extended side and folded side.
– Integrated and harmonious movement: Initiate the movement and search for ways that the whole self can carry through, and facilitate, the trajectory of the initial impetus. ~~Anita Schnee, 7.12.18
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