• 5 cardinal lines, with specific clarification of the location of the hip joints and skull/C7/shoulders while maintaining idea of direction of spine; increase ability to use leg without disturbance of contact with floor (maintaining the fundamental lines). Face up, sitting, and side-lying.

Lesson Outline

  • First establishing idea of clarity of face in self-image; then contrasts lack of clarity in sacrum and hip joints.
    Lie, and lift head: what is present in the length of the spine that wasn’t befole?
  • Sitting, legs long, arms held up along the length of the legs. Lower and lift head, to find some part of the spine you didn’t feel before doing that.
  • Find the location of the hip joint from behind, and lift each leg, taking it here and there and turning it in and out, to find the location of the hip joint. (15 cm above the floor.)
  • Face up, feet standing. Renew five lines, width of hip joints and shoulder joints, pure direction of arms and legs, and lift each leg so that you don’t disturb the contact with the floor.
  • Lie on R side. Renew the lines. Take chin forwards to feel somewhere new in the spine. Take chin in, and feel relation to large bone at base of neck.
  • Turn head and shoulder to the L, together. Then turn head towards shoulder and shoulder towards head. Then take both back, stay, and take them opposite, gradually working your way back.
  • Rest on back.
  • Other side. (Skipping the first step of taking the chin forwards and pulling it in.)
  • Face up, renew lines: lift R leg, bending ankles too. Keep in air and lengthen, slowly, keeping ankle bent (as though to kick with the heel). Slowly, keeping lines and widths in mind (hip joint location at back of pelvis), you can do this without shifting weight on the floor.
  • Other leg.
  • Sit again, and renew the lines. More clear? Take elbows back and forward (sense base of neck), lift each leg and move it around.

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  • This is a great lesson for experimentation with in FI.
    • With the person lying face up, knees bent, lift each leg and observe how the person responds to this in their trunk, breathing, perhaps even head/neck relationship.
    • Work through the ideas: exploring cardinal movements of the hip joint and light compression into the hip joint; generating for the student the ideas of lengthening/compressing as appropriate the spine and each leg/arm thinking about the five cardinal lines and the idea of their direction; keeping yourself as the practitioner thinking about these five cardinal lines and the idea of their direction in mind as you communicate everything in the lesson; lifting the head while feeling what part of the spine comes into focus for you/the student that was not there before; on side, checking the relationship of the vertebra at the base of the neck and movements of the head and of drawing the arm to reach forward; then the differentiation of shoulder/neck/head as in the side-lying portion of this lesson.
    • Return to the initial reference–remarkable how quiet the student’s trunk now remains as you lift them by the leg.
    • Integration in sitting can be similar to the lesson–how do they maintain height/grow taller in sitting as you lift and move their leg, or as you draw their arm forward by the elbow. LynetteReid LynetteReid Aug 14, 2013
    • Note about compressing/lengthening–the idea of course is opening space along an appropriate line of force, and taking up force along an appropriate line as though in gravity, to grow taller (not really to compress or get shorter). Neither the language of “pushing/pulling” nor of “compressing” communicates that very well. LynetteReid LynetteReid Aug 14, 2013
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