- Alexander Yanai Vol. 2 #96
- Reel 7, Track 4, Lesson 3
- This is a Sphinx lesson done prone resting on elbows and forearms, sinking the thoracic between the shoulders, causing the scapulas to slide along the ribs. There are several movements done explicitly to help increase the ability of the student to move their shoulder blades.
- Begin in Sphinx position, legs apart, and sink spine between shoulders.
- Rest forehead on left hand, slide right arm above until elbow is just bent. Lift only the elbow so slowly.
- Continue and lift elbow and later wrist and later finger too. Same on other side
- Slide right arm long again overhead, this time make a fist with thumb up, lift whole arm and hand together, then do it in imagination. Imagine raising arm so high and then so fast and hard slamming it to the floor.
- Same on other side. Note how scapulas slide easier, how sink further or easier.
- In Sphinx position, keep head and left shoulder immobile, and bring on the right shoulder forward and back, sliding the scapula, then go faster and smaller. And same on the other side.
- Lean on hands out in front of you, elbows straight, turn head to left, right ear toward the floor, and sink spine between shoulders.
- Lie completely still and feel in every part of your body the changes made.
Focus of Moshe’s Teaching
- Moshe discusses how quickly and easily something can be made better, and how there is no limit to the improvements we can make “where intelligence is involved.”
- He notes how such drastic changes in such a short time illuminate the lack of mobility or organization in the chest and shoulders.
- Amherst 1 – Week 6 – 07/17/80 Mobility of head – body tonus, part 1 and 2
- AY050 Lowering the head
- MM08 The Seventh Cervical
Lifting the elbow before the hand from the floor:
Sinking spine between shoulder blades:
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