SF Quest – The bell hand: soft opening and closing movements of the hand

Source 1981 San Francisco Quest Workshop Synopsis Write a couple of sentences. Lesson Outline Highly condensed outline of key movements Focus of the teaching MF: “Undo it, as if you stopped thinking of the fist…That is the easiest movement we can do. It’s almost like moving the eyelid Close and open, as slowly, as comfortable, […]

AY433 Edges of the feet

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 9 Reel 28, Track 2, Lesson 1 Synopsis This lesson relates the ability to sit cross-legged with the movement of the ankle, lower legs, and hips invoked by lifting the inside and outside of the feet–developing freedom in the neck as the ankle moves through this range of movement. Lesson Outline […]

AY224 Legs pushing the pelvis and rocking the back

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 5 Reel 16, Track 1, Lesson 3 Synopsis Part of the set of lessons relating to “spine like a Chain” or “Jelly Pudding”. In this lesson, rather than exploring ways for moving parts of the spine independently, instead the intent is for all the energy of movement (from the feet) is […]

AY060 On the stomach

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 2 #60 Reel 5, Track 1, Lesson 2 (This reference is identical to the reference of AY064 in the IFF edition.) Synopsis Lying, learn to lift stuff off the floor (shoulder, knee, pelvis etc) without disturbing your breath or stiffening the chest etc. Lesson Outline Highly condensed outline of key movements […]

AY076 Slow lifting; on the stomach

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 2 #76 Reel 6, Track 2, Lesson 5 (according to Eva Laser https://www.somatik.se) Reel 6, Track 2, Lesson 3 (This reference is identical to the reference of AY074 in the IFF edition.) Synopsis Write a couple of sentences. Lesson Outline On stomach, arms extended “in front”. Lift head, smallest possible. What […]

AY027 – Elbows and knees touching

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 1 Reel 3, Track 1, Lesson 1 (according to Eva Laser https://www.somatik.se) Reel 3, Track 1, Lesson 1, Side B (IFF) Duration 41 min. Synopsis A flexor lesson with variations of having hands under or behind the knees (in the crease), hands crossed, face turned, legs together with a forearm under […]

AY135 Legs to the side and lifting them with the hands

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 3 #135 Reel 10, Track 2, Lesson 1 Synopsis 1-3 sentences. Lesson Outline Sit with L leg bent back, R leg bent in front. Lean on R hand behind. Take L foot with L hand and drag forward so L knee comes up, towards armpit. Let leg straighten so knee can […]

AY533 On the stomach face to the knee

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 11 Reel 34, Track 4, Lesson 3 Duration of the recording: 31 minutes Synopsis Face down, looking under the frame of the arm towards the knee, so that the whole spine and pelvis engages and the knee comes towards the face. Varying chin, lips, and forehead towards the knee. Lesson Outline […]

AY534 Supporting the head continuation

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 11 Reel 34, Track 4, Lesson 4 Duration of the recording: 38 minutes Synopsis Face down, rolling the pelvis, and then propping the head on one and eventually both elbows, resting the cheek in the palm of the hand, and turning the head with the eyes together and opposite; eventually to […]

AY077 A Clock

Source Alexander Yanai Vol 2 AY#77 Reel 6, Track 3, Lesson 1 Synopsis This pelvic clock lesson works with the nose and pelvis travelling their clocks, while the legs and arms are placed in various positions. This short video is a visual reminder of AY 77. Someone else might interpret the movement you see with […]