Theme Standing

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Standing lessons on Feldy Notebook:


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Moshe quotes about standing:

  • In discussing a movement of standing on one leg, having the other leg back and resting on the toes, while lifting the arm of the standing leg to the ceiling, he says “If you look at someone doing this while standing, you will see what happenens at the exact moment he raises the arm. It always turns out that this brings the head higher up and the pelvis, spine, and hips backwards. The head moves in front of the body. In other words, it makes standing as it should always be…” and “…in addition to this, what is important is that, when looking from the side, you can see a particular place — the place where the spine and vertebrae support the head. At that place, the shoulder, the head, and the ankle — all are in one straight line. If they are not like this, the body is not standing. The skeleton is not standing. That means the muscles need to do something. Only this position is standing and that is what we would like to acquire…” (AY 242 p. 1670)
  • AY 235 (Shaking in the heels): “Now, pay attention, we said that pushing the knees backward is an extreme situation that can be done, but it does not serve in walking or in standing. [It happens] only with people whose pelvises and heads are not organized. With the rest, oif [you] look at the structure of the thigh bone — it can be seen that it stands on the surface of the knee only when there isn’t a 180-degree [angle] at the back of the knee. Behind, it is as if a small bend — it seems like a slight bend when standing — but if [you] look at the skeleton [you] will see that the bone really stands only in this position. That means there is an opening in the hip joint. When the knees [are completely straight] behind — that is disordered standing. This does not mean the knees should be bent until there is an opening in the front [of the hip]. [You]need to feel the place where the leg stands, where the thigh bone stands on the knee, and where it can stand able to move with equal ease in all directions.” (p. 1615)

Alexander Yanai lesson (from Feldyforum post by Peggi Honig on 2 Oct 2014):
(… here is the list I have at the moment of AY lessons in standing. Some of the lessons require a chair to lean on but there are many lessons here.
In addition, you will notice that the lessons don’t appear to be in order. As I learned from Jerry Karzen, Anat found the lessons in a pile, reconstructing the damage after Moshe’s apartment had been broken into. She simply did the best she could in putting the lessons in some order, but you will find that there is a real hunt and seek for continuity of many lessons. Hope this helps. Personally I LOVE Fresh Standing and the series of lessons using a chair to lean on if need be!)

  • AY#78 Standing
  • AY#88 Circling head in standing
  • AY#138 Walking on the heels
  • AY#147 Standing up from the chair with crossed legs
  • AY# 159 Standing on one leg
  • AY#234 Standing backward, pt 1
  • AY#235 Standing (Shaking in the heels)
  • AY#238 Standing backward, pt 2
  • AY#243 Walking
  • AY#267 Bending on one knee behind a chair
  • AY#274 Introduction to walking 1
  • AY#275 Introduction to waling, 2, continuation
  • AY# 281 Basis of hopping (1) – this lesson has you in standing and also on your back (LOB)
  • AY# 282 Basis of hopping, continuation (2) – also in goes between standing and LOB
  • AY#289 Standing on one leg with movements
  • AY#290 Standing on one leg with a hop
  • AY#291 Standing on one leg with movements to the sides
  • AY#300 In standing, turning the heels outside
  • AY 317: Touching the floor in standing
  • AY 319 Continuation, the head on the upper arm
  • AY#354 Walking backward
  • AY#355 Bending knees – chair (you stand behind a chair in this lesson also and rest sitting down)
  • AY#356 Bending knees with toes lifted (also standing behind a chair for support)
  • AY#424 Bending behind a chair
  • AY#443 Walking backward
  • AY#484 In standing, turning with the eyes
  • AY#486 Holding the chair and hopping
  • AY#487 Next to a chair, statue standing
  • AY#488 To statue standing
  • AY#501 Introduction to walking
  • AY#539 Fresh Standing



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