- Esalen Workshop ATM Notes, 1972 Lesson #3
This “coordinating flexors and extensors” lesson includes variations of see-saw breathing both with the knees to the side, and with the arm triangle to the side, taking the arm triangle to the side with combinations of legs standing/long, as well as lifting the head with interlaced hands, and variations of eyes and head differentiations.
On your back
- Basic move: Bend your knees, stand feet, cross R leg over L. Tilt R and return.
- Seesaw Breathing: Bend your knees, stand feet, cross R leg over L. Tilt R. Stay there. Draw in your abdomen and then push it down. Repeat. Do SeeSaw breathing. First slowly, then rapidly.
- Rest on back.
- Repeat steps 1-3 on the other side. Rest on back.
- Tilt Arms to the R: Bend your knees, stand feet. Triangle arms.
- Tilt triangle to the R and back.
- Let R leg be long and see if it is easier to tilt R and bring arms to the floor
- Bend both knees again, tilt R and see if it is easier
- Rest on back
- Compare sides: Do basic move to R and L and compare.
- Tilt Arms to the L with seesaw breathing
- Lift Head and differentiate eyes: Bend your knees, stand feet, cross R leg over L. Tilt L. Interlace fingers and place behind the head.
- Lift head straight forward
- Notice the movement of the eyes.
- When you lift your head, look down toward your feet. When you lower your head look down toward your hairline.
- When you lift your head, look up. When you lower your head look down toward feet.
- Habitual way: Do with the R eye only. Then with L eye only. Then both
- Non habitual way: Do with the R eye only. Then with L eye only. Then both
- Do seesaw breathing
- While Tilting and differentiate eyes: Cross L leg over R. Tilt L. Let body, head, and eyes move together.
- Repeat but turns eyes to the right as tilt to the L.
- Repeat but turn eyes and head in the opposite direction of the legs.
- Repeat but turns eyes to the R as tilt to the L.
- Repeat step 9 but to the other side.
- Bend knees stand feet. Tilt both knees to R as the head goes to the L and the other way around. Slowly increase speed. Make it easy. Then let head and knees go in the same direction.
- Repeat basic move and see if it is different than the start.
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