Welcome to the Wholeness in Motion Exploritorium Space
In this space you will find a sequence of video 'lessons'. I think of them more like seeds of information that you can use to explore your wholeness, your voice, your body and being. Exploring the material by applying it, testing it out, is the way for you to determine what is useful and makes sense for you in your life.
While there is a suggested sequence, please feel free to move thru the videos has you are drawn. Going back to a video several times or pausing the video to work with an activity can help you engage in the work.
Please meet the material with ease. Don't do anything if it hurts or feels unsafe. You are in charge of how to engage with the movement and ideas presented.
There are three parts to this series taken from a longer workshop; The first introduces several key themes of balance:
Taking care of yourself as you explore
Adapting material to your capability
Sensations - like strain and ease as guiding information
The feeling of being and out of balance or the 'center of support
The second looks at shape changing as a crucial part of understanding balance.:
Introduces following what feels good to you, 'luxuriating' as a useful tool for learning to listen to your body and keep yourself free and healthy based on sensations not intellect.
Invites you to describe the relationship of your parts in different shapes as a toll for understanding and exploring your stature. This is an alternative to alignment work.
The Third section explores the dynamic demands of life:
Staring with a way to play with your state of being through changes in movement and sound.
How doing tasks, or activities like sports or making music tends to organize us for power and full stature. How we can harness that to get at the goals of alignment and posture without the stiffening side effects.
Gravity -- You in the World
This lesson looks at understanding the primary relationship between you and the planet. How you understand gravity impacts how you stand, move, relate to your instrument. This exploration is a foundation for moving, singing, and playing with ease.
I offer two videos on the topic. The first is a five minutes, giving you s few ways to explore the territory. The second is a 12 minutes. It was made as part of a sequence so it refers to another video on the Suspension System. It stand alone for the context of this lab.
Know Thy Self or The Power of Maps
Have you have followed your GPS system and ended up in the wrong place, only to discover you'd put in the wrong address or forgotten a crucial piece of information. Maps, no matter how beautiful, are useless if they are different than the territory they are describing. This is true for your system. Many of us have an inaccurate idea of our own body. Wherever there is a conflict between your idea of how you work and anatomical reality, there will be strain or discomfort. One of the most powerful pieces of information you can have to set yourself up to play with ease and power, to prevent injury and to heal injury is to have an accurate map of your body. The following video takes you through a sequence of movements to help you feel and understand your system. Doing this often and over time supports you to develop an accurate body-map.
Pre-sprung Elastic Suspension System Model - From Alignment to Aliveness
This video takes your through an alternative model for understanding how we are designed to move with freedom and power. What gives us our shape, our mobility our stability? This model support freedom and flexibility as well as verticality or alignment.
Wholeness in motion • Babette Lightner
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