Twist to the left in side-sitting (part 2)

In side-sitting, the left leg is bent in front of you, the right leg bent behind. After a review of the previous lesson, you lean on both hands to the left and go through many differentiations of the eyes, neck and shoulders. This is then repeated in lying supine on the back, in imagination.

This lesson is based on the previous lesson but focuses even more on the differentiation of the eyes, neck, and shoulders. You will find almost incredible progress in how well you sit on your left and right ischium, despite not having worked on your hip joints and knees. The attempt to separate the eye movements from the head movements into opposite directions is such an unfamiliar pattern that this must change the old, familiar, established pattern. In other words, the corresponding structures of the nervous system will get freed from their compulsive, habitual patterns. This change will produce a new feeling of lightness, and freedom for the head to turn.

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1

Seated in a side-sitting position, with your left leg bent in front of your pelvis, your shoulders parallel to a wall in front of you, your right leg bent backwards. Your right hand in front of your face, look at your hand, the elbow hanging and wrist relaxed, eyes closed.

Reference movement

Turn left, find the reference point

With eyes closed, slowly and gently turn to the left. Then look how far you went.

  • Don't turn at once, but ease into it. Don't force yourself to turn left, but make small movements. Do this many times.

    Stop where it starts to be difficult. Mark that point in front of your nose for future reference.

Reference movement

Turn left, find the reference point

With eyes closed, slowly and gently turn to the left. Then look how far you went.

2

Seated twist to the left, at the reference point. Both hands on the floor next to the left upper thigh.

Lift and lower your head

Bring your ribs closer to, and further apart from each other, allow your pelvis to move.

  • As in the previous lesson, let your right ischium come further away and closer to the floor while you lift and lower your head. Retract and protrude your belly.

    Let your ribs, and any part other part of you participate as needed.

    Have both hands on the floor, or as much as it is comfortable.

Lift and lower your head

Bring your ribs closer to, and further apart from each other, allow your pelvis to move.

3

Seated twist to the left, at the reference point. Both hands on the floor next to the left upper thigh.

Continuation

Lift and lower your head, be long

While you lift your head do not throw it backwards, thus shortening the spine. Instead think of being long.

  • Finding length is a key concept of this lesson. It's not so much the eyes that need to go up, it's the spine that needs to move.

    We need to know when we shorten, and what it means to find length, on all sides: front, back, and both sides.

Continuation

Lift and lower your head, be long

While you lift your head do not throw it backwards, thus shortening the spine. Instead think of being long.

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