• Amherst Year 1
  • June 18, PM2; June 19 PM2; June 23 PM1, P2; June 24, AM1
  • DVD 6-7-8; VHS 17, 20-21


  • This series of lessons in working on four

Lesson Outline

  • June 18, PM2:
    • Stand: letting knees bend, reach down to touch floor with R hand (palm). Where? Explore all over. Including between the legs.
    • Then L hand.
    • Then both.
    • Then stay on four points: lift L hand and R leg. Do you put them down in the same place?
    • Then lift both hands.
    • Then both feet. Then alternate: both hands, both feet.
    • Various combinations.
  • June 19 PM2:
    • On four points, like you're harvesting with a scythe--"hold" with one hand and cut with the other.
    • Walk on four points. What order?
    • Much discussion of different ways of crawling, intelligent crawling (vs. educated); use of the flexors and extensors; lifting the head to see where you're going.
  • June 23 PM1
    • Lifting & lowering head while on four points, and the relationship to the back and abdomen.
    • Lifting diagonals and sides; each leg. When you put it down every time, place it in a better place.
    • Lift L foot, and sit to look R, placing L knee through the space between R foot and R hand (R knee, R thigh lies on floor). (Not lifting hands.)
    • [Lots of clarification and precision of directions, getting everyone in line...]
    • Other side. Alternating.
  • June 23 PM2
    • Lift L foot and come to sit, and then lie back. (Have to stagger as they come to lying 90 degrees from where they were facing.)
    • Lift legs, and swing to come up (put hands on the R).
  • June 24 AM1
    • Standing, and rehearse in the mind coming to sit turned to the L, and lying.
    • Then sitting to the L, come up to four points and through to sit to the R. Back and forth. Including to lying (swinging the legs). The feet, the hands don't leave their spots.
    • You can do this barely lifting the pelvis if the neck is free.
    • Then facing the back of the room, and you end up turned 180 degrees, facing the front (L leg crossed in front).
    • Then (after much discussion of power and control of pelvis), go from side to side, lying down, with legs together, sliding the pelvis. (Something about a French skiier.)

Focus of Moshe's Teaching

  • Like your fingerprint, the four points where your hands and feet stand are individual to you--your frame and organization of your muscles. From the right place you can move anywhere quickly.
  • Why we don't work in standing. So much to manage; it does not become elegant quickly.
  • If the pelvis is organized, the limbs organize themselves. Submarine analogy: the teleceptors on the periscope, and the pelvis sunk below the ocean--guiding, giving stability. The periscope floats on top of the spine. Head free: pelvis maximum power.

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  • When I teach this, I find that the more I emphasize finding exactly the right place for your hands and feet, the more people do strange and artificial things. - LynetteReid LynetteReid Mar 3, 2013
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