• Advanced Training Jeremy Krauss Fall 2011
  • Notes by students in attendance (Lynette Reid, with the collaboration of Ann Devine-King and Debra Wanner, and Marian Jarina).
  • Posted with permission of Jeremy Krauss; all errors in transcription and interpretation belong, however, to the note-takers!


Continuing from Krauss Fall 2011 ATM 1A, to do more with variations of lengthening and shortening the extended leg, while clarifying the bottom hip joint and recruiting it for a strong extension of the spine to lift the head.

Lesson Outline

  1. Start with checking: lying face up, knees bent, and reaching across the chest to the side (as we ended yesterday).
  2. Lie on R side. Repeat the general idea of rolling back off the shoulder blade and trying variations of the head rolling/turning. Slowly focus on taking head backwards (looking froward) to come off shoulder. Stay with the weight back off the shoulder blade, and slide the R arm up, keeping your eyes on your right hand. This gives a little something in the upper back.
  3. Move into this position, and then place the top leg lengthened, forward/down, resting the foot on the floor: lengthen this leg and return it. Try different heights/directions. Maybe it helps to lift the head a little as you lengthen the leg. It’s not rolling onto the stomach.
  4. Move into the same position, and then straighten bottom leg as well. Lengthen and shorten top leg.
  5. Other side.
  6. Face up, legs bent feet standing. Take R hip joint backwards into the floor. Does the R foot lighten? Lift the R foot from the floor--just break contact. Slowly develop to lift higher. Which direction does the knee go?
  7. Other side.
  8. 6 again, but with L arm across chest to reach R. When you take your R hip backwards into the floor, lift R foot, reach across with your L arm to the R. How does this help? Where does R knee go?
  9. Same idea, but with R arm lying on floor, somewhat upwards. R hip backwards, reach directly R with L arm. How does head turn to help? On axis, then slide to look towards hand. And where does knee go? Pushing back with your R hip joint as though you’re pushing it towards your L shoulder, L shoulder towards R hip. Stay in the end position, not on side and not on back, and lift and drop L foot. Repeat whole movement, and feel how much more clearly L foot supports what you do with your head.
  10. Other side. But do the last two steps without pause in between..
  11. Lie on R side, coming back to the usual configuration. As you slide the leg forward, backward, pay attention to the bottom hip joint, and notice that coming forward brings the weight off the bottom hip joint so that the R leg turns, the hip joint becomes free. Tighten R buttock and lift head at end, feel this through the spine, to look over bottom shoulder. Not rolling onto stomach. Pull with L hip joint to return. Try different angles..
  12. Other side.
  13. Face up, knees bent, feet standing. Lift one side of pelvis and push other into floor. Vice versa. Feel how easily pelvis turns around hip joints now.
  14. Feel in particular how you lie on the floor now, and in walking, how you turn around yourself.

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