The interest in “grounding” that had been expressed by the group last Sunday remained with me after last week’s lesson. We had done a lesson called “Inverted Hands in Clapping” that focused on the availability of the upper ribs and neck to afford more freedom to the movement of the shoulders and arms. It might be entirely logical to think about grounding as something that happens bottom-up, but since we are one connected system, it’s just as relevant to approach grounding from the top down, which is why I decided to go back to basics by revisiting something I had taught earlier last year: “Sliding hands and knees in sidelying”.
It’s one of those classic lessons that proves the practical value of “laziness” and “using less effort”, so as to create a quieter overall experience where one can be in better tune with the quiet and present symphony of details that reveal more efficient and pleasurable movement pathways. Just by going slower and using minimal effort, one realises that to just slide one’s hand forwards and backwards can be done:
a) from just the sliding of the shoulder blade over the still ribs of the chest,
b) by rolling the chest and head together with the hand,
c) by closing and opening the shoulder joint on which one is lying,
d) by keeping the head more stationery, which invites another movement of the chin relative to the neck,
e) from allowing a region of your spine to twist,
f) from not twisting, which means that the hips joints, pelvis, and legs become involved,
And that was just 1/10 of the lesson!