Among the classic Awareness Through Movement® lessons that Moshe Feldenkrais created, there’s one often referred to as ROLLING FISTS and another that’s known as ERROL FLYNN. Both of these well-known classes, which are part of many teacher’s repertoires, are done with your straight arms outstretched, side to side, and your hands gently closed in fists while lying on your back, sitting, and on one knee.
Well, at least that’s how I thought of them until I encountered the versions found in the Alexander Yanai volumes. There you’ll find three ingenious related lessons that are all done while standing:
- AY 271 EXTENDING THE ARMS FORWARD 1
- AY 272 TURNING THE BACK WITH CLOSED FISTS (CONTINUATION)
- AY 273 BENDING(S) WITH CLOSED FISTS 3
This past week I was reminded of these incredible lessons when we revisited them in the An AY a Day study group.
More than once, I felt as if Moshe, the consummate Judo master, was reaching out to pin me in what I can only call a constructive and informative manner. Instead of making me feel incapacitated, like what would happen in unarmed combat, each move did the exact opposite by divulging new abilities.
The constraints created by instructions — the odd positions and the gentle, precise actions explored in these places — closed off the avenues I habitually and unwittingly take. At the same time, they progressively revealed, step by careful step, the marvelous mobility and flexibility inherent in my spine and chest. With each lesson, I felt increasingly reawakened, refreshed, and renewed.
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