There are a lot of precursors to being able to load into the ground effectively, especially when it comes to rolling patterns and floorwork.
The predominant message always seems to be learning to surrender your weight into the ground a little deeper. Naturally, our tendency is to push against the pull of gravity, and while pushing has its place, it’s only as strong as our ability to surrender and relax ourselves into the pull of gravity.
Working with simplified subtle movement patterns around a specific position is a great way to begin to learn how to give your weight over to gravity, and begin to allow yourself to sink deeper into it, to melt into its support. This simple rocking drill in the fetal position offered so much feedback for where I was gripping and resisting rather than releasing and surrendering. It informed the next layers and variations in the subsequent patterns on a whole new level, and I walked away from my ground practice feeling so nourished and wonderfully light, as though I’d just stepped off a massage table.
Starting September 16th, I’m teaching a 4 week class series through @liberatedmovement called Dance Release 101. They will take place on Sundays 9/16, 9/21, 9/30, and 10/7 from 12:30-1:30pm. These classes are tailored to an introductory level of dance technique and exploration, but are well suited to anyone looking to curate a new relationship with their bodies and moving through space. Using the mediums of breathwork, release technique, rolling, and much more, we will be opening up a whole new perspective for how our bodies communicate with us, how to be open to that communication, and finally, how to use it in harnessing a deeper ability to let go and find freedom in movement.
Registration is limited to 15 spots only, and we are already 1/3 full! Sign up now by emailing email@example.com and following subsequent steps to complete the $40 workshop payment. Your spot will be confirmed once you have submitted payment!
In the meantime, come by and take my standing Contemporary Workshop classes from 2:30-4pm every Sunday at Liberated Movement! Classes are open to all levels and are $10 min donation!