Class 2593: Mat Workout

60 min
What You'll Need:
Embodied Classical Mat Flow…with You, Gravity and Ground Reaction Force (GRF)
"I am deeply grateful for my original classical Pilates training with Romana Kryzanowska. What occurred for me, a few years after that training, was a deep noticing that I was over-stabilizing, by “fighting” gravity and controlling my abdominals. By studying with my mentor, Judith Aston, that my movement could be supported by “the waterfall of Gravity - Down the Back,” and Gravity’s partner “Ground Reaction Force (GRF) – Up the Front,” I discovered a more balanced relationship with my whole body - in relationship with gravity and spatial orientation. This new awareness brought up two very potent questions that are at the heart of all great body/mind practices: “what’s just enough effort” for the movement, and “what can I let go of that I don’t need to be doing?” See what you notice as we play and flow with gravity and GRF together!" -Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle
Apr 26, 2016
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Really liked and loved this class! Very nice!
1 year ago

Thank you, Ellen! I would love to know what you enjoyed most about this class...what was valuable for you? xwendy
1 year ago

Hmm good question, try to explain in english as good as possible. I love the theme about gravity and use that for movement. The way you explain it. The use of your visualisations made me really feel the connection with my body/core. Your enthousiasm And the flow in de class. It really made me connect with my core en feel my body in a way I want to feel it. Work with the breath and the gravity. Hard to explain but it felt right So thank you
1 year ago

Thank you so much Wendy. I have never been able to do tree with such ease. The more I pay attention the more I am able to get more of the connections we have to the round, equipment etc, to work with gravity no against it. Been a long time coming. I am trying for the inner ear for the up. Time will help.
1 year ago

What a joy it is to hear from both of you about your experience, Ellen and Lynn! You are so right that when we allow gravity to support us, internal lift happens naturally! Climb a Tree is often a stickler for people because each side of the spine is fighting the other side...rather than working together with breath and gravity...what a difference! xwendy
1 year ago

Great!! Thank you!! I can feel the balanced relationship in my whole body!!! Love it!!
1 year ago

Thank you so much, Ira....I am so happy that this class as helped you to be PRESENT to the brilliance of your biointelligent body, which knows how to re-balance itself, when we learn how to let go of the tension that we hold, by releasing our weight into gravity, which wakes up our natural relationship with UPLIFT, and the world around us!
1 year ago

Thank you Wendy! So nice to have you in my home reminding me to use gravity and that every movement is a whole body movement. Your reminder to let go so the movement is stronger and more focused allows me to do the movements freely, without gripping. Thanks so much!!! Hope there will be many more of these.
1 year ago

Thank you so much, are so right... the distinction of "allowing gravity to support us" creates whole body tensegrity where the whole body works together! It's core coordination where your abdominals are connected to your head,hands and feet, so uplift is natural. This is very different than "core control" where the abdominals are tightening your back and hips, and you need to use more effort to lift up!
1 year ago

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