Good morning. And before we begin this making morning connections class on Fridays, anytime I'd like to take a brief moment to speak about intention because the intention of this class is perhaps a bit different than most of the offerings here. And so I'd like to perhaps offer an exploration of thinking about what is the purpose here of this particular class. And in doing so, I'd like to think of it as speaking, opening up and beginning to speak the language of Pele's first thing in the morning and making connections to find the language of polarities within our lives as we move throughout the day. In speaking that language, I like to think of it as perhaps, um, a three tiered or three layered approach. The first being one of pure mechanics. And in this instance we're looking to open range of motion in the joints, the connective tissue and the musculature.
And the second layer would be to, uh, introduce the cognitive concept or the mind guiding and assessing and analyzing and improving the quality of the movement. And the third layer is that weaving back and forth between those two where the body is guiding, feeding back to the mind and the mind is feeding back to the body. It begins an interplay which is an intangible, a spiritual connection, if you will, where the body begins to sing it song and how myths tune. And so with that body, mind connection, um, I'm hoping that we can start our day this way and find that rhythm throughout the day. So let's open it up. All right, so I don't get down in here.
We're going to flex and extend. And it's not about the toes and fingers right now. It's about the wrists and the ankles and nice and slowly exploring the length and range of movement that we can get in these. And then let's, so we're circling the ankles and the wrists, finding the limit and the range of what we can do. Hold here and reverse it. And if you get really good at it, you can try to circle your ankles in one direction and your wrists and the other. I couldn't really do it.
Taking the fingers and the toes now and curling them down and then splaying them open and wide. So as you can see, the fingers are wide curling down, opening wide. So we're getting a lateral opening here in the fingers and toes, not something that we get a lot of in our feet every day. Extend the arms now up to the ceiling and simply reach the fingertips up to the ceiling. Scapula spreading wide on the back. And now we're attract the scapula behind you gently and extend
Make sure that the knees now are spread about shoulder with the part. As we begin to internally rotate both the hips and the shoulders, externally rotating femur and Humerus, and we're pretty much having to flop our feet to internal and external rotation to hold that external and you begin to feel an opening in the hips. Hold the internal
Palms are facing back and we're reaching an opposition and you can really begin to feel this in the oblique as you work to stabilize through the oblique and reach higher with the arm. One more each side. So far we haven't woken up anybody next to us and that's good. Then the knees and squeeze that pillow or that towel between your bottom and your heels. And think of your two sitz bones and we're going to reach the left one down to the left hip, raising the right but not arching the back, keeping the spine in neutral, where reach the right to the right heel and now the left hip to the left heel.
So we're getting some nice lumbar lateral flection and there may be some pops and cracks or certainly is for me at any given time of day for some of these. Keeping your legs here and keep squeezing that pillow or that towel with your heels. Arms are down. We're going to remove the head pillow, so headdress down if you're on a reformer, same thing. Pelvic peels up. So we're tucking the pelvis under and lifting and rolling up, not too high. Keep the chest nice and open and soft. Inhale and exhale. Roll it down.
Start allowing the breath to expand any long gate the movement and start allowing our movement to Elongate and expand. Breath and this starts to feel really good. There's been no spinal articulation for hours and hours while we lie in bed or very little
Comes down onto the bed
Inhale, lifting the head slightly off the bed and exhale. Flex the spine over to one side, but really it's lengthening of one side, not a collapse of the other. On the exhale, press the head back into the bed, open the shoulders and open the elbows into the bed and feel a length through the extended side. Reaching through that opposite hip. Inhale, lift, flex to the other side. Exhale down, open the shoulders and through the extended side. Inhale to lift and reach. Exhale to press and extend. Ooh, I feel a warmth in my waist. So great. Inhale, lift and reach. Exhale, press and extent.
One more time to the right and press and reach as you exhale. Last inhale and exhale, press and reach. Come back to center. Take your covers and fold them back until they hit about the top of your thigh with an underhand grip. Let's grab the covers and use them as a bit as a prop here. Before we do that, I'd like to introduce a concept if you can think of a Bungee cord attached to the inside of your elbow, running up to an islet in your armpit, down the side of your body, through an islet on the side of your hip, and then is finally attached to the outside of your ankle.
We have now on both sides of our body attention a spring that has been formed by this bungee cord, so let's remember that. And now as we begin the roll up, inhale to nod the Chin and extend the back of the neck. As we inhale, we're also lifting head, neck, and shoulders. The elbows are on the bed sliding down towards the feet. As we exhale, the elbows initiate the movement. The Chin stays the same, rolling towards the feet as the abdominals pulled back towards the headboard.
An opposition here. Inhale and exhale. The abdominals drop back to the headboard as the elbows drop down towards the bed and towards your feet all the way down. Let's repeat that again. Inhale, long neck, head, neck and shoulders up. Exhale, abdominals. Pull up to the headboard as the elbow slide down towards the ankles. Inhale at the top. Exhale, we reverse it so the abdominals are pulling us back and down towards the bed.
As the elbows are reaching down towards the ankles, let go of the covers. Same thing. Hands are in the same position. Inhale, long neck, head, neck and shoulders up and exhale, elbows reaching down towards the feet. Inhale at the top. Exhale the abdominals pulling back and up as we reached the elbows down and towards our feet. One more time. This way. Inhale and exhale, slide and feel that oppositional pool between the abdominals and the side. Body exhales. We roll it down. Extend the arms too in this direction. Same tension.
Elbows connected to ankles. Inhale, head, neck and shoulders come up. Exhale, the elbows lead the movement as the abdominals pull back. Inhale here and exhale, dropping it down the abdominal. Slow the movement as the elbows pull in opposition towards the feet. One more time. Inhale, head, neck and shoulders, no tension in the chin or the chest. Exhale all the way up and pull it back.
Changes in the leg and the hands and extend the spine. Yeah. Inhale, exhale, let it go. And let's switch legs. Inhaling, the leg comes away from the body. Exhaling as the hands pull the leg in opposition curling up. We inhale to flex and exhale to extend.
So my leg is pulling strongly towards the ceiling as my hands are fighting that in opposition, flex and extent tension is out at the neck. Hold the flex, come down to the bed and give me some spinal extension. Inhale. Exhale. Let's do a little leg work. So both legs out of the covers. I hope you're warming up at this point.
Flexing the feet and making sure you're not going to hurt anybody. Next to you abduct the legs and then point to come in. So we flex to go out and point to come in. This really isn't about where the challenges, pelvic stability. This is about range of motion in the hips and activating the legs.
Now hold it here and we'll point to go out and flex to come in. He out and flexing in feeling those hipbones fine their range of motion. Hold it here. Come into a pigeon toed but flexed foot position [inaudible] so we're pigeon toeing out. Then we turn and we duck foot in. So our heels meet, we switch here to a pigeon toe, come out, switch to a duck to come in and now you can really feel the rotators that you need to work in these hips and what that does to the bones right in the socket.
We'll pull it in and one more time and pull it up. Now we'll switch at the top. So hold it here we duck to go out and internally rotator pigeon to come in, switch here, duck and rotate pigeon. That's the hard one at the bottom to rotate internally in and so good for our rotators as my hip is popping and leg circles. And again, this is not about insisting on pelvic stability with our bodies. This is really about stirring this femur within the hip socket.
Hold at the top and reverse. Yes, it would be nice to not move around too much on the bed, but that's not the primary focus. Which legs circle to the inside coming out. So the intention and the focus is really with that femur. Deepen the hip socket and feeling the muscles in the strain switch and go. The other way that this momentum is placing on the pelvic stabilizers, it's okay to just note it not to necessarily fight it. One more good. Bring both legs up again.
What I like to call Peter Pan, so we're, we're pulling. For instance, the left leg straight down, the heel comes to the groin. As the right leg extends out to the side, come together and the heel pulls straight down as the opposite leg extends to the side and make sure that you are feeling a direct pull down with that heel. Otherwise it, the whole weight of the thing will carry you off somewhere. One more time. Each side. Let's do a little spine twist.
You can bring the arms up at the goalpost arms or wherever it's comfortable for you. The only goal I ask here is that you keep your knees together and we'll discuss that in a moment. So we're just going to twist to the side, but don't allow the knees to change. So however far you can move, that's your range. If you find yourself scooching down the bed, it's probably because the opposite oblique is not pulling you back strongly enough and you're using other musculature to do that. So make sure that you're really initiating the pullback with the obliques. And the reason I want to stay pretty strict with this knee is because I really don't want a lot of lumbar rotation. I'm really looking for more thoracic rotation.
Good. Hold it here and now we'll get it from one more angle. So come over to your side, make sure your back is straight up and down as your Shin should be. And your elbows should be a good six inches behind your knees, keeping the knees straight and together, matching the elbows. Take a slight pelvic tuck. So we're not going to come into back extension, open one elbow and now we're opening and twisting the upper thoracic area and clam those arms back open up. Remember keeping a slight pelvic tuck tendency would be here for some anyway to go into lumbar extension, which is not what we want here.
So you should feel this on the sides and in the upper back and now we'll do a few on the other side. Again, lining up properly so that the shins are in line, perhaps with the edge of the bed, the back is upright, the arms are a good six inches or more behind the knees open and that slight Tuck in the pelvis is going to help to protect that lower back
Gently let it go. Crossing the right ankle over the left. If you can at least grab the shins and begin to pull this. Pull the legs down into the body and then up towards the Chin so we extend in length in the lower back. If you have the flexibility, you may grab the feet, but make sure you're not just pulling on the outsides of the feet. Pull the feet down towards the bed.
Shoulders are back and now both up, down and up towards the Chin and you find a wonderful opening in the lower back and breathe into that. Whatever flexibility works for you. Gently let that go. One more time with the oppositional pull of the legs and the hands. Curl up for a moment. Inhale here. Exhale, pull it still there and now we extend the spine, the spine lifting. Enlightening on the bed.
Gently let that go. Crossing left ankle over right shins or feat for a nice stretch as we pulled down into the body and then up towards the chin. If you can, opening that lower back and breathing into it. I didn't go grab behind the thighs. Gently rock yourself up and swing your legs off the side of the bed.
Everybody's bed is a different height. This Cadillac bed is quite high. If you can bring your heels back to where they're almost in line with the bed and you're sitting on the edge of the bed so that when your arms are dropped, your palms are flat on the edge of the bed. So inhale, exhale, press the heels down to the floor, stretching the Achilles, pressing the hands into the knees and coming off of the bed, but keeping the knees or, or feeling like you're lifting off of the bed. Find your stretch depending on how high your bed is and how flexible your Achilles are. Pressing deep into the Achilles tendons and they're just wakened up so they may feel different. Sitting back on the bed with an inhale and exhale, press.
The palms were high in Relevate. Now press the palms into the side of the bed. Inhale lifting one leg and exhale straight out in front of you. Flexing that foot as we inhale and lift and too, and really engage the front of the bed with the palms here. Back is upright. Four and five come back into elevate.
Inhale, exhale. Press the heels back down again. Lifting and putting more weight forward and down, stretching that entire back of that ankle and calf and come back in relatively high and relevant. Inhale, pressing the front of the bed. Exhale, lifting and extending the opposite leg. Flexing the foot. Inhale two and three. Four back is upright. Come back high and [inaudible]. Inhale and exhale.
I'm into a wide scissor and come down, drop the knee down and lengthen the Baccto out. So now that from Nita Shin is on the floor, needed tow. Then we can press our hips forward, making sure that the knee stays over the ankle or behind it, but no for note no further than the ankle in front of it. Otherwise adjust your forward foot, pressing the hips forward. Inhale and exhale. So there's a good hip opener right here. Now on this inhale, press the heel of the forward foot softly into the floor and the entire Shin of the back leg into the floor. Inhale, that increases the stretch on this inhale, the pressure of the forward heel and the pressure of the Rear Shin pulls towards one another. Increasing the stretch further light on the toes, on the front foot, the whole back leg, top of the foot, knee and shin.
Pressing down into the floor and forward towards the middle of the body. And lastly, on this last inhale, reaching up, reached the shoulder, shoulders down, hand is up. Increasing that stretch one more time.
So in the scissor position, you may find that just getting to a standing scissor is going to be a good stretch for you. That's where it needs to be. That's great. If you need more, flex the forward foot and feel that stretch and lengthen into it. If you need more, you can slowly flex the lower back and extend the spine alternating. Flex
So the knee comes over the forward ankle. Inhale, feeling the opening and the hip flexor on this inhale, the forward heel and the back shin press straight down into the floor. And on the next one, the forward heel and the backwards shin begin to draw towards one another towards the midline of the body
Inhale here and exhale slowly roll it up. Inhale tall, placing one palm between just under the navel. Inhale here and exhale slowly rolled down over that hand trying to keep that hand vertical for as long as possible. And when the finally reaches up, point drop both arms as we roll down. Inhale here. Exhale, rolling back up.
Inhale, arms are overhead. Exhale slightly. Shift the weight forward onto the balls of the foot. Inhale again, as we traction our feet out to the sides of our body, so it's like as if our feet are trying to slide away from one another on the floor, but they don't move. Inhale tall and exhale from that position with those feet tractioning away from one another. We've been back and open the chest, sweeping the arms behind us and around in a circle. I'll stand sideways for this. Next one. Inhale, palm on the belly and exhale, curling the upper spine over the palm, keeping it vertical for as long as we possibly can.
Letting it go when we need. Inhale at the bottom. Knees are soft and not lock. Exhale, roll it back up. One Vertebrae at a time. Pull that hand back to the belly. How soon can you get it to go vertical and then uncurl over it. Inhale, both arms come up. Exhale, press the hips slightly forward onto the balls of the feet. Inhale, lifting tall.
As we slide the feet away from one another or feel like we are an exhale, bending back to extend and circle the arms around. One more time. Hand on the belly. Inhale and exhale, curling right over, holding it vertical, and then let both arms down as the abdominals continue to draw up to the ceiling. Inhale at the bottom and exhale. Pull that hand back. How soon can it get vertical? And we unfurl on top of it. Inhale, arms overhead. Exhale, hips shift, flighty forward. Inhale, lifting tall feet, pulling away from one another, and exhale, extend and reach.