The Point is to Feel Nothing

When I am teaching yoga classes I often stress than we don’t really want to feel anything in our muscles while practicing, you simply want to be doing what your body is capable of doing. If your intent is to constantly go deeper and do more, than by necessity you will feel your muscles as …

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Exercise Notes: Everything should be easy

Exercise notes: Everything should be easy. For me the point of having good walking patterns, and doing yoga is simply to have a body that works more efficiently, and efficiency translates into ease. At some point in every first session with a client I lay them flat on the floor for exercises and then watch …

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Learning to Walk: Why Walking

Here is why learning to walk is such a good idea: When Mary S. came to our studio with a chronic ankle injury that wouldn’t go away even after repeated attempts with a physical therapist, endless chiropractic sessions and a host of different orthopedists who couldn’t provide relief, she was skeptical that walking lessons could …

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Get to Know Your Body

Experiential exercise:  feet together, feet apart Getting to know your body and how it works is one of the most important elements of the FitzGordon Method. In this exercise we play around with how it feels to be upright energetically. Sometimes these kinds of exercises seem goofy at first but if you stick with them …

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The Spine Lengthens in Two Directions

Energetically life revolves around the spine. Our nervous system is the body’s information gatherer, storage center and control system. Its function is to collect information about external conditions in relation to the body’s internal state, to analyze this information, and to initiate the proper response. The Central Nervous System (CNS) includes the brain and spinal …

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Learn to walk?

Some of us learned basic anatomy in school, but we didn’t learn functional movements, nor did we practice them. Long gone are the deportment classes where you walked with a block on your head. When I tell people that we teach walking they respond with surprise – don’t we know how to walk? Well, when …

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The Foot Fall

How do your shoes wear out? Most shoes wear out on the outside, from the outer heel through the outer foot. This is because we tend to walk with our feet turned out and weight transferring from the shin to the outer side. Take a look at the calluses on your feet. They are a …

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The Psoas Major

The psoas major, the body’s main engine of walking, is one of three muscles that make up the iliopsoas muscle group. The psoas major inserts on the back half of the inner thigh, comes forward to cross over the rim of the pelvis and moves backwards again to attach along the lumbar or lower spine. …

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The Psoas and Flexion

The Psoas is the body’s main hip flexor which is why it is the main muscle of walking but it plays a deeper maybe more important role as a flexor. Flexors are muscles that bring one body part closer to another one. Flexion’s relationship to the nervous system is through our fear response. Our sympathetic …

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