In this workshop we will focus on the three topics:
In the floorwork section, we work on developing freedom of movement in situations close to the floor. In our culture, movement close to the floor is poorly developed, but even merely moving to the floor and back up in different ways improves coordination, strength, and mobility. We divide the floorwork into three planes: the quadrupedal plane (on all fours), the sitting plane, and the lying plane. In the floorwork part of the workshop, we will start with individual movements, progressing into sequences of movements and ultimately to free movement close to the floor. By practicing and building a movement repertoire, we gain more options, and thus, freedom.
It might be possible to learn the handstand by simply kicking up and trying over and over until you can hold it, but most people will not be able learn it this way. Without a clear method, it becomes a game of chance with the odds stacked against you. Even if you should learn it this way, that will also deprive you of an immense opportunity to learn more about learning. Focused, systematic work on the handstand will bring you insights into your practice and how your body and mind learn new skills. It will teach you about the mechanics of balance, of tension and relaxation, of overcoming frustration. Handstands are a form of meditation. If you start thinking of something else, you will fall. Through learning the handstand, you will become aware of how stillness and movement are interchangeable. Training the handstand is about more than merely learning the handstand.
In the partner work I show principles, ideas and methods of this aspect of physical practice. How can partner work be used for healing, relaxation and strength training? How can I train reaction and coordination with the partner. How do I play well? What are basic games?