This week we will explore PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular fascilitation), meridians and sen lines and we will finish on Friday with a master class in Aikido from my friend Richard Eberl, a 5th dan master teacher from Germany. It will feel like an avalanche of information and we will try to navigate through often polarizing points of view about movement. Hopefully you can remain open and find things that may be useful to your studies and that you may integrate certain ideas that strike you and fold them into your personal practice. The intention here is to present alternative philosophies that look at ‘the subtle body’ that are not normally a part of dance education so that your experience may be expanded. I am going out on a limb here and I am hoping that you will give the class some space to breathe.
Here are some links:
http://www.ipnfa.org/index.php?id=113 (a history of PNF)
http://www.contactquarterly.com/cq/webtext/Paxtontalk.html (CI article on Steve Paxton)
These videos are a bit out there and specific to their academic fields but I think they are interesting to watch. Can you see the correlation between these movements and principles with what we’ve been studying in class?