I offered something different to my Friday and Saturday classes this week. A sequence of twelve standing poses from Brad Piddy's website caused a lot of uncertainty and gyrating in the beginning. The poses weren't new, but the way we moved into them often from the floor up, required our nervous systems to respond creatively.
On Saturday, after running through the sequence a few times and "deconstructing" the moves a bit, practice appeared as the only solution for muscle memory and a graceful sequence. However, when we moved into some of the old and familiar postures, the improvements I saw were amazing, as if bodies were responding to the earlier challenges.
If we're going to modify our boundaries and creep our toes over the edge, I vote that we get seriously playful about it. If our muscles remember what is repeated over time, we may also want to associate joy with those movements.
Photo: Design Swan