“Your posture is determined by the moment before you move…”
How often do we think of posture as something that is fixed, static, out of awareness and somehow outside of us?
In this show Mary Bond explores with us subtle motions in the body that can lead to a vast opening of awareness, movement and ease.
Listen in as we explore breath, the gentle spacious moment that proceeds movement and a curious ease that comes from dropping our “efforting.”
While many of our interviews make for good company while driving or otherwise engaging in activities of the world, today’s episode invites a turn inward. Give yourself some quiet unfettered space to engage it.
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4:31 It’s not about digging into the body and trying to manipulate fascia and muscle. It’s about presence.
8:28 The presence that happens before the movement.
8:44 Our relationship with gravity. Trusting the ground to hold us up.
10:10 Gravity is the therapist.
12:54 Awareness comes from movement. The possibility of movement in any direction.
15:35 Dropping into the seemingly simple process of breathing.
25:50 Issues involving tongue tension.
28:41 Just like the Tai Chi masters say; the tongue should rest lightly on the roof of the mouth.
35:55 We think too much.
39:57 Being supported by gravity.
48:52 About feet.
I’ve been a student of the human body since I donned my first dancing shoes at age six. After receiving an MA degree in Dance from UCLA, I was privileged to study with Ida Rolf, originator of a type of body therapy known as Structural Integration. I’m proud to have been certified as a Structural Integration practitioner by Dr. Rolf herself.
Rolf’s understanding of the body went beyond anything I’d learned during many years of movement training. She taught that gravity organizes human structures and that people can achieve an optimal relationship with this determining force through bodywork and education.
My book, The New Rules of Posture, presents new developments in movement education. It evolved out of my wish to share the legacy of Ida Rolf with the general public. While this legacy includes the understanding of posture and movement, it also has philosophical implications. The deeper message is that the way we inhabit our bodies affects the ways in which we perceive the world and behave toward one another. My 2012 DVD, Heal Your Posture, further elucidates this message.
It has been my experience that people who understand and respect their bodies tend to have an open and compassionate perspective on life. My mission, as a writer, teacher and Rolfer, is to help people further that understanding and respect.
Links and Resources:
Healthy Posture DVD
YouTube Videos: New Rules of Posture
Book: New Rules of Posture
Posture, Perception and Breath
Shoulder Tension and Gestures in Daily Life