New York is hot and humid today. The studio, Body Evolution, is located in the East Village near the oldest Russian bath house of New York.
The street has many trees and beautiful residential buildings. I have taken some pictures but I forgot my cable to download from my phone to my computer. I’ll try to get one soon.
The focus for today was the legs and abs. For the very first time, I understand how dancers can open their legs in wide plié the way they do. One has to find the muscular stability at the very top of the sacrum in order to spiral the legs. I couldn’t find it at first and I guess most of the class was in the same boat because Billy decided to really break it down and subsequently spent a lot more time on seated leg circles.
The master teacher in training, Veronique, ended up being in my group during the assist portion. And I had an amazing partner today, John, a Pilates instructor, and we really worked well together, evidently because of how we both think about exercises. But both of us quickly realized that the way we cue in Pilates doesn’t work in Gyrotonic®. One is muscular cuing the other is energetic cuing. Boy, did we get mixed up when teaching opposition of the leg during spinal movement. Everything worked out better when we used the Gyrotonic® vocabulary. That was a great lesson to learn.
With the help of John and Veronique, I finally found my upper sacral gluteals. It was fantastic. It stretched my groin muscles like never before. I had such a powerful release that it made me cry. I was struggling to control it as I did not want the group to see me. Veronique picked up on it and turned me away from the group and ask me to breath the ‘C’ sound. I was able to calm down and resume without too many people realizing what I was going through.
Once again, I went back home after the course and had an hour-long nap. Can I still call it a “power nap”?