In the same vein as yesterday’s post on Matter and Mind – today I noticed in ballet class (and during pointes practise!) how much more range (and gentle control) of motion the body allows as soon as it feels ‘safe’.
For instance when a ballet barre is nearby (within grabbing distance, even if it is not actively being used for helping with balance!) I feel:
- I can lift up to relevé more easily
- I feel my core working more deeply, in motion as well as while balancing
- I have more ‘headspace’ for feeling my movements
- I breathe more naturally
- And – probably related to all of the above – my port de bras (arms and upper body movements) automagically get more ‘flow’.
Related to this, this month I have started an experiment:
What if I could practise creating more safety.. from the inside?
It would surely help with practise, for dance as well as martial arts, but certainly also for Flexibility work.
And even for life 🙂
More on this (and a link to the book that has inspired this!) in this week’s further upcoming blog posts.
How about you?
How do you define, or even create, ‘safety’ in your practise?