Bones, motors, and effortlessness

Right now I’m unsure if the aesthetic/embodiment/whatever-the-word-I’m-looking-for-is, which Ohad has chosen by the specific directives he uses, battles classical/formal techniques or explains it better.

Let’s start with first position, turned out.  Bring your thigh bones together; your femurs.  Pull them through your skin towards each other.  Don’t use your lower leg, your knee, or your feet, release your glutes.  when you find it you know your legs are held in a first position- you’re stable- but you have so much more availability for more.  At any point in time you could access all of those things you are no longer using to keep your legs in a tight first position.  Everything is still active, but it seems to be a more efficient.

Now to “sit-ups:” you have how many, muscles/tendons/ligaments attached to different places in your body, which connect to how many places?  what is the degree of separation between any two points?  There is not just one way up- disperse the effort between multiple points while trying to go in and out of the floor (call these motors, little motors all over- the ).  The first time you do this it may be excruciating.  However, It might just be because you are finding muscles you haven’t used in a long time, for this type of movement, for this type of duration.  The next time (or maybe a couple) you start to find that the displaced effort is more efficient and does not completely exhaust one muscle/area (the idea that the exhaustion can deplete your ability to perform other tasks).

Coveted Ballerines- We all know about that effortlessness, where everything appears so easy.  When their leg is so close to God, but they are able to manipulate it to any other point in the world in a split second.  I think this may be more attainable by understanding the enjoyment of effort- that it isn’t some prison cell, and you are free and available; this contrasts to instructors just telling you not to tense/unlock, or it might explain how to do so.

Maybe I just haven’t been listening/thinking/understanding appropriately, but I guess different strokes…


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