To hop or not to hop?
For most of us, hopping was a natural part of our childhood and development. As adults, most of us don't hop. If we do, we find it challenging, limited by the layers of habits we have built up over time.
"What at first seems like an unusual instruction to hop up and down enjoyably makes sense as each lesson progresses. Al’s precise descriptions of the various mini-lessons within the lesson is augmented by his conceptual explanations of Feldenkrais physiology and neurology, all in layman’s terms. We come to understand and to experience why these seemingly strange little movements in the lesson improve our ability to hop with ease and, of course, to enliven our everyday functioning in our bodies."
- Robin C., Longmont, CO
What makes hopping difficult?
Our first approach to something challenging like this is to try harder and put more effort into it. To hop harder and more effortfully.
But that is just the opposite of what we need to do. It is our unconscious habits that make hopping difficult. In Feldenkrais's words, "It is necessary to take away the disturbances" that make hopping difficult.
"You see, it is not necessary to train at hopping to be able to hop better. It is necessary to learn to take away the disturbances."
- Moshe Feldenkrais, Alexander Yanai Lesson 282 Basis of hopping 2
What makes a light and easy hop?
Through these lessons, we make a fascinating exploration of sensing what inhibits light and natural movements of hopping. Through carefully guided sensing, we become aware of our limiting habits and make a conscious decision to let them go. The end result? A lighter and freer hop.
So, why hop?
- Recapture the essences of childhood play
- Unravel the habits that limit your freedom of movement
- Tap into a feeling of lightness and spontaneity
Other benefits include:
- A stable and strong feeling in your legs
- A clearer sense of your feet on the floor
- A taller, lengthened spine
- A lifted and open chest
- A fuller more satisfying breath
- Hopping 1 - The End of the Hop - 36:10 min[gap height="10px"]
- Hopping 2 - The Toes, Feet, and Lower Legs - 54:47 min
- Hopping 3 - The Lightness of Being - 34:57 min