This next drill requires you to be aware of your pulse in at least one place (better if you can feel it at the heart and the hands and so forth) Be still while you lie down, stand motionless or hang from a tree branch. Now with sufficient air in you stop breathing and become aware of the pulse. Try to feel it in the limbs (hand fingers and ankles) than at the arm pits and inner thighs and so on. Once the entire body is pulsing (reminder it already is :)) Try to keep the pulse at an even level even if you are holding your breath (prolonging the pause phase sounds less intimidating and the mind plays a roll here as in everything) And go the distance. Relax the body from within as the pelvic floor aligns and you become aware of the support the ground gives throughout. If you are able to count 30 heart beats than try to play with it by slowing down and speeding at will. Many things may happen here. You might start to sweat, feel a burning at the throat and so on. Accept them and be glad you are alive.
Last post for a while. To help people from suiciding rolling into rock using their heads you simply ask them to roll with one hand on the top of the head and by that they will learn to roll on the soft tissue. A block in the way can be a boon if you make it a learning possibility.
To protect the body from harm and move well you need to know how things work together. Try this: bring your arms forward in front of you and rotate the arms so the little fingers point to the heavens. Now add the head forward and all together rotate all three back so you end up with hands to the back with thumbs up and head back. Repeat a few times and reverse the action so you know how you respond to each part moving in different ways and directions. Lie down and repeat this (you can lift yourself off the ground as you press the earth away with your elbows or hands if you can).
Today I gave a lesson with two children and it was a lot of fun. They learned to fall and roll quit well, to think under stress “oh it hurts when he sits on me…. So move” and to move in more directions than one at once. Demonstrations and calistenics are also a part and given to children are different becasue they want to do it right away so you give them a sead and they grow it instead of a complete thing. Also important to have a bigger goal (in life too) rolling makes no sense other than fun but rolling toward or away is doing something and that makes the work into a job pro style.