Hanging in there

Many times we focus on our force and power to move against resistance and pass on by our ability to work without tearing at ourselves and avoiding excess tension due to lack of awareness and density (density = fluidity of all three facets of awareness and the health in the tissues and their natural operation for me) One of the needs for an active person can be to hang on his hands and to travel from one point to another Tarzan style. Most people who work on their pull ups do not hang and cannot hang for long on branches or climb pipes outside of buildings because their hold is not agile and their force is able only in a fixed direction.
To clean this work on simply hanging from the bar along with the rest of your work (at the end of the day it helps in letting the spine relax from the effect of gravity) and once holding on for a while is easy you can loop a belt or a towel on the bar or branch and place one hand on the bar and one one the towel lowering the towel hand over time until hanging on one arm is easy (avoid pressurizing yourself and progress naturally)
Once one arm is easy work on switching hands or walking along the branch with your hands and turning from side to side with your contact on the tree or pipe and once this is easy progress to swinging and finding the best time to go up or forward along with the wave. Letting the breath lead here is critical in achieving efficiency and gaining true awareness to the difference between moving by pushing and pulling or simply moving yourself in regard to yourself.
(The principal can be used in many movements and holds such as walking in the squat which is great for your health and humility, holding your self on your toes or on your head while holding your breath and letting the tension come out and many more which you can glean from the many VV and MR DVDs and lessons)

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Sharon Friedman

Student and teacher of movement and Martial art. Husband and Father. I can rebuild you, I have the technology :)

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