This week, I'll be sharing a series of short posts that briefly discuss some of the underlying themes of Awareness Through Movement lessons, classes, and workshops.
Today, we look at the concept of readiness.
Readiness: The ability to move in any direction without hesitation or preparation.
This is a familiar concept in many martial arts schools, but less so in other environments. What exactly does it mean to be able to move without hesitation or preparation? Up or down? Left or Right? Forward or Back?
In whatever position you find yourself - standing up, sitting down, lying down - how easy is it to move into another position? To move to greet someone who has entered the room? To turn and look at something behind you? To reach toward or lift a child? To adjust your pace or change direction while walking or running? To move from one position to another, sitting to standing, getting up off the floor, or even getting out of bed in the morning?
In Awareness Through Movement, we explore the organization of movement, the initiation of movement, the reversibility of movement, and the possibility of moving with less effort. We observe and feel the differences that exist from side to side, and begin to hone and grow a kinesthetic awareness that allows new possibilities to emerge.
Through attending to movement in unfamiliar and nuanced ways, we begin to shape a new understanding of and relationship to our movements, our image of ourselves and our beliefs about our own potential.
These layers of awareness, over time, begin to change our ability to seamlessly perform the movements, actions, and transitions that are important to our lives.