Empty Coat Sleeves: A Simple Twist to Awaken Body & Spirit

Empty Coat Sleeves: A Simple Twist to Awaken Body & Spirit


Today I’m going to show you a movement called
“Empty Coat Sleeves”. This is a fun and simple twist that I do in
my classes whenever I feel that students are concentrating too hard or are overly serious,
such as after a balancing posture, or a particularly challenging standing sequence.
If you’re from a cold climate, it’s easy to imagine wearing a jacket with sleeves that
are way too long for you, so that they extend out past your fingertips.
With feet shoulder width apart & knees soft, begin to twist the torso from side to side,
allowing your coat sleeves to swing freely. This is really the challenge of the movement:
to let go of control & allow the arms to tap the body wherever they naturally land.
Smile & imagine you’re in a wide-open field on a perfect day, & you’re free to be a kid
again. If you want more energy, bend into the knees,
& lift alternating heels, glancing to the back wall, like this. If that makes you dizzy,
then don’t do it! When you’re ready to stop, practice surrender
once again: stop giving your body momentum & allow the torso and the arms to stop moving
when they naturally do. Once still, stand & notice. You might close your eyes.
This is one of those movements where you can often feel the prana, or the life force, in
the body. You may feel tingling in the hands, shallower breath, or some heat in the body.
Stand & feel.

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