Question from Rhandee Lipp:
I just watched MTs teaching of Hip Rotations on the new DVD where he says to make the circles as large as possible, like Hula Hoop!!!
To me, the instructions in the Supplemental write-ups saying, to NOT make circles like Hula hoops was more helpful, as I feel my tailbone initiates the movement more. Oh my, I'm not sure what to tell my students now. Hmmmm? Any thoughts?
both large circle of hip and initiate by the tailbone while keep the up body centered and stable.
To make a Hula Hoop go you usually have to move your whole central axis. With my clumsy efforts it seems very much initiated from the hips rather than the spine. I think the key is to have the body awareness (helped by the hands holding the waist) that your central column is aligned and steady between heaven and earth. Whether the pivot point for the movement is Mingmen or the sacrum will vary with how open that area has become. Ideally we will be initiating from lowest vertebrea of the spine and the consequence is that the hips rotate. All of these lower vertebrea can become free practicing this movement. Investigate and see.
You can always skip the Hula Hoop analogy and find one that fits your understanding.
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