As I wrote a few days ago, my studio recently had Jim Kallett in for a seminar. My first post focused on the Friday night lecture. Today, I want to talk about the day we spent with him on Saturday.
Jim’s seminar kicked off at 9:00 and ran until about 5:00 or so. We had a small break and then a 90-minute class. From the beginning until class, Jim went through every single posture minus final spine twist and final breathing (because we were running out of time). He covers every posture in great detail, takes questions, and then asks for people who would like to volunteer to do the posture.
There are any number of reasons why you might volunteer to do a posture (and in a seminar like this you really should make it a point to get your behind up in front of the visiting teacher at least once). First, it might be because you have question or need extra help, or just plain stink at the posture and want all the help you can get. It could also be that you have a great posture but need some finessing to get your up to the next level.
I didn’t volunteer for a posture so much as I was volunteered for one. Specifically, triangle.
No one volunteered for triangle so my studio owner volunteered me (I assume she knows how much I hate triangle). And all I have to say is she is never getting my homemade baked goods again.
I’m kidding. Maybe.
It was nerve wracking to get up there and do triangle in front of Jim because I don’t think very highly of myself in this posture. Notice he has a leg over me. He pushed me down into this and then turned my chin even higher to look up towards the ceiling. I honestly thought it was already turned as high as it could possibly go, but I was wrong.
Now the thing about this triangle, and the very cool thing about Jim, is that he knows exactly what I am ready to go into. He knew this with everyone. It’s not like he forced all the volunteers into the posture they were doing. That was never the case. But he knew what your body could do and where it could go even if you didn’t know how to get it there. And he got me into a deep triangle. It burned and hurt, but in a good way. And yes, he made me do both sides.
When I was done I felt like I had just had a very deep massage. I felt soooo stretched out and amazing. I try to remember this feeling and use it as motivation to keep me in triangle in class. I’d say it’s not working very well. But I am good at remembering how great I felt when Jim got me in triangle!
Now I just got to work on staying in the darn posture……