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03-28-2005, 12:46 PM
Can someone please explain me how to ensure that you are bending from both your hip and knee.
Then i push knees out, I try to go my max for KLT.
But how exactly do you bend from hip and knees? how is that different from KLT??
What move(s) specifically are you referring to?
TNT - Oct.'05
03-28-2005, 01:15 PM
Is it related to some specific moves? I don't know about that.
I know T. says while doing Plies and lunges. I don't remember about other moves.
03-28-2005, 01:46 PM
I know on plies, you're not 'bending' from the hip...but you've got to keep that pelvis open (serious KLT) while bending to go down. So it's not rally from your hip. Just think about keeping that pelvi open, knees REALLY pushing out to little toe.
Does that help any? Did I come close to answering?
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03-28-2005, 01:53 PM
mansi, what helps me is something I picked up from a different modality altogether, the Alexander Technique. When we're too stiff, or slumped over or not sure we're bending enough, one way to feel it is exaggerate a slump, a bend, a torque, or an isometric hold. Then reevaluate your sensations on both sides (right & left) & front to back & torso vs lower body. Kirsten's next class I believe will focus on lunges, but a couple of classes ago, her main point was keeping the hip bones & shoulders aligned facing front no matter what everything else was aiming for, including KLT, NBT, tuck & lean away from thigh. In a lunge, which by the way may require you to have your feet closer together than further apart to maintain the best form, you're bending the front leg, KLT'd, tucked, back leg is tight & straight, torso is 'bent' away from the thigh in front & you're pushing into the sacrum with one hand & pulling across the body w/the other to keep shoulder-to-hip alignment. You aim your knee from your hip joint towards your little toe in this position as well. I've had to play with foot distance to ensure the tuck & turn of my knee. As all the trainers have mentioned, one side of the body finds it easier to do all the form-related stuff & we teach the other side over time neurokinetically. If you're talking PBS now, you're KLT'd & bent from the hips when you go into the flat back position, maintaining the thumbs pushing into the small of your back (thumb holes) & pointing your elbows up & in to engage your lats. If you're thinking speed skaters, you're bent forward from the hips & klt'd as you go side to side, also in the balance sequence. Hope that helps.
I think gr8 has given you a great tip there. I don't think you're actually bending at the hip so much as keeping it faced forward (per specific move) and not moving. You're definitely rolling out from the hip and knees - thereby opening up your pelvic area. Maybe that was what you were thinking about - rolling out from the hips as well?
TNT - Oct.'05
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