Kristi: Yeah, and I already feel the difference. You know on this side where it gets a little bit tight. I already feel that difference in that.
Walking (30 minutes)
When you're walking is there anything...I feel like I could be with you all day (both start laughing)
Laurie: Yes, all activities. Here's where people make a mistake, they look straight down so that they necessarily trip over something.
Laurie: But you don't drive a car looking straight down over the hood, you can see in that distance what's coming up. So, I'm when I'm walking I can see that my water bottle is there and not have to look down to see that it's there, when I get closer to I certainly can look down to step over it. But we want to be mindful that this is not the go-to because we were going to shorten and round forward. So, lifting the sternum up looking at the horizon and chin is level with whatever surface you were on.
And so that the shoulders stay open.
I have a lot of students now actually do Foundation Training while they're walking. I just love it; many people look at me weird and I try to put my hands down when they're coming but just do it. People ask about it.
Laurie: Because it helped, but yes it's lifting the sternum, you're creating space from this collar bone and this pubic bone, the more space we have here. And so again this is going to create space for the visceral organs these will work properly and they're not congested right in here. So, walking with this sternum up, so yeah heart to the heavens that's what we say in yoga all the time, heart to the heavens and so it just works. And it's not pulling the neck back.
Kristi: Right, it's just naturally the neck coming into place. That was one of my big mistakes, I was over compensating. I knew I had to bring my neck back but instead of forcing it back, it's about letting it naturally come back when you lift your sternum up.
Laurie: Exactly, so once it starts to fall into place these muscles (pointing to front of neck) fire up. These are the muscles that lift your skull off of your cervical spine. And they become flaccid because all the muscle work is being done in the traps, trapezius muscle behind us. These muscles (front neck muscles) are going to lift my head up and that's why I don't have a headache anymore. Because they are fired up and they are doing their job.
Not any different than lifting your water bottle to your mouth and your bicep has to do the job, all of a sudden in the practice, in the work, in the breathing and lifting up out of your poor posture and those movements, everything activates naturally. You don't think about it anymore. It just happens.
Kristi: That's the beauty of doing a few things now. So, that it just keeps going with you.
Demo how to lean properly over the sink to brush teeth/wash face (32 minutes)
Laurie: Exactly, so I talk to people about brushing their teeth, how often you brush your teeth rounding your spine over the sink. Washing your face, brushing your teeth, just hinge your hips.