In this program we will look at the basic exercises for building balance. Of all of the various movement practices, I feel that balance has something that is quite fundamentally important, and should definitely be a (semi) regular part of any physical cultivation practice. It can be extremely demanding or very relaxing depending on which exercises you use.
This program is easily scalable simply by using the same exercises on a wider and lower balancing surface. My usual approach for total beginners is to get them doing the walking, standing and squatting drills on a low large log, and get them doing the entry and exit on a rail of the size shown in the clip. This way they get a good dose of all the practices without being limited to doing only the entry practice.
What is not shown in the program (although it is mentioned in the audio) is the free play aspect that I get everyone to do as soon as possible. This means just spending time playing with balance however you can, with no particular skills or drills. Just spending time on balance is an auspicous and worthwhile use of your time!
For advanced students, the step after this program (once you can easily and freely do all the drills shown) is to take the practice higher and to different surfaces. Particular trees and playgrounds both offer plenty of high balancing areas. Of course, proceed at your own risk, a fall from height can be devastating for someone not well trained in breakfall.
Craig is a student of the Da Xuan tradition of Daoism under Serge Augier and formally the creator of Aware Relaxed Connected. From 2003 – 2012 Craig studied the arts of Xin Yi Liu He Quan, Cha Quan and Yang style Taiji under his first Teacher Dapeng Wang. In 2011 he began expanding his education to include gymnastics and gymnastic strength training, various natural/global movement modalities, parkour, strength, conditioning and flexibility, Ancestral Movement and Stretch Therapy. Explorations in these arts lead to Craig creating a Body Awakening syllabus. Craig’s work has now been absorbed by Physical Alchemy and has become an integral part of the Physical Repatterning Work.