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  1. This is on the on-going challenge and why I do the videos or listen to the various free audio files (such as the Group stretching series from the meditation retreat or an extended interview). Sometimes I’ll follow precisely and sometimes it’s a background groove I’ll dip in and out of, a device for connecting to my inner state.
  2. Yes, Pogo. “How to Sit for Meditation” is the correct title. Definitely worth the time when you can find it.
  3. This thread is a suggestion from an exchange with Kit the other day. “Why don't you start a thread on "I wonder which format the other forum people prefer and what videos they’ve spent the most time working with?" Great idea.” Some general questions: Which Stretch Therapy Vimeo download videos have forum users purchased? And of the those which are ones have they spent the most time actually practicing? I’m not a statistics person (I know many forum users are) but I think part of the question and what might be helpful for Kit going forward is which of his products are getting multiple views and what’s the optimal format for learning this material from a video, e.g. lesson length, presentation style, etc. I’ll start. I’ve purchased almost all the Vimeo VODs. The ones I’ve probably spent the most time with are the follow-alongs, with my 4 top most viewed being: “stretching for meditation”, “rolling on the floor”, “slow flow” and “bodyline “. These videos are on my IPad. (I really like the various size download options for this reason.) I’ve probably watched “SfM” entirely a dozen times and dipped into it many more. I really like the first 45 minutes of “slow flow”, rotations through the extended slumping sequence. I’ve probably done the “bodyline” routine 20 times. It’s a great travel workout. I've also done the "unnumbered lesson" and "Pike Prep" follow a long a half dozen times. Some of these are simpler videos among the ST library (compared with the Mastery series in terms of technical formatting). I’ve gotten a lot out of the “mastery series” but the short chapter lesson approach has not translated into as many multiple viewings for me. Some chapters I’ve watched several times. I tend to watch a lesson and try to incorporate it into my sessions. Others I watch only once. (This feedback reflects my learning style not the excellence of the material.) When I recommend a title I recommend “Stretching for Meditation” because it’s a great beginners routine, gentle and head to toe with a philosophy of self care and awareness (and it’s $5). I like the deliberate pace and exploratory vibe of this video.
  4. There’s a lot of Group wisdom from various health professionals and knowledgeable media promoters on this thread. A subscription service sounds like a great idea, not just for beginners but for other aspects of the ST system. With your streamlined production set up I could imagine a variety of detailed demonstrations/explanations/explorations of topics perhaps derived from a subscription forum thread. I’ve purchased most of your VODs. The ones I’ve probably spent the most time with are the follow alongs, with my top 3 being “stretching for meditation”, “rolling on the floor” and “slow flow”. When I recommend a title I recommend “Stretching for Meditation” because it’s a great beginners routine, gentle and head to toe with a philosophy of self care and awareness (and it’s $5). I appreciate the chapter approach of the Mastery series but I prefer following along like I’m taking a class with you. I wonder which format the other forum people prefer and what videos they’ve spent the most time working with. I’m also really interested in your professional methods of client assessment and thought process for exercise prescription, how you combine ST with bodywork. I would sign up today to see these kind of videos and learn more about these professional applications. I guess that’s the other end of the spectrum form the Absolute Beginners series but something I hope you’ll consider for the future.
  5. Fantastic! So many possibilities Sounds like the time is near for a subscription service of worldwide remote workshops. You'll need to train some techs so you can stay in front of the camera for demonstrations.
  6. Thank you Kit. I'll keep going with this project. My drawings skills have a long way to catch up with my insights, someday expressing the organs and internal connections. Right now I'm following the surface contours of things, starting one place and seeing where it leads me like a pencil maze.
  7. Elephant walk. Squat. Seated work. I shoot stills with my phone and remote trigger. When I make the drawings I zoom into to the details which really forces the perspective.
  8. Stretch Therapy's emphasis on the exploratory process of physical sensation rather than the achievement of a finished pose is what inspires and motivates me to return to the mat day after day. Sometimes drawing allows me to express subjective feelings more than a photograph. I'm combining these 2 threads.
  9. Thanks Kit. Drawing sometimes helps me understand in ways a photograph doesn't. It's akin to the emphasis you put on "feeling" the sensation of a pose rather than emulating the final shape. In this picture I'll say the names of muscles under stretch as I draw them to make a visual connection (lateral line, reverse grip, triceps, lats, glute medius). I know from your books that you like the documentary honesty of photography for teaching purposes and clarity of communication. I agree. I'm sharing something that helps me understand and express my experience of ST.
  10. Good you're feeling better. Look at the anatomy of the coracoid process (the tender bony prominence under the pec minor). This is also the common attachment for the coraco-brachialis and the short head of the biceps which are the two muscles that cross the shoulder joint from the CP. The prone (or wall) biceps stretch shown in ST's Mastering Shoulder Mobility is great for opening this area. I find if I can create a "dragging" feeling (like I sliding my arm out of sleeve) when I do the contraction phase of C-R I'm making a "fascial" connection as distinct from the isometric muscle engagement of pressing my arm into the floor. The assisted biceps stretch Kit posted a few months back is really effective. Stretching the subscapularis specifically is difficult, although much better with a partner. The rotator cuff stick stretch makes sense but it irritated my ulnar nerve when I using it to rehab an issue similar to yours. For me stretching the lats and long head of the triceps made a positive influence on the axillary (arm pit) fascia and improved the whole situation. Here's a video to make you an expert on this amazing anatomy. Having a mental image of the structures, actions and especially the muscle fiber direction is incredibly helpful for devising effective stretching for particular situations, especially when thinking about angles.
  11. My first advice is to take it easy. Don't stretch an acutely inflamed nerve. I'm sure there are other opinions as this is a stretching forum. Its sounds like you overworked these delicate tissues in your quest for for the most "intense" stretch possible. The separate cervical nerve roots merge to form the brachial plexus. Working vigorously with the neck could strain the scalenes, tension as well as swelling and inflammation can pressure the brachial plexus. Paradoxically, stretching the scalenes is one of the best ways to heal soft tissue induced thoracic outlet syndrome. Consider soft tissue brachial plexus impingement as similar to piriformis syndrome when a down stream muscular compression cause nerve symptoms distinct from radiculopathy. I agree that releasing the scalenes (along with the pec minor) is an excellent strategy for many brachial plexus issues. I also recommend consider stretchng the subscapularis. Because this large, powerful muscle is difficult to touch I think it's often over looked. The subscapularis can impinge the brachial plexus as it emerges from the axila similar to how the scalenes can impinge the BP as it enters the torso. This is my experience and understanding. Hope it helps. I think it's Effective to try working above and below, up and down stream, especially with neurological issues that have a soft tissue impingement aspect.
  12. I'm interested in thoughts regarding the different benefits of cushion seated meditation compared with kneeling postures. I alternate and for me they present different benefits and challenges. Its easier to elongate and relax my spine when kneeling on a seiza bench, plus there's less tension over all but the inevitable discomfort is mostly from legs numbness pins and needles. Sitting is peaceful but hip joint aches (different from muscle tension I think) are the ultimate time inhibitor. I don't want to fall into an ego trap of chasing the "perfect" posture. I always begin my practice with stretches derived from ST for meditation, boxing the compass, tailors pose and advanced pirifomis are essential. thanks. Looking forward to seeing the FB photo album of the Deep Well Being Retreat.
  13. I've made a very nice KL audio playlist that I've downloaded from the forums including interviews, yoga nidra and recently the morning movement meditation stretching classes. It's really interesting to hear ideas I've become familiar with from the ST books, forums and VODs expressed conversationally. Sometimes I'll follow along with the audio as strictly as possible as though I were a workshop participant. Other times I play them as accompaniment to my own unnumbered lesson/rolling around on the floor, tuning in and out. Using the guidelines (is my tummy soft?) and gathering inspiration from the instruction. In one of the morning meditation sessions KL talks about the tangible sensation of guiding hand pressure as he leads a yogi into a stretch and then he talks about imagining this tactile cue. This single exchange has opened many possibilities for me. Thank you. Hopefully you'll post a visual reference for the standing and walking meditation or include that in a future VOD.
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