Monday, December 24, 2018

Yoga Ukemi Rolling

Rolling is a great way to start class. One gets to practice some fundamental skills, warm and limber up, and it allows the pace of the class to be set. How is the ukemi of the class? Forward, side, and back rolls.

Rolling is also a great way to see where you are in the moment with your movement.

After doing a few rolls at medium pace, I'll often suggest standing up and off the line for a moment as a form of self-diagnosis.

Are there parts of your body that are tense or hurt?

Perhaps you are slamming your shoulder down to the ground, or when getting up from the roll and moving into kamae (posture) you are twisting your back.

Are you rolling with tension, vs. being tension free?

An important point when one has to take ukemi from receiving techniques or in actual application.

Take a few moments after a dozen or so rolls to stretch out or massage out any tension points.

What about your breath?

Are you out of breath?

If you are out of breath, this is a challenge with being relaxed. When rolling, every time you hit the ground, the shock of the ground disrupts your breathing pattern. It would be like trying to talk and every time you talk somebody slaps you on the back.

One needs to continue breathing in and out, as relaxed as possible so you are not out of breath as you roll- being out of breath leads to tension in the body, which leads to the rolling not being smooth.
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