The Jaw and Propulsion
In this practice, you are going to explore and experience the impact of what is happening in your jaw in propulsion.
This is to help you see how you may or may not be holding tension in your jaw, that actually inhibits the flow and buoyancy of your back leg.
Or you will see how your movement is disconnected and less fluid, due to your jaw holding your body in a state of tension. You will discover that as you breathe, connect and allow yourself to settle into your body, your movement and propulsion should feel more dynamic and springlike when connecting with the ground!
1. Put yourself into the left leg (front leg forward) suspension position in the clockface, as per Practice 13
2. Put your pelvis correctly into a sagittal, frontal and transverse plane in the above position, so your direction is towards 1 O’Clock
3. Have your ribcage facing 11 O’Clock, again correctly in the 3 planes of movement. So:
Sagittal Plane, your ribcage will be lifting up, Frontal Plane, your left side of ribcage will sea-saw down towards left leg forward, transverse, your ribcage will go towards 11 O’Clock as your pelvis goes towards 1 O’Clock
4. You can test this with your front leg arm-stretching backwards or downwards and back leg arm-stretching forwards or upwards.
5. Now bring your attention to your back leg and feel into bringing your heel off the ground, whilst keeping the connection of 1st and 5th met.
6. Use a wedge if your need to so that you have an easy connection with the ground.
7. Now experiment with doing this movement with a tightly clenched jaw
8. Next try the movement with a relaxed open jaw. Your heel can come off the ground on the in-breath and back to the ground on the out-breath (if it is too much to think about this timing, then just keep your focus on the open/shut jaw)
9. Can you feel a difference in the ease of propulsion based on the connection with your jaw, or does it just feel the same?