Hello my friends!
It is almost spring and sunny and I am watching an amazing video that shows Roger Federer’s footwork. Take a look!
What I notice is his amazing alignment and what in the Alexander world, is called “Use.”
The narration describes his footwork and shows the direction of his movement in slo-mo.
You can also look at his alignment. See the perfect relationship between his head, neck and back. He is poised, aligned, and centered in all his moves.
Alexander used the word, “Use,” to refer to the way we carry ourselves in every activity of life. He postulated that the basic way our head is set up on our neck, and the head and neck in relation to the back, is what he called the Primary Control for the entire, psycho-physical being.
The point, as one student of mine said, is “…making the most of the facility that one still has.”
This related NY Times article on Mr. Federer states that “The argument for Federer as the greatest player in men’s tennis history starts from the ground up.”
I suggest that it also starts from the head, down. Look at his head and eyes, turning and focused on the ball and also, on where he’s about to go. Can you see the alignment? The head leads and the body follows.
Be well! Stop a moment during your day to say Hello! to awareness and being present in your body.
The first step is awareness….
It is a sunny day and I’m heading out to enjoy it.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Little moments of awareness add up….let’s do this again soon.