Vertical Buoyancy

March 25, 2020 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

 

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Sometimes while teaching, a phrase will show up that truly meets the needs of the moment.  And sometimes that phrase becomes part of your regular lexicon.  I was working with a student who was claiming great length from the inside.  I was concerned that he might soon add some effort to his uprightness.  That’s when we started talking about balancing the horizontal pulls in life with our sense of verticality. But “vertical buoyancy” seemed most appropriate.  Now I am using the term all the time.  I love what it implies.  Often when I talk about the relationship of our head to the rest of us, I show images of lily pads.  Our head rests on the top of our spine as a lily pad rests on water—totally supported and totally movable. It gives us that vertical buoyancy!

 

 

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