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34 EXERCISES

32. TURNING THE BOAT

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STAGE 1: STEATED

Consult the "seated stage" notes in posture 1 regarding sitting / chairs.

In the beginning position, the wand is placed in wide grip on your thighs. You are facing forward.

Inhale

Turn the upper body to the left, bend the left arm and raise the left tip of the wand up around the left shoulder and towards the front of the body.

Exhale

The left tip of the wand continues in an arc to the front of the body and to the right, finishing about head height to the right corner. the right hand does not move much; it descends to the right side and finishes arm straight as close to the body as possible. Turn the body to the right.

Inhale

Move the left tip back to the left and down in an arc to the beginning position and turn the body to face front. Then turn the upper body to the right, bend the right arm and raise the right tip of the wand up around the right shoulder and towards the front of the body.

Exhale

The right tip of the wand continues in an arc to the front of the body and to the left, finishing about head height to the left corner. The left hand does not move much; it descends to the left side and finishes arm straight as close to the body as possible. Turn the body to the left.

Inhale

Move the right tip back to the right and down in an arc to the beginning position.

You may now repeat this sequences a few times, beginning on the left side again.

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STAGE 2: STANDING STATIC

Stand with feet in medium-wide stance, holding the wand in wide grip, arms straight, wand resting against the body. The legs must be straight.

Perform the seated movements without moving the legs; the upper body only turns.

STANDING WITH FOOTWORK

METHOD: "TURNING 180 DEGREES"

Refer to the "Turning 180 Degrees" directions in the footwork section.

APPLICATION

Face south. Stand with feet at shoulder width and parallel, toes facing directly forward. Legs should be straight with Knees slightly bent. Rest the wand horizontally on your thighs, hands lightly grasping either end. You will be turning 180 degrees to face the the opposite direction - North. The weight at the beginning posture is 50-50 on both feet.

Step Into Right Foot Forward Position.

Inhale

Raise the left tip of the wand up around the left shoulder and towards the front of the body.

Exhale

Step out with the right foot into "rocking" posture as the left tip of the wand continues in an arc around to the right side of the body, finishing about head height to the right corner. Maintain 50% weight on both feet.

The turning is completed in 4 movements as directed in the "Turning 180 degrees" footsteps section, but there are only 2 breaths:-

Inhale

1

As you turn the right toes/leg to the left, pull the left tip of the wand backward to the left and down towards the left hip; the shaft of the wand must roll around the waist region.

2

When you get to the position of swivelling on the ball of the left foot, the wand, rolling against the waist, is horizontal and touching the body.

Exhale

3

As you step out with your left heel to the left, raise the right tip of the wand in an arc up and around the right shoulder to the left side of your body.

4

When you place 50% on both feet and adjust the right heel, continue to guide the right tip of the wand across the body to the left, at head height, coming to rest to the left corner.

You can now reverse the procedure by mirroring the movements and the opposite side, turning back to the front (turning to the right).

Repeat this turn several times.

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