Aubrey Williams, MCT led the Advanced Natural Movement class today at Ellwood Mesa. Starting out with a view of a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands, we quickly descended into the dark groves of eucalyptus that provide an incredible playground for Natural Movement. Today was a day for running and balancing. In running we focused on keeping the quick 180 rpm cadence, forward lean, with loose arms and thorax. One insight was that relaxed lower legs and ankles are even more important for running in the dark because you cannot always see what you are about to step on. When the feet are loose they conform and adapt much better than when they are tense.
For balancing we found a network of fallen eucalyptus trees which formed a kind of network across a boggy section of the preserve. We combined balancing walk, stepping over, balancing crawl, broad jumps and probably the most challenging movement of the day, a hook traverse of a log roughly 2 feet in diameter. This meant that it was too big to really hook the legs and we were forced to use the pressure and friction from arms and legs to move along the long. VERY challenging.
Next we made it to a great climbing tree and practiced split hang, foot pinch, knee pinch, elbow swing-up and swing popup. For a finale we concluded with a 15 min run back to the start.
Another great Advanced class at the incredible Ellwood Mesa. Let me know what challenges you are looking for at the next Advanced Natural Movement Class in the comments below!