Circle & Figure 8 (Updated: 9/10/17)

Both the circle and the figure eight can be used to open the sensorimotor channel of the body. Every part of the body can be used to experiment with circles or figure eights. The movement can also be contained in the specific body part, but the entire body can be made to react naturally to movement. For instance, if I draw figure eights from my pelvis and relax my entire body to allow it to react in whichever way it pleases, what other movements come out of the body? Especially do this exercise on often neglected body parts like the face, eyes, or abdomen.

One visualization that may help with the figure 8 involves two spheres together. This is the 3d version of the figure 8. Utilizing the circle or figure 8 is one way in which to cultivate graceful movement when working with chaos. Because both the circle and the figure 8 go in all directions (and so does chaos), we can utilize it at any point to connect one location to another smoothly and effortlessly.

Exercise 1: Rotating String Pathway

Imagine that you have a belt around you with a string that has the capability of rotating completely around you and pulling you in whatever direction. Travel in a circle around in the space while keeping the chest facing forward the entire time. At every moment, the string will be pulling from a different part of your waist. When exhibiting any rotational movement, you can imagine this rotating string.

Exercise 2: Roller Coaster

Travel in the space like a roller coaster. Roller coasters have many loops and many breaks from loops, but they make use of rounding. The roller coaster can also happen within the body.