By now, you should have the confidence to be including the entire segment in your classes, with a 45-second static holds per exercise.
In the Curtsey Step Back, postural alignment is crucial to the integrity of the exercise. Often, we instructors will observe our students hinging forward at the hip. Standing tall will help recruit the gluteus medius – a critical muscle which assists with pelvic stability (and looks hot when it’s tone!). In this tip, Brenda does a great job of breaking down this exercise in a new way, and gives our students some great visual and proprioceptive assists.
The Pelican represents freedom and control, united (as most birds do). During this exercise, once you, the instructor, guides your student into a strong posture and solid balance, you have the opportunity to introduce the balance challenge of your choice. In this Video Clip, Renee does an excellent job of achieving all goals of the exercise, using the TVOPAV Principle. Notice use of Vestibular (head turn), Proprioceptive (reaching arms, twisting body), and Visual (finding a new focal point). Refer to pages 65-69 in your Phase II manual for more TVOPAV.