We’ve been doing the new balance for a couple of weeks now, but I haven’t gotten around to writing about this release, so here it is now. As always, I love each release of balance. The longer I teach, the less I find stuff I don’t like, and that goes for all the programs. But balance is always just special.
1. This tai chi warmup is once again, something different, fresh and beautiful. I keep loving each release.
2. Absolutely in love with the song! Not normally my style of music, but this one just does it for me, and again Jackie has found something different to do with Sun Salutations while still being the same. Love it!
3. Initially I felt uneasy with the 2 different tracks for standing strength. It feels uneven and unsettled. But the more I teach it the more it feels right. I particularly love the first track, so much that I want to sing (oh, watch out!). Evanscence is good too, although it took a few classes before I realised that it was in combat too……lol. Couldn’t figure out why in balance I suddenly wanted to get more aggressive! 😆
4. I thought I was going to be over this song since it’s been in both combat and attack, but the difference mix…….I just love it. And lifting the heel while in tree pose, OUCH!
5. Love the choreography in this one. It’s great for the hips to spend so much time in half lotus. Although one of my hips is a bit dodgy for some reason at the moment. I have to initially demonstrate the new lower option for half lotus (that’s a step up from cross legged). The song? ……..meh
6. Once you get the coordination sorted out, this is an effective track. Not a great track for me though…….but not a bad one either.
7. Very different feel. Strange is the best way I can describe it. Definately very effective chorrey, but just…….odd.
8. Fairly standard twist track. Nothing stands out about this track.
9. Once again 2 pieces of music and a chance to spend a lot of time stretching the hamstrings. Not a lot of musical cues to guide us through the chorrey in the second piece of music, but somehow it just works. Love the standing split……one of my fav hamstring moves. This is one of the moves that gave me the fastest gains in hamstring flexibility all those years ago when I had extremely tight hamstrings……..I always like revisiting this move.
10. Meditation/relaxation – This very different meditation has been discussed lots on the forum and by members and the general consensus from members is that it’s great. Very different obviously, but when I’ve been teaching it I’ve been trying coach people to “think less about the sounds, and more about how it makes you feel.”
Overall another great release! 😉