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Mark Foote
Post title: A Morning Reflection
(Feb 17 2012 at 12:22 PM)

This morning I was reflecting on this:

Hapi and Djed

That's the Egyptian god Hapi on both sides, one foot on each side of what appears to be a representation of the sacrum, four reeds running from the feet through the center of the column and upward, two gripped like ropes by the gods, two supporting the platform on which are symbols that I believe belong to the king, or alternatively:

"This is why all their procedures and eve

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Left Knee
(Feb 10 2012 at 10:52 AM)

I don't seem to sit more than 50 minutes. I'm right-handed, and the left knee is definitely a whole different ball of wax than the right, even just when I stretch my legs (which I do one at a time, sitting on the floor, grabbing my toes and bringing my head to my knee). I believe this has to do with pivots and stretches at the sacrum. Here's my guide, lately:


The pose of the goddess on the right interests me.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Comment on Gudo Nishijima Video (Carapeto)
(Feb 2 2012 at 11:37 AM)

I was struck by Gudo's description of an awareness of the back of the neck and head, and a stretch that is engaged when the chin comes down and in. The stretch, Gudo said, is at the back of the head, and is critical to dropping mind and body. Am I remembering that right?

Now from my research into cranial-sacral osteopathic theory, the stretch he's referring to is not only from the extensors along the back of the spine and neck to the mandibular bones of the skull (behind the jaw), and thenc

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