About the Book
When stretching and improving awareness, one of the most important considerations is Tensegrity which is a contraction of the terms Tension and Integrity. Tension is what allows us to feel our body in general. While it is pretty easy to learn to feel muscular activity and the tension generated within the belly of a muscle when it is active, connective tissue tension is something we can learn to feel when muscles are relaxed.
If we learn to feel this tension, then we can not only improve body awareness, but also our ability to control our body and respond quickly, even instantaneously. One of the keys to learning to feel this tension is to move slowly and smoothly. But another key is to focus on isolated elements.
After awareness (and control) is developed in isolation it can then be used in integrated "whole body" movements or postures.
The exercises start with unweighted exercises since in those it is easier to develop both awareness and control. It then progresses to weighted scapular awareness exercises.
It includes shoulder stretches and different stretching techniques for improving shoulder flexibility as well as improving awareness and control of the shoulder girdle.
About the Author
Neil Keleher has spent the last 15 years teaching yoga. Prior to that he studied Systems Design Engineering and worked as an engineer.
Prior to that he spent five years in the British Army as an armourer (somebody who fixes guns.)
Both as an armourer and as an engineer the thing that interested him most was understanding what he was working with.
He now applies that same understanding to yoga poses and the human body. He constantly tries to understand, and experience the human body so that he can share that understanding.
Another of his interests is in being able to communicate effectively. (This is probably a life long project.) To that end he tries to make exercises clear and easy to understand so that his students can get on with doing the exercises. (This is as opposed to trying to figure out what the instructor is saying.)
Another of his interests is Flow. One of the reasons he is so big on "understanding" is that when we understand what we are trying to do, then it is that much easier to enter into the flow.