So I was thinking about the dialogue today. (Like, what else is new?) One of these days, I will write the list of all the reasons I like it, and I will describe what it actually means (in my opinion!) to teach a really good dialogue-based class.
For the moment, I have just a little observation. I think that ultimately, the key to really teaching with the dialogue - as opposed to simply reciting the dialogue - is to understand the meaning and intent behind every line, enough so that you can convey it clearly to another person. As a teacher, if you have "perfect" dialogue but have no clue what it means, then you won't be convincing in your delivery and you won't be able to address any individual situations that arise. And if you've memorized the dialogue but don't appreciate why certain parts are significant, then you'll probably just drop those parts out entirely - which is too bad!
ANYWAY... (sheepishly sneaking back down off soapbox...) I was thinking about "360 degree angle stretching" today. That is the phrase that is used in hands-to-feet pose and standing separate leg stretching pose. (It's also what you're eventually doing in the final stretching pose.) There is also "360 degree backward bending" in camel, which some people (no names...) are always complaining about. (Heehee.) I was wondering how many people "get" what this means and how many people think it is nonsense. It always kinda made sense to me... but that might be because I can do it. SO... I decided to attempt an illustration!! Here is hands-to-feet pose and camel pose (click on the picture for a much larger view):
"Eventually the whole body is stretching, 360 degree angle, inside out, from bones to the skin, coccyx to the toes, coccyx to the forehead..."
No nit-picking on my drawing skills, please! I think the arms keep changing length, and hair would just have confused me. Anyway, the purple bits show the part that is stretching. I put "360 degrees" in quotes for the backbend because most people's heads do not come all the way around to touch their butt when they do regular camel. (Full camel - I mean the TRUE full camel - actually is a complete circle, with the head coming through between the knees. The "full camel" that you usually see people like me do is just stage one out of three or four.)
Anyone else find this cool??