Exercise to switch on both brain hemispheres, whole-brainedness

kids-movement-circusCaution: May become addictive to switch-on your whole brain. Use with love.

Adapted and expanded from some training I did long ago.

Switching on both brain hemispheres, left and right brains working together, tennis ball exercise

I can find this nowhere online and my original files from the 1980s were loaned out and never returned to me, hopefully still in use by some Waldorf teacher, somewhere.

This reconstructs the best exercise I ever found for switching on both sides of the brain, accomplished thru large muscle muscle movement and voice.

Required equipment ~ One bounce-able tennis ball, any condition, any color. A smaller squash ball or other balls may work. Tennis ball is ideal.

Required attire ~ Pants or shorts. No dresses at all.

Without a video this is tricky to put into words.

Slow-motion Whole-brain Switch-on

Pre-test ~ On a scale 1-10, right now, ten being feeling optimally-ideally Coherent, Integrated and Aligned (new CIA), how do you feel right now? Write it down.

One ~ Using dominant hand and leg only

You are NOT walking. Just do this in standing. In standing, hold ball in your dominant hand.

Lift your knee on the same side.

Throw the ball under your raised knee (dominant leg).

Catch it with your opposite, non-dominant hand. (Works even if you are right-handed but left-legged, etc)

Return foot to ground.

Do only this throw and catch on only one side first,

Simply standing, repeat several times. You are creating new muscle memories you wish to reinforce. Repeat the action in this one direction a few times as you need to. It will be easier when you begin walking so don’t plan on mastery for doing it in standing.

If you unable to do the above, okay to sit and watch others try this.

Two ~ Use non-dominant hand and leg

Switch sides. Still standing, not walking, do the above with your other, non-dominant hand and leg.

Three ~ Cross-over in standing only

To cross-over, we have to throw the ball with one hand under the opposite side leg.

We are no longer paying attention to which hand or leg is dominant.

In standing, start with ball in one hand, left opposite leg, throw under and catch with opposite hand.

You can repeat the action in this one direction a few times as you need to. It will be easier when you begin walking so don’t plan on mastery for doing it in standing.

Four ~ walking and throwing and catching on one side

Try walking forwards, bouncing ball under one raised knee on one side and catching it with opposite hand. You can do this on only one side. It means you throw the ball only every two steps.

Notice you automatically accommodate throwing-catching the ball with your walk cycle. We call this “integration.” See how easy and natural you can make this.

Five ~ walking and throwing and catching on two sides

Once you can walk, throw and catch one one side very two steps, you can try walk, throw and catch one two sides every step.

Now you are catching with alternate hands too. If this becomes easy and natural for you quickly–you were already somewhat whole-brained. Other will take longer to learn new internal crossing over patterns.

Six ~ All of the above walking backwards

Once throwing and catching under alternate raised knees is easy, try it walking backwards

Seven ~ All of the above while singing

Try walking forwards and backwards, throwing-catching while singing, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Eight ~ All of the above while doing math problems out loud

Stop singing, pose and solve simple math questions out loud. Be sure to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use low numbers in the domain of ten at the start. See if you can raise the difficulty of your math questions Any one process easier or more difficult than the others? Not necessary or useful to do algebra or higher math in my experience.

Nine ~ Alternate singing and math questions

Guess what? The above sequence exercises a very large fraction of human intelligences, at the same time. Where else in life do we get to use so many of our capacities at one time? Virtually nowhere in the adult world. For kids, sports and some dance forms approximate this total body and both hemisphere involvement.

To Learn More: “The Extra Lesson”, and “Take Time”; most of the following are taken from or based on these two essential books.

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Author, Health Intuitive, Bruce Dickson online:

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