Received Warrior Wellness™ tapes 5 days ago. I've done the beginner series every morning since. My question is what kind of mastery should I experience before moving on to intermediate and advanced. I know that most people, including myself on many occasions, desire to jump too fast in to advanced work. I do not want to get ahead of myself, but I would like some advice concerning my situation.
I've been practicing Hanna somatics for about 8 months, a few MA's and Qigong for a couple years, so my kinesthetic awareness is fairly high in comparison to the average American. My Warrior Wellness™ experience has captivated me. I tried the beginner set without the video for the first time yesterday. My level of concentration on the movements was much higher, obviously because I didn't have to focus on my visual senses as much. I found that being able to add my somatics and Qigong theory and skills increased the rapidity in which the movements effected me. I realized my first mistake had been to push the movements a little too hard, I was sore after the third day. My shoulders and knees voiced their indignation with my desire to advance by popping and grinding during the movements. I found that if I consciously relaxed my whole body into the movement, the grinding and popping resided and I could feel my mind/body creating new coordination patterns. I integrated these thoughts and sensations into the whole set and my overall performance improved greatly. My real surprise came the today when I realized that my knees, which have constantly popped ever since dislocating my kneecaps 8 years ago, were not popping at all and felt overall more stable than I can remember them ever feeling. My shoulders, which at the time of starting this program were a little painful, are now pain free and much more supple. My feet are distributing weight much more evenly. Also my major problem area, upper back, is more supple and is making minor self-adjustments more freely.
My question is this, given the above circumstances how long should I keep doing the beginner program? Should I keep to the whole thing until every movement feels (perfect is the wrong word but...), or should I start to integrate a few more advanced movements when I feel confident in one area? My intuition tells me that following the proximal to distal/superior to inferior advancement pattern, I should at least "perfect" the first movements of the beginner series before moving on to the first movements of the intermediate.
"Perfect" a movement:
The movement is performed with the most complete awareness currently possible of the entire body’s involvement in the movement, and all currently perceptible unnecessary tensions are removed.
Looking foreword to swinging some iron in circles!!!