by ROBERT ALLEN PITTMAN
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Tour of Wisdom of the Body

What is the Wisdom of the Body?

It is a System of Physical Movements.
It is not only a system of movement it – is an approach – an attitude toward the body – which encourages mindfulness and listening to what the body itself has to say. On the lighter side it is a lot of fun to do and feels good as well!

Why

Because the human being at his time in history is at a critical juncture.
The choice is to become more robot like, more mechanical or …
more human. This is even more true with children and more urgent. And the constant herding of people with information needs to make way for a life of feeling and good humor.

 

What Happens

The base of the brain is re-booted or re-set. I teach the movements to re-set or re-activate the primary instincts or primary brain-heart-gut centers. The experience of this is “getting back into your skin”. Or grounding yourself back into your body. Rediscovering your body, and in doing so feeling better in it.

 

What Are The Results

So far I have taught Wisdom of the Body for about twelve years. And it has split into specialisations and special branches annotated to different needs. And several people have tried to copy my work as well – they think if one does some basic crawling and “frolicking about” or have a Physical Therapy Degree or “Yoga Certificate” and then some acrobatics they have have movement education! well Wisdom of the Body is much more profound than that! but you must have had genuine profound teaching for long periods with real teachers to know the difference. And you must have worked on the body for a long time.  And I have and do and am now 60 years old having began my training in martial arts at 11 and yoga at 18. So I have a huge wealth of experience and that includes my own injuries and those of others, teaching classes of all ages and working with children intensely for ten years (as well as with their parents!) as well as doing extreme martial arts work overseas and for long periods – and studying various ethnic medical systems Tibetan, Vedic, Unani, Chinese…so Wisdom of the Body is not something simply slapped together for a quick second income on the weekend! It is not about the Yoga pants and getting a mat! It is not about the T-shirt and the Certificate! (yes I do certify my students if they become serious) It is about my life and experience. And I usually accompany my lessons with story telling either of my experiences or from the ancient myths which support the Wisdom of the Body. I find the history of physical training and medicine fascinating and I like to share that. Without fail I can say each person and each group I work with has found it helpful and effective to whatever their needs were and are. Often I will begin a class with questions from the students and create a lesson plan based on their questions – on the spot! And these classes are the most efficient because they address the needs of that group. I am teaching at present in about 6 countries using the Wisdom of the Body but am now cutting back on travel for my own health’s sake. For those who want to begin on their own I have 8 individual lessons which can be put on a flash drive or Dropbox. You can click over to the “Products” for more information or email me directly. Because of Skype I can do corrections with you on line or send quick videos from my iPad. From the Wisdom of the Body I am also able to branch into a Classical Physical Training Method like Indian Hatha Yoga or Persian Yoga or a Chinese Martial Art without the problems of physical distortions of the body or cultural and behavioral issues which indigenous cultures tend to carry and transfer into the student…Wisdom of the Body is very genuine complete Physical Education of the highest caliber.

 

 

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  1. I just said thanks for the inspiration you made it in me. Sorry for my bad english word because m own tongue is french.

  2. your work is interesting-and your lectures on youtube show great insight and brilliance manythxs for your great work-hope all goes well on your tour-if your ever in patagonia arizona please visit-each lecture you shared wisdom and knowledge looking forward to more of your work online-hope to buy wisdom of body encyc-which you mentioned on a radio interview-sounds important in working on ones self and with others children and adults-i myself find this a priority due to health concerns- many thxs again-

    1. Jacques-
      I hope to be in New Mexico next year (2018) and if so would come by and see you in Patagonia Arizona—I am beginning on the Wisdom of the Body “Encyclopedia” dvd now as small 10 minute lessons…all the best!

  3. “as a younger man had held the squat record in Ireland at 1400 pounds”

    The world (not just Ireland) squat record in 2017 is 1,260 pounds. And that’s with equipment. Without, it’s under 1,000 pounds. How do you explain this?

    1. the squat was on the back holding up a draft horse on platform….should be a photo on the site…will go back and check…

      1. That’s a leg press, not a squat, there’s a difference. I can leg press 700 pounds but I can’t squat 300. People stronger than me can obviously better these numbers, but there’s still a difference. You misrepresent a lot. Bobby Q. Smith, far from being against weight lifting took Draeger’s “Iron Pill” and had weights in his home. He wrote about some of his teachers being against weight lifting so you may have gotten the story mixed up.

        1. agreed if you consider “squat” is a position of the body or a technique with steel. Babies squat. But not with weights..but I see what you are saying….a leg press uses the same position as a squat…still you must admit 14-1600 pounds is considerable. Who is Bobby Q. Smith? well I can say he was against me weight lifting…

          1. A leg press most certainly does NOT use the same position as a squat. Do you even powerlift bro? Stop spouting nonsense.

        2. when Tim and I discussed “squatting” our model was the traditional tribal posture most indigenous natives use when sitting around a fire. And we also discussed it developmentally as a key for children in their development to develop the knees and hips. This posture stimulates digestion and cures constipation. So we looked at the position historically, medically and developmentally. When you add weight it is the same position but safer with the feet parallel rather than pointed outward -as with Indian (Hindu) wrestlers…if you turn that position (like squatting to use the toilet) into a position on the back then in weight lifting you say “Leg Press”. But you see we are not looking at only weight lifting. We are looking at child development and medicine so we say “Squat position” or “Squat”—it is an archetypal basic human position before adding weights or getting into debates over professional weight lifting parlances! Now when you move into professional weight lifting the term “Squat” goes from the dictionary to the Gym. And you use it as a specialized term. But if you look in the dictionary you will find a person who bends there legs and moves into a sitting position til their butt touches their heels-or close to–that position is called “Squatting” or “Squatting Down”…it is a basic English word. You are using the word “Squat” as a weight-lifting term and I am using it as a teacher of human development and culture. But I think however we use it – we can both agree it is probably among the most significant kind of exercise and training a person can do. Speaking of Draeger- I think he was right about the significance of balance factors in weight training and how important that was for martial arts…his preference for free weights make sense in that regard…as you have corrected me as misrepresenting the amount of weight Tim “squatted” I will go and check the phrase but under the article I wrote on him I see it does say as you do “Leg Pressed”…

    2. have attached photos to article on Tim Geoghegan and you can see the set up or can send you photos..

      ap

    3. yes I say “squat” referring to his position…in the U.S. we would say “Leg Press”…in these presses Tim was on his back and the horse was put on a ramp above him for the squat/press…pictures are on the article about Tim Geoghegan which is on the website..

      Allen

      1. In a leg press the back is supported, in a squat you must use your own muscles to stabilize the back. It’s simply false to say the two are “the same position”. They are in fact different exercises in different positions. And yes, the photo’s impressive but supporting a weight and pressing a weight are two very different things. Also the platform means he never received the full 1400 pounds.

        1. I agree with what you say about the back. Very true. So when you bend your legs beyond 90 degrees and your body is in compression what do you call that? When a baby lets his butt touch his heels and he sits like that- like many indigenous peoples–what do you call that?

  4. “education” to work with machines. That is a theme of the books by John Taylor Gatto and others for one of the not so covert purposes of government schools. It’s a system now beyond obsolete if it ever even was appropriate. Gatto is worth reading. Richard Mitchell of Less Than Words Can Say is also good. I believe that his 14 volume newsletter “The Underground Grammarian” is online.

    1. I agreement with you Tom—Gatto has nailed it on the head with education…good to hear you…also good to hear about Richard Mitchell…thank you!

  5. So inspiring to read your life story and the astonishing amount of knowledge/experience you are bringing to the world. Looking forward to your next visit to the cold north.

  6. Hello – is is possible to learn ” the wisdom of the body” in a class for a period ? My wife and I are looking for a consept like this. Can you offer us a education so that we can arrange courses in Fredrikstad – Norway ?

    1. Hans I am in Oslo once or twice a year and could visit you if you want to organize a workshop…we can also do work over skype if you wish…I have some students who are doing Wisdom of the Body and the lessons will be up on the site – 8 lessons of 10-20 minutes each …so you can donate and work with the material and ask me question and I will send you corrections from my iPad—