When I came to Spain on Erasmus exchange, one thing my teacher always noted was that when I was using up my last air, I would lift my leg. Well yes, like a flamingo. When I came to think of it, it sounded logical that when we almost feel like life is escaping from us, we lift our foot. Why? Chakras. Bless you, you will say. Or maybe some of you know what chakras are. Anyway, you will hear a lot about them on this blog, because they are somewhat the basis of my teaching.
Chakras are energy fields within our body. There's seven of them. And for now, just let us talk about the first one. The first chakra or root chakra is situated... well, at the root, your bottom. That's why for a meditation you sit on the floor. The root chakra is our connection with the earth. Our legs don't serve any other purpose than walk us from one place to another.
"The flamingo" is a reaction to a poor connection with the earth. My strongest chakra has always been the seventh, the crown chakra, which stands for spirituality. Easy to understand that my body tends to move to where the strongest energy comes from.
Tips for musicians with a poor root chakra? Practice seated. Why? Because when seated your root chakra makes a connection with the surface of the chair. Of course you can also sit on the floor, even better. Before playing, try focusing on your downwards energy. Feel the energy of the earth. To make this focusing easier, the best practice rooms are those on the ground floor or in the basement of course.
Flamingo people usually have trouble with self-confidence (third chakra) or emotions (second chakra). Try to work on those things too; even sitting down and trying to locate the energy field inside you usually helps in some way. Try to start your practice session with something very tonal, with clear tonic cadences, to get the feeling of ground within the music.
Who are these flamingo people? Usually they're not small children. Children tend to energise downwards because they don't have a spiritual conscience yet. Girls entering adolescence are the most flighty. It can be that only one of the chakras needs to be refocused, or maybe they have problem with all three of the bottom chakras.
Some of you will be saying now that this is all rubbish, some will realise that it really makes sense. If you are from the first kind, I don't recommend you coming back here, because this is just the kind of teaching project I am working on. Even though my idea of chakra psychology hasn't been completely detailed, I have certain things I've used in my lessons which have really worked. In the future I would like to build a whole music teaching system based on chakra psychology and you are the people that will be the first to hear about it.