“This exercise consists of
alternately extending one leg in the air with a spring-like motion of
the other leg by bending its knee. Through these movements in which one
stands on one leg while the other is in the air, the energy of the nervous
system is correctly set in motion. The action of the will in man becomes
intensifi ed. These movements are meant for the strengthening of the nervous
system; for its magnetizing. In this way, man becomes capable of making
a correct evaluation of his actions: in order to perceive that which is
right and that which is wrong within them that he may – at the same time
– improve them.” Fig. 22.9 Fig. 22.10
4th measure, 1st beat: the left leg bends at the knee. On the 2nd beat: step with the right foot forwards and the weight of the body shifts onto that foot. On the 3rd beat: the left foot is behind on its toes, ready to move forwards.
5th, 6th and 7th measures: the movements are the same as in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd measures but with the reverse feet. The hands are still as in the starting position (figures 23.3 and 23.4).
8th measure – as the 4th but with the feet reversed. The movements in these 8 measures are repeated without interruption three more times, altogether for 32 measures.
(alternate extending one hand) 33rd, 34th and 35th measures: the feet
make the same movements as in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd measures. At the 1st
beat of the 33rd measure the right hand is extended [to face level] forwards
and upwards at an angle of 45°, [with the elbow bent], and the wrist lifted,
palm facing forwards. The left hand remains on the hip (fi gure 23.5).
37th, 38th and 39th measures: as
the 33rd, 34th and 35th measures but the left hand is raised forwards
and upwards at an angle of 45° and the left leg is brought forwards lifted
from the ground and the right foot bends at the knee (figures 23.6 and
23.7). 40th measure is as the 36th. The left hand is placed on the hip.
Sequence III (holding
On the last beat of the 88th measure, the hands come down to the sides.
Sequence IV (alternate holding outside, then inside hands) 89th, 90th and 91st measure: the feet make the same movements as in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd measures. On the first beat of the 89th measure the outside hands making an upward arc join at the height of the forehead, this time the right palm of the outer partner faces down and the left palm of the inner partner is turned upwards. The inside arms of both partners are free (figures 23.10 and 23.11).
92nd measure – feet like
in the 4th measure. The arms are released bow-like to the side of the
96th measure: as the 89th measure but the inside hands separate and move in a swinging motion down to the side of the body. The movements of Sequence IV are repeated to the end of the exercise. At the end the hands come to the side of the body, feet together.