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I'm so pleased that I finally discovered how to do the boat pose in pilates/yoga. I've always been under the impression my lower ab muscles are weak as getting to do these slow curls into and out of a boat pose are next to impossible for me at very low angles...and the yoga teacher finally said something which worked. She said that if your feet rise faster than your head, you'll never be able to do it...and I realised she was absolutely right. I was just raising my legs way faster than my head most times.
It's not really got anything to do with aikido but I thought there are also these moments in aikido when the instructor or one's sempai notes something and it suddenly makes sense. One of these aha moments. And they occur certainly in aikido as well.