Rusty, my beautiful, part Greyhound rescue dog, spotted the rabbit when I wasn’t looking; the rabbit sprinted off and Rusty – relying on his instincts – lunged forward in pursuit. Fortunately, my centering and weight underside practice from Minding Your Balance saved the day: I remained rooted to the spot with Rusty’s leash securely in hand. When Rusty hit his tether’s end he returned to my side and we continued our walk – in the opposite direction of the rabbit’s escape.
People often ask if the Minding Your Balance techniques from Ki-Aikido help when something unexpected challenges balance. The more you intentionally practice the techniques and awareness of your movement in safe circumstances, the more automatic a stable response strategy becomes in the face of a sudden and unexpected balance disturbance.