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Standing on Top of the World:
Experiencing the Fundamental Freedom of
Support, Balance and Poise in Activity
An audio recording by David Gorman
MP3 Format on 1 CD-ROM (almost 30 hours
ISBN 978-1-897452-63-9 (LM order #:
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Support and balance are the two sides of our most fundamental moment-to-moment relationship with
the planet. If you are like most people, you are probably going about your daily life in an uncentered
and ungrounded support without realizing it. You may not feel particularly out of support or off-balance,
but you are probably feeling the inevitable results—the holding yourself up and sense of weight
and working against 'gravity'—that lead to ongoing tensions and effort. This not only wastes enormous
energy but all-too-often causes chronic and progressive damage.
It is your birthright to have the poise and grace that come with balanced and
supported movement. Without this, your best efforts at freedom and ease will always be undermined,
and your sense of calmness and presentness will be lost to you.
What is it?
This series of demonstrations has been developed over the last 15 years by David Gorman to teach
people, in a very practical and experiential way, the principles of support and balance and how
to live them in everything you do.
The series takes you through simple practical demonstrations you can do at home
that will show you clearly through your own experiences the benefits of freedom and ease this knowledge
It also teaches you how to be in touch with your own system's signals—feedback
that will become second nature in guiding you and telling you what you need to know to be in support
on the earth, free to respond and present in your life.
Who is it for?
Everyone... After all we all live and work in relation to gravity and the planet - why not make
it a friendly and cooperative relationship rather than one of struggle and effort? Especially
valuable for actors, dancers, musicians in their work, athletes, and teachers of body-work, movement,
These recordings are at one and the same time, a practical way to learn this
knowledge for yourself, as well as to learn how to go about teaching it to others while adapting
it in your own way to your own teaching style.
How is it structured?
This audio recording progresses through the series of step-by-step demonstrations in a natural
sequence, each one giving an experience and an explanation of a fundamental principle then leading
on naturally to the next step.
In this way the series builds through daily life activities — standing, bending,
sitting and standing up, lifting, squatting, walking, climbing stairs, etc. — showing how to recognize
when you are supported and when you're not, highlighting the resulting freedom and ease of operating
in support and balance, as well as the problems and symptoms when you are habitually out of support.
There are almost 30 hours of material comprising the series demonstrated during
one 2½ day workshop from 2009 and another 3 day workshop from 2003 as well a PDF file of the illustrations mentioned
in the 2009 workshop. All this is interspersed with the questions that intelligent people ask and the
answers which deepen and clarify the demonstrations and the understanding of the underlying principles.
Note on the recording: These are not studio recordings, but recordings
from live interactive workshops. The sound was recorded live on a professional digital recorder
and is usually of high quality. It captures the flavor of the workshop atmosphere with real people
learning and sharing. But occasionally the sound may be fainter due to normal movement activity
during the workshop or when overlaid by outside noise. However, on the whole, this should not interfere
with your ability to make sense of what is said.
What does the CD contain?
Workshop and Piece Descriptions: (total time: 29 hours, 52 minutes):
Toronto workshop, September 2009
(running time 12 hours, 47 minutes)
01 Standing on Top of the World 1
143 min. (2 hrs, 23 min.)
02 Standing on Top of the World 2
162 min. (2 hrs, 42 min.)
03 Standing on Top of the World 3
142 min. (2 hrs, 22 min.)
04 Standing on Top of the World 4
169 min. (2 hrs, 49 min.)
05 Standing on Top of the World 5
151 min. (2 hrs, 31 min.)
Minneapolis workshop, November 2003
(running time 17 hours, 5 minutes)
06 Standing on Top of the World 1
141 min. (2 hrs, 21 min.)
07 Standing on Top of the World 2
116 min. (1 hr, 56 min.)
09 Standing on Top of the World 3
169 min. (2 hrs, 49 min.)
09 Standing on Top of the World 4
160 min. (2 hrs, 40 min.)
10 Standing on Top of the World 5
197 min. (3 hrs, 17 min.)
11 Standing on Top of the World 6
114 min. (1 hr, 54 min.)
12 Standing on Top of the World 7
128 min. (2 hrs, 8 min.)
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