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Old 07-27-2012
chriswirth chriswirth is offline
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Default Beginner question - eye direction/angle of head

Hi

Just starting to learn TI, I've always been trained to look forward (roughly a 10 degree angle) so that you can see your hands. From what I've seen in Easy Freestyle so far (have made it to Zen skating) it seems as though you want to be looking downwards - so that your head and spine align or form a "laser". Is this the case?

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Chris
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Old 07-27-2012
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Hi

Just starting to learn TI, I've always been trained to look forward (roughly a 10 degree angle) so that you can see your hands. From what I've seen in Easy Freestyle so far (have made it to Zen skating) it seems as though you want to be looking downwards - so that your head and spine align or form a "laser". Is this the case?
That's the prevailing wisdom: head relaxed and in-line with the spine. Eyes can be looking forward somewhat. Raising the head tends to lower the legs.
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Old 07-27-2012
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Yes. You shouldn't see your hands in front of you. While you are looking generally downward, looking straight down is a mistake. Relax the neck muscles and let the head float in the water, i.e., let the water hold the head, and you've got it.

Good luck,

Tony
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