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Comfort Your S-I Joints | Practice Guidelines Lawrence Gold

July 8, 2016

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Here’s a summary of the regimen:

The Tongue Mudra

The Tongue Mudra is an evolved form of an ancient yogic technique. It involves positioning the tongue and lower jaw in a particular way along with special breathing. This positioning creates internal feeling-connections that cause spontaneous self-corrections of tension, feeling, and posture. It may seem odd that positioning the tongue in some way can cause these effects, but cause them, it does — and I have often felt the effects all the way into my sacrum, as changes of tension and position.

It’s the first thing you should learn in the regimen.

You can do the exercises in this regimen without The Tongue Mudra and get the intended results, but they occur much more quickly if you use the Mudra during or immediately after practice. There is an exception: the somatic education exercises that involve the jaws (Module 2, Section F.2); it’s rather impossible to do both at the same time, so you follow the exercise with The Tongue Mudra.


You determine your own sacral position before each practice session; people’s sacrum changes position and you may want to make sure you are doing the exercises for the correct side. A video-tutorial provides instructions.

Unit 1: Preparation

You do Unit 1 (below) for seven practice sessions, or so — until you have memorized the movements. Unit 1 is preparation for Unit 2 and you do an short version of Unit 1 (fewer repetitions) with each practice session of Unit 2. You finish each Unit 2 section with Unit 1 Part 2 and a brief walk to integrate the changes.

Unit 2: Self-Corrections and Integrations

You do Unit 2 (as instructed, below) in the “forward order” (A. through F.) and then in “reverse order” (F. through A.).

You do Unit 2 until you are feeling much better and have difficulty determining which side of your sacrum is jammed deeper. Only then do you proceed to Unit 3.

Unit 3: Polishing and Consolidating the Results

How Much to Do
Once you know the Unit 1 exercises, most practice sessions take about 1/2 to 3/4 hour; some take less, some take more. Working from the video tutorials takes longer; when you know the exercises, practice takes less time.

For “time convenience”, you may divide practice sessions into two practice sessions daily (morning and evening), with one exercise per practice session — although for comfort I recommend you do both exercises in one practice session. You may also practice an entire section twice, daily, to speed progress. Adjust practice amount to tolerance; too little is better than too much. Too much, and the results of the exercise you did get too far ahead of the results from the others — which may lead to a rebound effect or to unnecessary discomfort in the regions not yet done.

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