Number of Repetitions: Walk forward and backward 15 feet for 4 cycles in the duck position and forward and backward 15 feet for 4 cycles in the pigeon position. Do this each day for 2 weeks.
Goal: To walk forward and backward in the two positions, smoothly and easily, maintaining steady hands in a level position. This must be done easily before progressing to the next duck and pigeon exercise.
1. Stand in the duck position, feet outward, with both thumbs pointed in as if holding the markers or stick (Figure 1).
- Walk forward 15 feet, maintaining this position. Then walk backward 15 feet (Figure 2).
- Stand in pigeon position, feet inward, with the thumbs pointed outward as if holding the markers or stick (Figure 3).
- Walk forward and backward in this position for 15 feet.
Hands do not stay steady or level.
Hands or arms turn while walking.
Upper body does not maintain upright position—sways.
Upper body does not maintain upright position—bends forward or backward.
Facial movements—clenched jaw, jaw moving, tongue sticking out.
Legs too straight–knees are locked while walking.
Hips rotate or twist.