Vertical Development vs.
From a physical fitness perspective Lateral Development (also referred to as Horizontal Development) is all about challenging the body with new exercises. Progress is typically measured by one’s ability to perform increasingly difficult exercise (more weight, higher repetitions, longer durations, etc.).
The Tradition encourages students to concentrate on vertical development. This is when an individual faces the challenges at hand (a particular exercise or current physical condition) and adapts to them accordingly. Instead of learning new methods of practice, time and effort is invested in perfecting a proven system of practice. Mind/body connections happen when students focus more on body awareness and less on choreography. When students focus more on body awareness and less on the memorization of choreography they are able to form connections that holistically benefit mind, body and spirit.