“If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which ever young and ardent, sees the possible.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard
When Jack began he couldn’t do a windmill on his left side. The tissue from his hip, torso and shoulder was stuck; tight and restricted. He could reach the floor from the right side but on the left his hand went no further than his knee. So we started there.
For months we didn’t force it, we simply explored what was possible on a given day. Almost every week he discovered new territory and opened a little more space. The goal was to create the right balance of linkage and separation between his upper and lower body.
For weeks his windmill was just to touch a yoga block we stood on end. Gradually we set it on its edge and finally flat on the ground. Jack kept exploring. We kept working to open the tight, compressed spaces with FST and one day he said, ” Let’s try it without the block.” He touched the floor.
But we’re not done. The goal was never to touch the floor, it was healthy, robust movement and flexibility. So, we’re on to exploring new territory now, new possibilities. And, because his attitude is about finding out what’s possible we won’t be done for a long time. I mean he’s only 70.