Celebrate Yourself

Birthdays are always a little weird for me. (coach Hannah, here, writing to you on my actual day of birth.)

I was an only child of a single mother, so ALONE was the default for me. I spent more time by myself than I wanted to, and as a result, constantly craved company.

It’s only in the last year (2019) that I have come full circle on alone time. These days, I really like being alone. I see it as a chance to connect with myself, to fill my cup.

A confession

Coach Will here with a confession: I have a nasty habit of referring to “shitty” joints.

Most of the time, I’m pretty friendly--promise!

But in my world-view, our bodies only have two kinds of joints: joints that work, and joints that don’t (the latter being the shitty ones :).

In trying to make sense of the chaotic, seething knot that is the living human body, the most useful model I have found is the functional joints-first approach (functional = able to move with control and without pain).

Taking Up S P A C E

Taking Up S P A C E

I burst into tears on my way to work 3 days ago.

It was just after 6am, and I (coach Hannah) was at the stop light at MacArthur & Harrison.

While waiting for the light to change, my mind started running through the inventory of people who have offered to help us with the new studio. Some of these offers have already been accepted and played through, others are still waiting in the wings.

All of a sudden, as I ran down my mental list of all of the humans who want our business to succeed -- who want us to make the thing that matters the most to us -- I felt overwhelmed with gratitude and tears rolled down my freshly washed, barely awake face.

Fear Formulas

“What do you feel is not allowing your knee to get higher?”

I (Coach Will here 👋) had my hand a few inches above my student’s knee, as they stood basically still, save for the tiny tremble of effort through their whole body. They were standing tall on one leg while drawing their other knee in front of them as high as they could.

It’s a position that clearly--and demandingly--reflected the student’s active hip flexion; how far could their hip joint rotate forward, into a flexed shape, at this exact moment?

Boundaries

This is such a juicy topic, there will probably be a series of emails from me about this jewel in the crown of self-care. (Coach Hannah, here, bringing you a tasty morsel to nosh on for your Friday fun-nourishment.)

Today I want to harken back to my last email about setting a timer to help you get your workout done.

I got so many responses from y’all saying how helpful that email was--yay! So glad I could make doing the good stuff your body needs even a little bit easier.

It’s funny how a little external boundary, like a timer, can make a complex thing much simpler.

The Mystery of Energy

Someone on some podcast I was listening to (Coach Will here, btw) mentioned Richard Feynman recently. It was the 80th time for me (and I still hadn’t read anything by the Nobel-prize winning physicist), so I picked up a short sampling of his lectures called Six Easy Pieces.

The title is a joke, because the book is 6 essays on the hardest damn ideas known to man. Things like gravity, and energy, and quantum… stuff.

But it’s ok. In Feynman’s words, anyone who says they understand quantum physics doesn’t understand quantum physics (it’s...unknowable, currently. I guess. Shrug).

After all, there’s value in not knowing things, too. In knowing what you don’t know, and generally knowing what it is to be ignorant.

MAKE (a) TIME(r)

Even when we know WHAT to do, it can still be a struggle to find time to do it.

I was just chatting with a client after class today about this very phenomenon. Coach Hannah, here. He is about to go on vacation for 3 weeks, and was asking about strategies to keep himself in the groove of his movement practice while on the road.

“Do you guys have any videos? I just notice that I’ll get distracted and lost in thought when I try to exercise on my own, and then I don’t get very much done.”

“We have a few,” I hedged, “but better yet, just set a timer.”

Find The Culprit

I got the following response from a client after my email about time travel (Coach Hannah, here):

“I realized while watching your video that the process of keeping an eye on all of those things is not about regret (usually) but about monitoring, remembering what caused me problems in the past in order to hopefully avoid them in the future.”

Have you felt like this? I sure have.

When we get hurt, we want to know: what did I do yesterday that made me feel pain today?