Most students I work with today are frustrated because they have lost their basic range of motion like the ability to bend forward at the hips, squat down deeply, and clasp their hands behind their back.By the time most people reach adulthood, not only have they stopped playing like a kid, they’ve actually lost the functional flexibility required to climb trees, swing from monkey bars, squat in the dirt, and move freely.
I tried yoga classes, at-home videos, and read half-a-dozen human anatomy books but nothing worked.
Every day, I suffered through your typical stretching exercises, convincing myself it was worth it, but I wasn’t getting results.
There were no chairs left so my friend suggested we sit on the floor— and why not?
Sitting on the floor is a perfectly normal human thing to do; except that like most people, I hadn’t sat on the floor since elementary school. The girl I was with was an avid yoga student, so she flipped one leg on top of the other sitting in a meditation-style position as if it were the easiest thing in the world. My hips were so tight, I couldn’t sit on the ground without my knees bent to chest-height and my back curled up like Quasimodo.
When you’re stiff, it feels like you’re trapped in your own body, and I hated it.