Hello From The Institute of Moves, Muscles & Eternal Optimism

"Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul."

I was twenty-two when my first yoga teacher shared this quote from the French writer and philosopher Simone Weil with me.

I immediately committed it to memory. Sixteen years later, I still recite it often to myself, to my friends, to my clients.

Meet Polle. When she came to me two years ago her body was weak and in pain due to a myriad of injuries, traumas and surgeries that she has experienced and undergone over the past several decades of her life. In the early stages of working together, even the simplest of breathing exercises could trigger pain.

Last week she deadlifted this bar for 3 sets of 10.

Do you understand? It has taken her two years to be able to lift this weight easily and without pain.

TWO YEARS!

She could have given up countless times along the way and nobody would have blamed her.

She could have concluded, "This is just the reality of my body. It's not going to get better."

She could have stopped and made do.

I, too, could have given up countless times and nobody would have blamed me.

"I can't help you," I could have told her.

But she didn't. I didn't. We didn't.

Every week she showed up and met her body as it was. She was present and did what she could. When she could do no more, she stopped.

Every week I accepted her as she was. I offered exercises. If those didn't work, I offered something else. I tried every trick up my sleeve and then had to learn more.

We kept at it. Week after week, year after year.

"Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul."

Keep moving, friends. Do not lose heart. Fix your gaze on your goals even as they appear impossibly far away. Look there. Go toward there. And then keep going.