There is this magnificent oak tree in Rock Creek Park, right at the top of the hill next to the horse arena, you might have seen it if you live around here. It stands there at the top of the hill growing into itself and aging in a strong and beautiful way.
One of my main goals in teaching movement practices is to teach in a way that allows my students and myself to grow and keep mobility and strength in a sustainable way…not just for now, but for our bodies and minds well into our future.
I have this amazing client who is 100 years old. She and I have been working together since she was 94. She’s fabulous and awesome, a total rock-star and an absolute joy in my life, and while there are times when I think she’s definitely super-human and genetics for sure play a huge factor into what she can do, most of the time I’m aware that she just keeps moving even when she’s tired and doesn’t feel like moving. She keeps showing up to her practice on the daily. She keeps riding her stationary bike, and doing her weights and her mobility exercises even when she doesn’t feel like it, and, my friends, I think that makes such a difference.
Let’s be honest, there are times when we just don’t want to show up to our movement practices. There are times when we feel like there is absolutely no time in our week or our life to show up to our movement practices. But, my friends, not just our present selves, but our future selves will thank us if we continue to show up even when it’s hard.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!