Every four years the Olympians inspire us to greater heights and deeper depths of courage, resilience and commitment. Sprinting faster, leaping further, soaring higher, they break world records of time, space and force. They must bust through personal boundaries as well; injury, pain and fear. Collectively they raise the level of the sport, our spirit and the transformation of our species.
This year I watched with my dance teacher Anna Halprin, age 96. We tried to predict the winner of each race by analyzing the athletes’ attitude, style and biomechanics. In every competition, in water, on land and in the air, the winners’ expertise shone clearly. Radiant in their victories, their successes touched our hearts and lifted our spirits.
Suki and Anna, summer 2016
Perhaps the athletes’ commitment inspired Anna’s return to exercise after two months of inactivity following debilitating and painful fractures. I initiated some gentle stretches against the breakfast counter. Anna experienced no pain, during or after, so we continued. Try these Stretch and Strengthen exercises for yourself.
By the third day, Anna showed me a 30-minute series of floor exercises she’d been developing! Even in her golden years, Anna reaches for her personal best.
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