Alright, so can we be as supple as a leopard? And, why would we try and be anyway? Well, I think that this questions points us in an interesting direction. Inherent in the question is the idea that animals, especially wild animals, are more supple than people. This might be an interesting idea to debate, but I think we can all agree that many animals certainly display abilities that we human beings are incapable of.
But, aren't we capable of being supple, lively, bouncy, and vital too? Can't we stay nimble as we age?
I think the answer is yes, and how we go about doing that is probably up for debate. There's a lot of amazing work out there being done these days in the field of Natural Movement. Teachers like Katy Bowman and Erwan LeCorre have looked deeply at the impact our sedentary lifestyle has had and is having on our bodies. Their work seeks to undo the impact of civilization on our body and discover a more natural way to move:
WHICH I AM FULLY IN SUPPORT OF AND IT'S SOMETHING I'VE GOTTEN TO TEACH AND SHARE FOR TWO DECADES
While there are many approaches to this process, my favorite approach involves a very ancient method: moving like the animals themselves. If we we want to cultivate the suppleness of a cat, why not move like one? If we want the grace and poise of a crane, why not move like one? If we want the power and strength of a bear, why not move like one?