Welcome to part 3 of whether or not we can be supple leopards! And, yes I know that's not a picture of a leopard above. (Pretty sure it's a lynx). But, I like this picture, and just looking at it I can feel the liveliness and vitality of the young lynx moving through the grass.
Recently, a friend of mine got two kittens. He described how he just loved watching the two young cats move. It was fascinating, but perhaps more importantly for our discussion, he noticed how after he spent time with the kittens he felt like he moved more like a cat.
I think this is one of the keys to truly cultivating suppleness in our bodies: moving like animals that actually do. Let's just take house cats for instance, cats regularly jump four or five times their height and also land effortlessly from even greater heights. And, how do they accomplish these feats? By doing lots of heavy weight lifting? By doing lots of cat push-ups? By running around a track? No, they do it mostly by staying relaxed, resting a lot, and doing some light and simple stretching through out the day.
These are the kinds of lessons that can be unlocked by exploring animal movements. And this practice goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years.