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My First Year Training with Ido Portal

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I flew to Singapore in August of 2013 to work with Ido Portal and his team because I have an insatiable hunger for anything that will make me a better mover and based on some interviews I had seen on YouTube, they understand movement in a way that few do.  (Yes, YouTube inspired me to fly across the globe to work with people I had never met.)

I thought the movement camp would be a memorable experience but I was completely unprepared for how much it would change my approach to “training” and the way I navigate my day-to-day life.

Transformation is funny like that. You aren’t really aware of how grand it is until you have traveled far enough to get some perspective in the rear view mirror.

Despite being in the fitness industry for nearly 2 decades, I could barely do a pull-up when I met Ido. I had absolutely zero capacity for balancing on my hands and greatly underestimated the amount of weight I was capable of using to train my body. I didn’t know what a planche or a front lever was. I had never touched a set of rings.

I had become so specialized in my approach to movement through the fitness industry, that I was no longer really moving in a way that felt exhilarating. I certainly wasn’t playing or exploring outside of my comfort zone. My love affair with movement had been feeling stale for longer than I care to admit.

This past year’s worth of work has been focused on tearing down a less-than-stellar foundation that I spent years building in order to construct a far studier one; one with enough integrity for more movement possibility.

As I am sure you are aware… old habits die very, very slowly. And rebuilding new ones takes bucket-loads of persistence and practice.

Change is no easy task. Which is also why it is so damn rewarding.

Ido’s method reminds daily me that there really is no limit to what I can achieve given wise mentors, a process to follow, a lot of consistent hard work and a big enough reason to keep going on the hardest days.

I am a 37 year old, self-employed wife and mother to a 4 year old.

In the beginning, I had a hard time rationalizing what business I had dedicating time, money and energy to something I would have been more easily able to prioritize when I was younger with less responsibility.

As the training progresses, however, I feel more compelled to continue my training BECAUSE I AM a mother with tremendous responsibility.

I have the monumental task of raising a boy who feels at home with himself more than any other place in the world; who is committed to his passions and clear that the only path worth going down is going to involve a lot of hard work, discipline, obstacles and even failure. It is my duty (and honor) as a mother to teach my son to never stop MOVING his body or his life no matter how challenging it gets.

My son is under my watchful eye, but even more so…I am under his. So, I keep showing up to do the work that lights my own heart on fire with the hopes that he will do the same.

If your life is feeling less like a celebration and more like drudgery, it is YOUR responsibility to MOVE it to a better place and moving your body can, surprisingly, help move your life.

There were MANY days over the past year I could have easily thrown in the towel (and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted). My husband underwent major spinal surgery in April and then contracted Lyme Disease while working on the East Coast for the summer, which has left the right side of his face paralyzed (fortunately his doctor is confident that it will heal over time).

I could have easily rationalized that the training was too much given the medical drama and parenting solo through the summer.   But I didn’t quit  because my training has taught me that I CAN carry the weight, I CAN learn new complex patterns with consistent practice. And isn’t life just one big complex movement pattern?

I am capable of so much more than I ever thought possible and Ido’s work is reinstilling my faith in that.

I can follow my bliss AND navigate the beautiful mess life throws my way because I am practicing both daily. And it is my high hope that you are out there doing the same.

For more information about the amazing work Ido Portal and his team are doing, please visit:  www.idoportal.com

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