Special #2003

Movement is Life

5 min - Special


The ability to move is something that most of us take for granted. Brett Howard shares an instance where he learned how precious movement is when he was unable to move after a serious injury. Pilates helped him slowly "return to life." Since he has recovered, we are now able to enjoy his passion and beautiful movements in this inspirational JOE Talk.

This was filmed at the 2014 Pilates Method Alliance Conference in San Diego, California.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Jan 19, 2015
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[inaudible] well, that's an intro that's really hard to follow. So I don't know about the one of the best movers, but it's, I love to move and, uh, you know, I grew up moving dancing and it's something that I actually, until recently took for granted. I, um, realized lately that moving is, um, something that's been part of my life, but lately it's been more like a lifeline. I recently hurt myself this summer. And, um, when you're a mover and a dancer, injury is actually probably one of the worst things that can happen to you. And, um, I was in a crossfit class and, uh, my friend [inaudible], my friend blossom said that I'm a little bit too old for that, but, so, um, this is gonna sound annoying, but, uh, if you're 150 pounds, I don't think it's wise to try to deadlift 250. But needless to say, I learned my lesson and, um, when it happened, I couldn't, uh, I couldn't walk, I couldn't stand, actually could just lie on my stomach, but I use plots and, um, first I was able to start standing. I could start walking again and then I started doing my Pladis workout and uh, it's amazing how I could feel myself start returning back to the living actually. And uh, I always think about Joseph [inaudible] book for turned to life.

I was thinking that could not have been named any better because every day actually I can feel myself bit by bit returning to life. So almost a hundred percent healed. So I thought I'd just do a little bit of movement. I'm very happy to be able to move again. [inaudible] movement is fundamental. It's breath and it's rhythm.

[inaudible] we've been this constant evolving in developing. It's all encompassing movement. It's diverse and varied. It is unique and distinct. It possesses a plethora of qualities. [inaudible] movement can be sudden or sustained light or strong free or bound, direct or indirect. It could be low, high centered or grounded movement. Is that all we do? It's rhythm, it's walking, running, dancing, laughter and even stillness. [inaudible] it has a drive and a force.

It could be strong like a fierce storm and powerful like a rushing river, but it also can be common. So then like the flickering of flame of the candle movement motivates. It inspires and it can bring change. It gives people a voice, provides hope, and can lead to progress. Movement can be, revolution facilitates freedom, uh, movement. It's expressive, it's dramatic. It illustrates emotions as well as moods and feelings. It's enjoyable, pleasurable.

It's effervescent and playful and really makes us feel good. Move them, makes us feel free and unfettered and alive. It creates contentment and happiness. [inaudible] [inaudible] movement. It's beautiful. Like the measured deliberate change of colors on the summer, sunset and peaceful. Like the ebb and flow of an ocean wave.

[inaudible] movement allows us to be free, free flying and soaring like a bird. This [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] have been as everything. Movement is my everything. [inaudible] [inaudible].

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You and your movements are a divine example of human potential Brett. Thank you for reminding us so beautifully.
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What a beautiful mover you are, Brett Howard!!! And even more beautiful words - if that's possible :)
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Your expression of movement and words created a beautiful vision that was soulful!!! Thank you for "Returning to Life"
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beautiful. thank you. i once worked with children with disabilities on a Navajo reservation and the children couldn't move. the only smiles we could elicit were when we (occupational therapists) brought the children outside and they could feel movement of wind or the warmth of the sun. For some reason your talk made me think of this. :) Movement is tied completely with your emotions, like you said, and vice versa. :) We are So fortunate to be able to MOVE and to use pilates for rehab. I am not sure I will ever get to your skill and ability levels re: movement, but any movement I do helps me, my back, my spirit, my life. We are most blessed to have passion for pilates and movement. :) thank you.
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Thank you so so much Brett!!!
Woke up this morning to your inspiring wonderful words... And of course, your beautiful movements to complement them...
You are such an inspiration!
Thanks again for sharing

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Amazing and beautiful...Glad you can move completely again, so you can express yourself, and thank you for sharing.
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Stunning!! Brett, you move beautifully!!!
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Very inspirational!
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Graceful and elegant! I am continuously inspired by you.
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