The Bee's Knees

The Bee's Knees

Changing the Way You Walk

March 06, 2020

The Way You Walk
We are please to present a Bee's Knees Podcast interview (click the Play button above) with Jonathan FitzGordon. Excerpts from the conversation about how to improve the way you walk are presented below.

My Background
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, There's not many of us left: I never thought I'd ever leave New York.
I started a waiter and a carpenter and just kind of a wanderer in my youth. I'm a high school dropout and I didn't know what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a filmmaker and a writer, and it turns out I am both of those things, but not the way I had planned. I started doing yoga in my thirties in 1995 on the lower east of Manhattan.

Two years in, I was doing stuff that I never thought I could do. And then my knees started to hurt. I had three knee surgeries over the course of a year and a half. It was a classic meniscus injury, a plant and twist injury while playing softball. That was really severe, the whole meniscus pulled off the mooring.

I was supposed to go to India and study with a guru and the doctor said, no problem, you'll be on your feet in 10 days. But instead it was a six-week recovery on crutches, not like your usual meniscus surgery. That was the first of three surgeries. Then back to yoga. I went through physical therapy, I went back to the mat, I blew my knee out again. I did it again. I had another surgery, I did physical therapy again, like I'm an idiot, right?

A Life-changing Moment
Finally, I was back in yoga and one of my teachers said to me, “What are you doing to not have a fourth surgery?”
And that was it. That was the life-changing moment. It's like my apocryphal tale. Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I said, “Oh my God, I am doing nothing to avoid a fourth surgery. I'll be back under the knife if I don't make some changes.”

I started to learn about my body. I studied anatomy. I became a yoga teacher. I realized that the more I knew about my body, the easier it was to stop getting injured.

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