I am continually impressed with the students that travel from far away places to take the Clubbell Yoga seminar, a crash course in Vinyasa Yoga, Clubbells & CST Coaching. One such student that far surpassed my expectations is Baylea Protine, who was the first to lead Clubbell Yoga at a local Crossfit Box. Checkout her interview below to learn more about this intelligent movement coach, where she practices, what her philosophy is and how she got to the Crossfit Box.
Don't forget to sign up for our Vancouver, BC Seminar by Jan 15th to get VIP Registration pricing. This 2016 will be an incredible year, especially with such amazing leaders like Baylea stepping up and challenging the status quo for quality movement instruction. Today is also the last day for 50% OFF of Primal 12, so take advantage of that as well if you are training for a seminar or want to learn about Clubbell Yoga. Alright, let's get to this interview!
Summer: Tell us about where you live and what the community is like?
Baylea: I live in a rural, but developing agriculture mecca in Northern California, just north of Sacramento. Our main attraction is the Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range (in the world) located in a sea of flat agriculture land. Because our area is so rich in agriculture it’s often referred to as the “bread basket of the world” When I first started teaching yoga here, it was not very well received and took time to warm the very conservative community to the idea of union in movement. Almost 7 years later we have our very own yoga studio that is thriving and buzzing with women and men of all ages. It’s really excited to see the growth of our community shift.
Summer: Where did you do your first Clubbell Yoga seminar, and what was your experience like?
Baylea: After about a year of practicing with Summer in my living room via DVD’s and manuals I knew I wanted to be a part of her work. I had the pleasure of taking a Clubbell Yoga seminar at the beautiful Doe Bay on Orcas Island off of the coast of Washington. While the views were breath taking, the content and student to teacher ratio exceeded any expectation I had for the seminar. With only five other trainees I took full advantage of being in Summer’s presence. Coming from a yoga and sensory integration background, some components of the seminar like, conditioning exercises and the coaching components were out of my comfort zone. But by the end of the weekend I felt confident that Summer had passed on all the information and resources to help me establish my own coaching voice and strength in the practice. Leaving the island I was exhausted mentally and physically but ignited with passion to share the fusion of this lost art with my clients.
Summer: What is your background education and professional experience?
Baylea: I have taught hatha based yoga for over 7 years in various settings; working with children to adults and even mental health clients. In the beginning of 2014 I finished school and became a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and couldn’t believe the overlap of yoga and therapy. During my clinical rotations in OTA School I was assigned to work with many amazing Sensory Integration Specialists and witnessed numerous healing moments. A chord was struck deep within me. I needed to share sensory integration with my yoga clients. It was the missing link in my own personal practice and the bridge to the disconnect I frequently observed in my students. I fell in love with proprioception, hence my initial love for the Clubbells. Now I’ve committed myself to expanding my knowledge on how we can use the nervous system to improve our well-being.
Summer: You are the first person to bring Clubbell Yoga to a Crossfit Box, how did you make that happen? Was it well recieved? Tell all!
Baylea: I knew that in our area, the local cross fitters would be most accepting of this practice because of the strength component. So I started to spread the word via flyers and social media. The owners of Boxcar CrossFit in Rocklin, Ca. are extremely knowledgeable about the importance of mobility, fascia work and educating their members, they actually approached me. They were totally excited from our first conversation and after the first class sold on the performance boosting qualities of this practice. As a teacher, seeing them propriocept their bodies and shift their patterns was incredible. This group is so fun to teach, they are completely capable of the demanding poses and eagerly accepting of the challenges I set before them, so we could really focus in on the subtle workings of the nervous system
Summer: What is your brand M Movement all about?
Baylea: I started to label my business as M|Body Mindful Movement to separate myself from the current yoga teachings in my area. M|Body represents the phenomenon I witness in my students when they have an embodied moment. The “M” is that moment when you have an “ahh-ha” experience; it’s complete insight and you identify with it so much that you make the face of bewilderment. It’s a beautiful moment, a moment that I cherish as a teacher, one that never gets old and a moment I always try to enhance in my classes. With M|Body Mindful Movement my goal is to inspire embodied moments and promote self-care health care through mindful movement.
Summer: What's next for you? Any big projects?
Baylea: M|Body Mindful Movement is my brain child right now, I am working on establishing a studio space, a centralized location where people can come and immerse themselves in a sensory experience. Because I am the only Clubbell Yoga Instructor in the Northern California region (above Fresno,that I know of) I am determined to spread this meaningful practice to as many nervous systems as possible! I am continuing so step out of my comfort zone daily, something the Clubbell Yoga Seminar and personal practice has instilled in me; a trait that I know is refining my skill set more than anything.
Summer: What advice do you have for someone wanting to get started in Clubbell Yoga?
Baylea: Do it! Buy the DVD’s and manuals and Primal 12, and do them. Practice at home as much as you can, become familiar with the terminology and basics and the possibilities are endless. I kept a pair of clubbells in my living room when I was first learning (actually I still do), whenever I saw them I would pick them up and practice different holds while watching T.V. or in between chores, simply to become acquainted with them. Then when I went to practice, it was one less thing I had to think about. If you have the privilege of taking a class from a trained Clubbell Yoga Instructor, don’t pass up the opportunity for a sensory experience of a lifetime! This practice speaks for itself; the hardest part is making the individual show up, day after day.
I hope you have a Happy New Year full of growth and opportunity! Also, I am really looking forward to the Primal 12 challenge!
Engaged in the movement toward more functional fitness. Mama, entrepreneur, leader, mentor, and co-creator of Clubbell Yoga.
Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International