Yep, you read that right. We helped a self-proclaimed "die-hard Yogi" convert to a diehard movement junkie, clearly hungry for more biomechanics and 6 Degree Flow. I met Simon Marks Franks of Primal Roots Yoga at one of my local essential oils class, a newly certified 200 hour Yoga teacher, and invited him the Clubbell Yoga Seminar I was teaching the next month. He and his partner jumped on board, with very little preparation (maybe a week total of any exposure to the Clubbed Yoga poses). Most people prep using the Primal 12 program, with 12 workouts and 12 matching flows.
Simon and the Certification Candidates learned everything they needed to know about creating a conditioning program that was sport specific to Vinyasa Yoga at the Clubbell Yoga seminar earlier this year... then went home and practiced. Simon started teaching Clubbell Yoga classes right away at Quantum Yoga to get his certification (we require 8 volunteer classes to become eligible to certify in our system). Since he received his certificate, he has also offered an Intro Class to the Jaya Yoga community in Hood River Oregon.
He even helped facilitate his Senior Teacher at Jaya getting interested in Clubbels, and she is now attending my Workshop in Eugene, Oregon this September, 17/18. I have been blown away by how this practice has impacted him. I don't often get yogis at my seminars, and it's so great to see one who really gets why I made this program ... to help Yogis strengthen their yoga practice!
Simon Shares a bit of his testimonial on how he came to be a Clubbell Yoga "Movement Coach":
"My movement journey started in the 7th grade when my weak and uncoordinated body wouldn’t allow me to place at any track meets or get the attention of my sport coaches. I just couldn’t, and still can’t find the desire to compete against another person to determine a winner and a loser. This resulted in a great deal of flailing, frustration and lost races. Needless to say I was put off from conventional sports, fitness, and competitive movement. I learned basic yoga forms and took a core basics class at Skagit Valley College, and yet my movement inspiration just hadn’t blossomed yet.
In late 2015 I began to attend Hatha yoga classes in Bellingham, and this changed everything for me. I was a die hard traditional Vinyasa and Hatha Yogi, convinced that linear yoga movement was the end all be all of human body athletics. Thankfully I’ve matured quite a deal since then in more ways than one and Clubbell Yoga has played an integral role in my perspective on movement as a whole.
My 200 hour RYT yoga certification showed me much in the ways of personal and group empowerment on a mind, body and emotional level, and I will be forever grateful for Melissa Longfellow’s initiation into personal power [Melissa is a faculty teacher of Baron Baptiste Power Yoga. This paved a perfect path to taking Summer Huntington’s Clubbell Yoga Seminar in February of 2016. Since then I have been studying and drawing inspiration from ALL kinds of dynamic movement that is mindful and biomechanically sound. That is to say Clubbell Yoga is both dynamic and mindful, it has moved me from a closed minded Yogi to a scholar and now coach-in-training of all things movement.
Clubbell Yoga challenged me in a way that my body has never been before. After my first few rounds of conditioning with Summer and then in turn on my own, I didn’t know quite what to think. Most forms of Yoga and fitness simply do not require the level of biomechanical and kinesthetic awareness that Clubbell Yoga does. However if the forms are practiced and regressions are actually practiced in a mature and honest way, results come faster than you think. I have developed freedom in my squat (a movement pattern lost to most humans) through the open/closed hip endurance drills beyond anything I could have thought. My strength at the end of my range of motion in my legs and arms has opened me up to take on new movements and activities with ease and grace that simply was not possible before.
Clubbells build strong sustainable alignment, and if more yogis actually practiced true yogic teachings, they would see that these drills create alignment that is unyielding in its power and stability. The bottom line is: if you practice ACTUAL body awareness, alignment, and are kind to your body you will develop a form that is injury resistant and free to move, free to play because when we play, shit happens.
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It's pretty rad seeing the impact of this system on both yogis, martial artists and the strength training community. Honored that Simon would share his testimonial and hope that it helps empower others to strengthen their yoga practice.
More and more men have been joining the lululemon-clad ladies yoga studios these days. Or if not rocking the mandex (spandex for dudes), they are creating a meaningful home practice that suits them. One such athlete, scholar and Clubbell Yoga ambassador Erik Romanak of Seva Fitness in Kentucky speaks up on what this very unique practice means to him. I met Eric at our first Clubbell Yoga Seminar in Chicago a couple of years ago, and he continues to lead from the front with other CST & TACFIT programs and offerings at his studio.
ERIC: Why I choose Clubbell Yoga...
"Strength has been at the foundation of yoga since its inception. Wrestlers, soldiers and rebels used yoga for training and development because of its potent fusion of strength and agility. After a decade of yoga practice and teaching, the people I meet in my practice use yoga for many different reasons. Yoga transcends personality type, body shape and age. It really is an amazing science and art.
In yoga, our base level of existence is symbolized by the Mula Bandha. It represents the first level of human reality and the need to survive before we can thrive. It teaches us the importance of strength and endurance as we continuously adapt and reach for new heights. It is the foundation of everything about us physically and psychologically
As we climb the mountains of our lives, we get glimpses into our higher nature. The perspective gained from this expanded view helps people find peace and joy in the flow of life. It is important to embrace the larger view, but if it isn't tethered to our base reality it becomes something else - ranging from instability to delusion. The balance is found when you aim high but never forget your roots, staying connected to your foundation.
No matter what you're trying to build, whether it's a business, a skyscraper or a better life, the quality and strength of your foundation underlies every element that follows. Strengthening that foundation creates the necessary conditions required for success. Clubbell Yoga's fusion of strength and yoga reawakens a conscious awareness of your foundation and connects you to the absolute necessity of it.
Strengthening alignment and flow is the essence of my practice. All of the other benefits like relaxation, energy and flexibility happen as a natural byproduct of that. Clubbell yoga has grounded my practice and created an amazing platform for growth." - Eric Romanak
Thank you Eric for your insights and dedication to this practice. If you want to learn more about Clubbell Yoga by coming to a seminar led by Summer Huntington and assisted by Alaina Sawaya (of Primal 12 & Clubbell Yoga Prenatal), take advantage of this very limited 96 Hour Discount on the upcoming FlowFit & Clubbell Yoga seminars happening in Bellingham, WA this October 6-9th ... save over $500 on each seminar if your register by 8/4. Remember, be more prepared than the challenges you face both on and off the yoga mat.
Namaste brothers and sisters!
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