Last Wednesday, we packed up the van with mini-Clubbells and headed 250 miles south to Portland, Oregon. Land of the weird. Our mission: grassroots style outreach for Clubbell Yoga. Our secondary mission: urban yoga photoshoot in the city (blog to follow later this week).
With curiosity and a full schedule of meetings set up with yoga studio owners, trainers, and bootcamp leaders... we set out to educate people on the new fusion Clubbell Yoga that has been growing worldwide, and invite them to our upcoming Intro Workshop in Portland next month (register by 11/5 for savings). Each studio/movement space had a totally different vibe, keeping Portland weird and diverse, as promised.
Photography by Rory Savatgy of Aerial Estates, who explores the boundaries between geographic location and media.
JohnnyFit Bootcamp, with 500 hour yoga teacher and trainer, Johnny Nasello.
Johnny and I spent some time discussing the theory behind using Clubbells for swings and shoulder mobility. Then I led him through a mini-circuit of open hip exercises (which he nailed immediately - very impressive), followed by and open hip flow. His studio was super bright and inviting, and his level of expertise is quite evident. People like Johnny inspire me because they are so willing to continue in the path of learning. He just wrapped a year long 300 hour teacher training with Noah Maze in Los Angeles, and shared some of his experience with me ( I am also a big fan of Noah and hope to study with him again soon). Take home messages from JohnnyFit - yoga and strength can live under one roof quite peacefully. His yoga is strong and powerful brings him into meditation through alignment, progression and breath. Namaste to you good sir.
National Personal Training Institute meeting Head Faculty Arik Wiest and his students.
Trying to teach about CST and Clubbell Yoga in a 20 minute window is a big task. Both disciplines took me almost a decade to fully embody, and my main goal in leading an Intro Clubbell Yoga Workshop next month at Portland NPTI is to plant a seed for the next generation of trainers. I want to share tools with them that will help them teach quality movement, specifically CST and Clubbell Yoga. Their curiosity and willingness to try the yoga based exercises with Clubbells at our meeting was impressive. Arik's students are hungry to learn, to do it right and to test their own bodies first. Take home message: Form follows function, and we become what we do the most. If you want to have dynamic flexibility, you have to train for it.
Studio Blue with Jesse Fairbanks, pilates teacher and CST Instructor.
I met Jesse several years ago at a CST seminar in Bellingham, WA and this reunion was pretty awesome... this is why. We had exactly 12 minutes to do a demo (I like a challenge). He had never done any Clubbell Yoga, but since he was familiar with Clubbells and the names of Clubbell positions, it was extremely easy to lead him. He got all of the exercises right away, and performed them with laser like precision (made my job very easy - thank you for that!). Instructors like Jesse are rare, with a very deep understanding of movement, inner core and CST. Glad to have spent some time with him, and look forward to meeting a few of his friends/clients that he plans to send to the workshop next month.
Sculpt Yoga, meeting with Owner Meghan Atkinson.
Meghan recently (like three weeks ago recent) opened up Sculpt Yoga. With two fairly large group class rooms, a huge beautiful lobby with super high ceilings and a very dedicated following of students - one was thanking the teacher for kicking their you know what in class as I entered (always a good sign)... this place is sure to be a very successful studio.
After speaking with Meghan and showing her the Clubbells, I quickly realized that I didn't have to sell her on the benefit of incorporating strength into a yoga class room. The weights on the window sills and her very defined physique told me that this was a place where strength & yoga met, regularly. Meghan was very generous with her time as a very busy new studio owner, and it was a pleasure spending time with her.
I also had the pleasure of meeting with Emily Johnson of Portland FitBody Bootcamp. Her instructors were super fun and energetic and even dressed up like Beyonce to teach the morning bootcamp on Halloween (the day I happened to come meet Emily). Her skills with a Clubbell were also pretty impressive, and she said she had followed Scott Sonnon's work for awhile. Emily seemed pretty interested in how to incorporate yoga based movements in to her classes, and I left her with a mini-Clubbell to practice with. She seems to have a very entrepreneurial spirit and leads from the front. Excited to see what develops.
A big thank you to all of you for making time for these mini-sessions of Clubbell Yoga. It is so interesting to see how each individual runs a movement business and how you create space for others to live the best version of themselves. Honored. Looking forward to coming back to Portland next month for the full workshop (4 hours to awaken, condition and practice).
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