Now I am not one to start a controversy, but I have to call out the elephant in the room. Yogis don't want Clubbell Yoga to disrupt the status quo of how yoga is being delivered in the West. There, I said it.
They are scared to try something new, that they don't recognize as yoga. I am speaking from my experience of sharing Clubbell Yoga with friends in the 'yoga community' and having them snub it, ignore it, kindly state that they are yogi purists... It is remarkable how resistant people are to this format of a yoga class [ironic].
I suppose that people may be intimidated by the idea of holding a Clubbell in a yoga pose, especially if their yoga is not "strong" yet. However, the whole point of Clubbell Yoga is to help you become stronger. Talk to any of my students, and they will tell you that Fit Body Wellness: Yoga & Clubbell Training
Yoga has accelerated their understanding of yoga in a few short months (what usually takes years to accomplish).
Usually, "yogis" are following a specific guru or celebrity yoga teacher that tells them that a specific style or lineage is all that they need, 7 days a week, and nothing else. This happens quite often with yoga brands/methods. Research shows us that if we overtrain in one discipline, we become overspecialized and increase risk for injury. Even deep backbends overtime can reek havoc on the discs in the spine, we need strength to balance our flexibility.
So let's look at what's missing from these popular yoga classes in the West from a performance perspective. Traditional yoga classes don't offer the anaerobic element of training, or functional movement training like Clubbell Yoga practice does. Hmmm, do I really only want to be flexible, be able to headstand and forearm stand to take a pretty instagram picture in a bathing suit? Only a small percentage of practitioners will ever be able to do those fancy poses, but yet they are glorified on apps like instagram, creating instant fame for bendy gymnast yogis. I like arm balances, but I would like to be strong enough and have enough endurance to do ANYTHING from pull ups to snowboarding, to aerial yoga without getting hurt. Focusing on one pose (the arm balance) neglects other aspects of performance like agility, coordination, aerobic capacity, muscular endurance, etc.
What else is missing? Well, most yoga teachers got their training from a 200 hour teacher training program, some are good and some are not so good. By the way, none of the schools are actually governed or checked for quality control by the National Yoga Alliance - a company that collects annual membership fees so that you can be listed on their website as a 200 hour registered yoga teacher, so long as you submit your paperwork and pay annually. What this means is that your practice is left to the discretion of a teacher who may or may not understand anatomy (only 20 hours are spent on that in the training or less, usually less), they may not understand how to teach in a progressive manner (ever been to a yoga class where half the room is doing the pose incorrectly because they aren't strong enough for 'chataranga' so their back sags and arms bow out every time the teacher calls out vinyasa?) or they cocktail their sequences, putting them in randomized order that makes very little sense to the body. I have. And no one says anything!@*!! WTF?!!
That is why I started Clubbell Yoga, to clean up the mess that is being made and help people become strong enough to practice safely. Whereas I thought at first the yoga community would be very excited about this, they are most definitely not. Instead, the people that fill my classes are the 35-55 year olds, who do NOT dare step into a "yoga studio" because they have sustained an injury or just never got proper instruction and/or PRACTICE with performing the poses properly. Most yoga classes at big studios are mixed level classes, but are taught like an advanced class with little to no instruction on the poses and how to perform them with correct form. e.g. in most yoga classes I have been to, warrior 1 and 2 often have the same leg stance, but one has arms up overhead, and one has arms out. If you took the time to teach this properly, one would be a closed hip pose and one an open hip pose... but I digress.
Clubbell Yoga bridges the gap btwn strength and yoga, bringing mind body exercise into the yoga studio. Smuggling in sound techniques that are progressive (3 levels of difficulty for every exercise!), and geared toward improving your yoga practice. Let the "yogis" continue to snub it... I am done with this elitist mentality in yoga classrooms. Clubbell Yoga is for everyone, regardless of spiritual beliefs, fitness level, body shape, flexibility level, guru, previous injury, etc.
The only other yoga community that I have found with genuine interest in Clubbell Yoga are the Acroyogis and the Aerial Yoga studios. They understand the uphill battle of brining new and good stuff to the yoga world. Thanks to our hosts in New York (OM Factory Flight School) and AUS (AntiGravity Flight School) for your willingness to strengthen your yoga. AND Wanderlust Whistler, I happen to have connected with a coordinator who knew a friend with some strength yoga fusion studios, so he got on board right away.
There is progress in your Clubbell Yoga practice if you are patient.
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