At 17 years old, I found myself dancing face-to-face with a movement therapist in a small room at the Colorado Children’s Hospital. I had never felt so alive. For months, I partook in multiple styles of therapy in the eating disorders unit, but here marks the first time that my inhibitions crumbled, tapping into the expressive power of my body without over-thinking and without fear of judgment. The freedom of connecting my perceived self with my physical being absolutely changed my life. Now, at 21, I find this same mind-body connection through Clubbell Yoga, a practice developed by my internship mentor, Summer Huntington.
My decision to major in kinesiology was based on my keen interest and fascination with these beautiful machines that we call our bodies. Before I progressed into anatomical education, some may have labeled me an endorphin junkie, a cardio bunny or just a good old-fashioned gym rat. My workouts were mind-numbingly measured by the time that they took and the calories they burned, treating my body as a separate entity from my brain. While my love for fitness still runs deep and strong, I have begun to account for my health on a more holistic level—focused on functional strength, mind-body connection, expressional freedom of motion, balance and stability.
I was first introduced to Summer Huntington as my kinesiology professor at Western Washington University. One day in class, our scheduled guest speaker was unable to make it, so Summer gave an impromptu presentation about her education, business (Fit Body Wellness) and path to creating Clubbell Yoga. The passion with which she spoke and the knowledge she demonstrated throughout teaching the class genuinely resonated with me. When it came time for me to find an internship as a graduation requirement, Summer was the first person that came to mind. In November I sent her an email, set up a meeting that week and began this awesome internship that I am blessed to have gotten!
Clubbell yoga was not on my radar before hearing Summer speak. Yoga has been a part of my life on-and-off for 7 years now, but I used it more for rest-day stretching and relaxation. Since I began my internship, I have been attending Clubbell Yoga classes with regularity and practice on my own almost every day. Consistently dedicating time and actively working towards specific goals has changed the way I think about yoga and adding the Clubbell has increased my strength and balance beyond expectations. In November, I paged through the Clubbell Yoga handbook, amazed at Summer’s strength and doubting that I would be able to do half of the pictured poses. I discovered throughout the next few months that I am, indeed, capable. All it takes is some good, honest effort.
just one example of a goal that I’ve worked towards and accomplished, thanks to the strength and balance (both physical and mental) that Clubbell Yoga provides. Practicing Clubbell yoga puts me right back into that place of mind-body connection that I first experienced with the dance therapist. It is an indescribable, primitive peace that leaves me feeling powerfully grounded.
This week I will be attending the Clubbell Yoga seminar in Bellingham in hopes to obtain a certification. So far I’ve attended two CBY workshops, where I learned all about the anatomical functionality of the hips (Vancouver workshop) and circular strength training (Seattle workshop). These two workshops, along with posting yoga poses bi-weekly on Fit Body Wellness’s Facebook page have helped me learn about poses themselves and what is happening mechanically in the body to accomplish them. Both training with Summer and practicing on my own have facilitated my growth, mentally and physically, to walk into this week’s seminar with power and grace. I can’t wait to continue learning, growing and progressing. Check out some of the upcoming seminars on the Scheduled Events Page, for VIP registration deadlines.
Until next time,
Dana Llewellyn, Intern at Fit Body Wellness
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