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A decade ago, if you told me I’d be using yoga in my training I’d have punched you in the nose. […ok, maybe not… but I would not have been amused…]
Yep, I used to be a yoga-hater. And I still wouldn’t consider myself a “yoga guy.” But I’ve taught “yoga” classes. And I include yoga-inspired movements in all the fitness programs I write for my clients.
It all started in 1999. I was teaching a workshop in Singapore. After a mammoth 24 hour trip from Quebec City, I was achy, tired and stiff.
Looking back, I guess that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I looked like I was in great shape on the outside….
Even sitting was a problem. Yeah, can you imagine??? When I got down on the floor with my legs stretched out, I couldn’t sit with a straight back. I had to lean and support myself on my arms.
And I was so sick of feeling lethargic every afternoon. I drank cup after cup of industrial strength coffee just to get through my day. But the thing that bugged me most…
I was an injury waiting to happen. Stuff I could do with EASE only a few years ago became more and more difficult — and painful.
I suffered from a long string of small injuries. And ALL of them were set off by what would normally be “safe” movements — grabbing grocery bags from the trunk, picking up my nephew, or even getting up too fast from the couch.
In hindsight, I think it’s because I found stretching so darned boring! I’d add some flexibility and deep tissue work into my program, and then let it drop…
It’s not like I didn’t have the TIME to stretch. I was working out almost 10 hours per week. I had time to watch a bunch of stupid shows on TV. But I still wasn’t including the stuff that would actually make me feel better.
Lucky for me, something changed in Singapore. Like I said, I was there giving a workshop. And my co-presenter was a longtime friend, Kris Fondran.
I’d never been big on yoga […I’m just being polite… I thought it was stupid], so I didn’t pay much attention.