Don't come to yoga to get flexible

just come to yoga to move.

If you've ever been to one of my yoga classes, you've likely moved your body in ways that are not solely traditional yoga postures. 

Whether it's borrowed abdominal work from a pilates class, foot work from a ballet class, or things that look like they're straight out of a gym. 

Ever since I started teaching, I've had people tell me: "what you teach is not yoga." 

One time, I was talking about the science of breath in class, a woman cut me off mid-sentence and shouted from across the room, "I thought this was a yoganot science!

That makes me chuckle now. Back then, I had to ignore that woman. 

In the last few months, we've been working on a lot of mobility stuff in my classes. 

There's a good reason for that. 

Our hips will die if we don't. 

Not just our hips, but all of our joints. 

Last year, my mother-in-law had a knee and hip replacement months apart from each other.

One of the surprising things is that doctors had her up and moving right after both surgeries. 

Get her moving immediately

Even though it was really hard

So much of her recovery was/is devoted to moving

Reminder: gotta keep it moving. 

Since then, I've been on this path of trying to figure out my role in how to help people move better, as a movement practitioner/teacher myself. 

Life is always on time.

I think we should move smarter

And work with people smarter than us (like science people).

I started following more pilates teachers and movement folks outside the yoga world.

Not to say that yoga teachers aren't smart.

I was craving more than learning how to sequence a class to a playlist.

And then I came across Ryan Orrico and this FRC movement stuff (Functional Range Conditioning is a "scientifically sound system of flexibility and mobility").

And I've been geeking out on it.

Instead of lounging in poses like half pigeons, any of those long passive holds, and/or some standing postures; we are moving instead of lounging, working with our range we have today instead of reaching for that bind. 

Like this. And this. And this.

And doing "walking giraffes" like this.

Small things through-out class from beginning to end.

There's too much value in this work to not put it in to use everyday.

There have been some wide-eyes and death glares (especially from the hyper flexible friends) but now that we've been doing some of these in every single class, I think people are starting to really dig this stuff

And it's hard work.

My hope is that our hips won't die on us while we're still alive.

And our other joints, for that matter.

I'm keeping this mobility stuff alive, the yoga needs it.

Love, 
Steph