I was recently a guest on Camden Hoch’s podcast Truth & Dare and I was asked how Yoga Stability® came about. I’ve been asked this a lot and I’m still working on my elevator speech. Of course, we are our own worst critics and I feel like I butchered my answer, but the beauty in that is, it gave me an opportunity to try my best to articulate it afterwards while it was fresh on my mind.
And it’s such a great question (Camden had MANY potent questions for me. Keep your eyes peeled for our conversation together soon):
So, how did Yoga Stability® come to fruition?
Honestly, I was tired of hearing about injuries and I knew there had to be another way. The cringing chaturangas. The fast-paced/numbing/I-want-a-work-out kind of class. The loss of stability when we start to fling our limbs around in vinyasa.
On my logo it says : awake, aware, alive. This practice is a blend of myself and my experiences and my trainings and my continual learning. It blends Chinese medicine and Daoism with yoga poses — familiar yoga poses that are done in a different way, allowing us the opportunity to rewire (as if we were to take a different route to work from time to time).
This practice is about internal (organs) and external (leverage) and not having to work so hard. Insert exhale here. To TRUST that we don’t need to work so hard which seems counter-intuitive in this culture of work harder, get rewarded or no pain, no gain. I’m sure you can relate. It’s more along the lines of the organic shampoo that doesn’t lather and we’re not sure if our hair is clean, but it is, it’s just what we’re use to and/or there’s no visible results (you can’t see your organs harmonizing).
I don't even teach chaturanga anymore, or updog, and hardly any warriors. If someone asks me to break them down, I will, and it will be from a place that will make you think differently.
I, instead, prefer to teach a standing forward fold for hours (not really, but I’ve been tempted), allowing us to pause, to sit with the so-called uncomfortable conversation, to give our nervous system a break not anticipating what the next pose is and on top of it all, getting to know ourselves, our structures, our architecture which allows our organs space to work together, providing longevity to our lives (PHEW — pretty sure that’s not a grammatically correct sentence).
This practice is designed to LIGHT you up. It’s accessible and it will change your game. I couldn’t be more in love with what I do.
Thank you, Camden, for delivering questions that inspire connection and reflection.