A central paradox of my career is the name of what I do: teaching yoga for athletes. It’s really just yoga, presented in ways that complement what athletes do, and that also work for most folks with tight hips and shoulders (read: Westerners). It’s not, as the name might imply, athletic yoga. Athletes get their workouts in, well, their workouts, so their needs from a studio class differ. My experience as a coach and athlete myself certainly informs my teaching, but ultimately, it’s yoga.
One of our good, long-term students at the studio came in to my class last week for the first time, and I was happy to read her take on the class. Like many people, she’d been avoiding it out of an expectation that it would be a tough, athletic practice, and because she hesitated to self-identify as an athlete. If that sounds like you, never fear. I invite you to join me: Mondays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. If you aren’t nearby, stream a class on YogaVibes.