Recently, I completed a 200 hour National Certified Yoga Teacher Course with Lex Gillan, founder of The Yoga Institute, one of the oldest Yoga studios in the country.
While my scope of training in Yoga has been limited, I will say confidently there is no better training available that is as comprehensive and authentic as Gillan’s course. In this training I learned more about what Yoga is, what it isn’t — and where many studios have completely missed the mark so to speak. I came to understand that many schools only offer a fraction of the benefits that are associated with Yoga. Out of the 900+ Hatha Postures in Yoga, only a few dozen are circulated in classes with a single challenging pose thrown in the mix for token variety. These narrowly focused routines result in a limited scope of increased flexibility and strength, and in many cases fail to properly prepare the body for the days “peak posture”. The elements of breathing and meditation are sprinkled in but rarely emphasized as a means to cultivate not only a more meaningful practice, but also a more meaningful life.
The benefit-perception-reality gap is expansive! The majority of people in the West begin yoga because they 1) want to stretch/exercise, 2) are looking for rehab after physical injury, or 3) looking for activity to help manage stress. Similarly, many people begin their Krav Maga training because they perceive it to be 1) a great workout, 2) an opportunity to learn some cool “moves” and 3) a good way to relieve stress at the end of a long work day. However, the reality is, when delivered fully both disciplines offer a multitude of mental, emotional, physical, intuitive and spiritual benefits to the dedicated practitioner.
In comparison to its martial arts counterparts such as Taekwondo, Karate, Aikido, Jujutsu (etc…), Krav Maga is considered the most practical, effective, no-nonsense system for self-defense that can also be completely transformational to one’s life and approach to living.
What does that have to do with Warrior Yoga?
Warrior Yoga is the “Krav Maga” of Yoga. The Krav Maga Houston ELITE programming will offer the most practical, effective and authentic training which will provide individuals with the complete benefits of Yoga practice: The pursuit of maximum human potential through the development of a warrior spirit, conscious personal growth, and service to others.
Chief Kirk and I have been specific and intentional about developing a program that’s worthy of adding to Krav Maga Houston programming. Our approach draws from the lessons learned over Chief Kirk’s 21 years of training and teaching, along with the insights I’ve gained from “shopping” multiple yoga studios and in my own somatic pursuits (including The Houston Ballet). I am personally proud of what we’re bringing to the mats, and I invite you to touch base with me on the ways this new programming can impact and improve your Warrior lifestyle!
Thanks for bringing this out. Every yoga I try is either to vinyasy or too narrowly focused. Comprehensive yoga is so needed.