When I was training at Bulldog Muay Thai, what probably impressed me the most was the almost unnatural flexibility of these great big bulky fellows.
I can also say that the fighters at Team Lakay back in the Philippines, were extremely flexible: most of the guys I trained with could take their splits a whole lot farther than I could, for example. They were built fairly small, though.
Watching meaty six-foot-something, 200-plus-pound fighters stretch like gymnasts without batting an eyelash is something entirely different.
Yup, last week I talked about MMA-ing in Sydney before the start of the new year and I mentioned, sadly, my schedule wouldn’t allow for much training in January.
So here I am with old faithful: yoga at home.
I honestly haven’t done much of it at all in the past year–being so preoccupied with the martial arts–but I’m happy to be getting back into my practice with the challenge of taking my strength and flexibility to a new level.
Additionally, I don’t think my body will hate a spell of stretching and recovery and–on top of all that–what’s a fighter without flexibility?
It was probably a few years ago when I first discovered DoYogaWithMe and it has become a staple in my life since.
Classes are conveniently categorized by length into 0-20, 20-40, 40-60, and 60+ minutes and range in style from nice relaxing stretches to short energizing practices and lengthy, sweaty challenges.
In short, there’s no reason not to fit at least one of them into your day.
This month, my challenge is 21 yoga classes in 24 days, starting with the first one I did on January 8 and ending on the 31st.
Additionally, I’m pushing myself to move from intermediate to advanced and upping, among other things, my arm balance, headstand, and inversion game.
On www.doyogawithme.com, click “Yoga Classes” and you’ll see a bunch of this:
Without even creating an account, you can take almost every class (except the ones with an orange plus sign).
You can browse by difficulty, class length, style, and teacher to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Certainly one of my favorite instructors is Fiji McAlpine.
What I love about her classes is that they don’t just feel like and a nice stretch and some decent exercise; she always makes sure you feel the burn, whether it’s incorporating pushups in your sun salutations, holding plank or chair pose, or balancing on your arms for a spell.
She has amazing strength in her arms, legs, and core and inspires me to develop the same.
I also enjoy classes by Tracy Noseworthy as I love the flow in her classes and find her instructions very easy to follow.
I bought an audio recording of Sun Salutations III to keep on my phone for yoga-on-the-go. This sweet and simple 15-minute practice flows through an energizing series of sun salutations and Tracy’s instructions keep you focused on fluid breathing throughout.
You can make a free account if you’d like to save your favorite videos to your bookmarks, become a subscriber for access to premium videos, challenges, and programs, or choose to make a one-time donation to the platform.
You can also buy an audio file for $3, a small-screen video for $6, and a large-screen version for $9 if you’d like access to your favorite classes offline.
I’ll let you know how my challenge went at the end of the month.