Welcome to Built By Yoga
Sometime back in 2009ish, I found myself asking Dr. Google how to improve flexibility for martial arts. And that’s what led me into yoga.
My first class was NOT what I was expecting…
Figured we’d just be stretching and call it a day.
Man. Was I wrong!
In a room heated like a sauna – I was wrung out like a rag! With all of the lunging, twisting, folding, balancing, and movement involved – sweat was pouring out of me in buckets.
But afterwards, I felt incredible!
Definitely energized. And my mind felt clear. The stress of my day had just washed away.
Thought to myself,
That was incredible. And I need to do more of it!
Why Everybody Should Do Yoga
Fast forward a handful of years and I would experience the physical, mental, and emotional pain of tearing my ACL in half.
Yeah… that sucked (but we’ll save that story for another time)...
But I will say this, though:
That experience scared the crap outta me.
I spent weeks on the couch. Immobilized. And that was enough to kickstart some action.
Because that’s when I realized it: I’d better take care of my body. Especially healing it and strengthening the muscles protecting my joints.
What I discovered, however… Was SO much more…
Why Built By Yoga?
As I began practicing yoga, I was noticing how certain poses or movements could help me based on my body’s needs. And could assist for other lifestyle activities.
For example, pigeon pose would be helpful for opening up my hips (great for jiu-jitsu). And following up some deadlifts, a Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose is a good way to stretch your hamstrings. And alleviate lower back tension.
Not only that… But I used to be terribly inflexible. By adding yoga, it brought about serious improvements in flexility and for my total body Range of Motion (ROM).
- “What the hell have you been doing for such muscular control?”
- “How can I become more flexible?”
- “How do I get that kind of Range of Motion!?”
- “These hamstrings are locked tight! Give me some stretches to help!”
I’d tell them I’ve been doing yoga! And that they should get into it.
Most often, they would proceed to tell me about how “that stuff is too woo-woo” for them. Or they don’t resonate with the teachers talking about things like chakras or bandhas.
Which is fair. And it’s why this site is different from most yoga sites out there…
Built By Yoga is Different
Built By Yoga exists to help you move your body. To provide a modern, holistic approach to your fitness, health, and wellness. So you can develop strength and flexibility in your body. And wash away some of that stress you deal with.
It’s yoga for the athletically minded folks.
Listen, I don’t care whether you are vegan, or enjoy eating an 8oz Sirloin. Personally, I’ll take the Sirloin. And I’m not here to guide you on a spiritual journey. I’m just going to push you through movements that challenge your body and mind.
So you can get stronger. In body and in mind!
Baptiste said something about taking Yoga down from its spiritual mountain top and making it more accessible for all. I liked that.
That’s kinda what I’m doing. However, I am also adding in calisthenics and stepping outside of traditional yoga postures.
Right now, this website is a bit of a work in progress. Would love it if you check back often, however. Cool stuff in the works. And I do publish articles from time to time.
And if you haven’t yet, you should head over and subscribe to the Built By Yoga YouTube Channel.
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