March 25 , 2016 / 6 minutes, 45 seconds

Joining Justin on the Mat – More than Just Asana

Author: Annette K. Scott

Hello sweet community! My name is Justin Rockett. I am proud and ecstatic to be part of the Kodawari Studio family. I will be offering a variety of services including massage, personal training, healing breathwork sessions and small group fitness bootcamp classes but first I want to tell you about the two classes a week I’ll be teaching at the studio.

 

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Soften, Stretch & Strengthen at 9:30 on Monday mornings is a class I designed to specifically address and release chronic tension that accumulates from habitual patterns of movement and poor posture. As a result of my degree in Physical Therapy, precision and clarity are cornerstones of my teaching – I can assist you in becoming the master of your own body. Prior to getting into our asana practice we will facilitate muscle relaxation by using foam rollers for stabilization and core strengthening exercises and soft tissue release balls for that nagging painful area in your body…we will soften so that so we can stretch so that we can get down to business of strengthening!

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The second class I will be teaching is a Men’s Only Class at the same time a Women’s Only Class will be running on Friday nights at 5:45. After class, there will be a casual mix and mingle, jokingly known as “Hanging with my Ohmies” social hour. Perhaps your thinking, “Why separate the sexes? Isn’t yoga about union and community?” Well, yes it is! And yet, there is something powerful when a group of men come together to practice their yoga. Gathering a community of men for the sole purpose of a strong stand-alone practice lets us support one another on so many levels. Let’s be honest – physically, the man’s body is built differently than a women’s. And this class will be focused more on working on the manly physique in a less intimidating environment – you bendy girls you know who you are! For many men, taking the LuluLemon sweaty tights out of the picture also means less distraction. Most importantly, this class will be characterized by the traits men need in these changing times; integrity, courage, compassion, radical self-acceptance, and creativity.

Before I go much further, I want to share with you how I came to yoga. Growing up I was a competitive gymnast until the age of 14. After experiencing burnout from competing and feeling like I was too tall, I started taking dance classes at a local dance studio. I found a passion for breath and movement that deepened when a friend challenged me to a Bikram class and I was “introduced” to yoga.

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After a few classes, I discovered a Prana Flow class taught by an inspiring yoga teacher, Ashley Halley-MOVE. There was a creative flow of postures that connected intelligently and I felt like I was dancing again. The class helped me feel embodied, empowered and connected to something greater than myself. I was intrigued by how energy could either stimulate or calm, so I decided to deepen my practice and enrolled in Micheline Berry’s Prana Flow teacher training. I learned a great deal about the flow of life and how I could liberate myself with radical ideas of acceptance, compassion while discovering my life purpose. I now understand that a big part of my life’s purpose is to teach others how to be vulnerable and live authentically without fear of disapproval or rejection. When we accept ourselves wholeheartedly, we become a divine magnet for more love, peace, and happiness.

Yoga is more than a physical practice for me. For me, yoga is about observing my current state, showing up exactly as I am; distressed/content, fearful/confident, energized or exhausted and then accepting myself just as I am. I feel it is important to let go of the ego and realize that at any time, my current state can go from ecstatic bliss to a place of low energy and perhaps struggle. Yoga enables me to connect to my highest self as well as to other people and my community.

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I, like so many others I know, tend to burn the candle at both ends with going, doing, creating, and planning. In addition, my dosha (as identified in Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga) is Pitta-Vata dominant. I enjoy practicing many different styles of yoga including Acro Yoga, Naked Yoga, Budokon, and Power. I also know that Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and just plain old breath work are the types of yoga that help me to stay grounded, create balance and slow my mind down so my actions can in turn also be calm and grounded.

Thank you for letting me share my story and I look forward to seeing you on the mat at the studio! Namaste.

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