During my college years I worked as a waitress. The restaurant had this great offer to get a gym membership with discount. So my former colleague and lovely friend Jill and I got a membership. I then started to take BodyBalance classes on a regular base. I guess we both liked the vibe and flow of the class and of course the sauna sessions afterwards!
After a while we switched to PowerYoga classes with Mandy Bolder that the gym offered, that’s where my yoga love and journey started. I switched from the gym to the yoga studio of Mandy at whom’s studio I just finished my teacher training. Ever since then I took yoga classes on and off. From once a month to weekly classes. Those college days were the times when I needed yoga the most and didn’t go regularly but that’s how life goes.
As of last year I started working out in the gym again and at the beginning of this year I joined the health-initiative: Personal Body Plan (PBP). I love the combination between yoga and lifting weights. Getting stronger but with proper breathing techniques. Stretching and going for it.
A while ago I saw an announcement for a BoxingYoga workshop at YogaHartHaren. Wow thats cool; boxing and yoga combined! I signed up, asked yogi Esther and Anita from my home studio to join. Esther and I went to the morning session and Anita joined us at the afternoon session. First of all we felt really welcomed at the studio, owned by Angela Gotlieb in Haren. I loved the painting of the word ‘namaste’ on the wall. After a short introduction of the teacher Froukje Heres we started the 90 min BoxingYoga class. Usually the duration is 60 min, but in this particular workshop we took some more time for explanation and much needed ‘childposes’.
BoxingYoga was developed by Matt Garcia, owner of a boxing club in London, and Kajza Ekberg, experienced yoga teacher. They felt the need to add yoga to the regular training routine of boxers. To prevent injuries, heal faster from injuries and to improve the quality of boxing. The BoxingYoga training has 12 rounds split up into four phases: warm-up, strength phase, mobility and cool down.
What an intense class, I felt all my muscles and my core was definitely more than turned ON. I mostly enjoyed the ‘flowy’ part of it. I loved the mobility round with twists and flows all from downward facing dog. It’s a real full body workout separated into different rounds. I must say I missed some centering and of course a well deserved shavasana as a yogi. I discussed this with Froukje and she told me that this training is mostly used for boxers right before their regular boxing training so they need to end the class quite energetically.
I think BoxingYoga is a great way for boxers to improve their training and prevent them from injuries. It would be nice to integrate or teach them some more breathing techniques as well. That has always helped me in the gym when it gets tough. It felt like a bit like a BodyBalance class, because there is one sequence that can be adapted for every level; beginner or experienced. For yogis it’s nice to fire up every once in a while, although I might say I got interested in taking a regular boxing technique class. So if anyone knows a great school in the Northern part of the Netherlands, let me know! 😉