11.11.15

Joga! Joga! Joga!

JOGA PARTY

One day while scrolling through random Instagram pictures, I came across what looked like football players doing yoga on a football field. That’s interesting, I thought to myself. After some trolling and research, I saw that this instructor out of Toronto, Jana Webb, was teaching yoga to athletes. As a believer in multiple modality training, I was curious to see what she was doing with these big-bodied athletes.

BKVIS-JOGA-2I have practically zero yoga experience. I think I have taken five classes in my life, with two or three of them being Bikram. While I appreciate the discipline and control required to be a good yogi, my body had a hard time “flowing” from pose to pose. I also thought my body was built different compared to other yoga bodies in the room. As a 205-pound man, I’m not super stretchy compared to most yogis. Plus, yoga bored the shit out of me. I was fine never doing it again.

But, Joga looked different. In simple math, Jocks + Yoga = Joga. If there was ever a yoga style that appealed to me, this was it. When I saw that Joga was coming to Chicago for an early-October seminar, I had to do it. I am a believer in working on weaknesses, and yoga knowledge was a definite weakness of mine. It was time to check my ego at the door and learn something new!

No team I ever played on incorporated yoga. While I personally see the value in it, most strength coaches do not use it in their repotoire. So, I wondered how Jana and Alena Harkensson convince their players to add Joga. Their website features testimonials from prominent athletes in the NHL, MLB, and CFL, amongst others. Obviously, to keep their attention, they must be doing something right.

BKVIS-JOGA-1When we rolled out the mats, it was clear from minute one that I was in for a personal battle. As we went through the Joga system, I was shocked at how difficult it was for me to stabilize in these positions. As Jana explained, one major difference between yoga and Joga is that Joga incorporates holds plus movement. I spent most of the time stabilizing part of me while moving a different part of me — just like in sports! It was new and exhausting. By the end of day one my muscles were so fatigued I could barely hold myself up. My entire body felt worked and my core was toast.

Day 2 was more of the same. I struggled through the movement patterns and the weakness in my adductors was thoroughly exposed. Still, my stabilizers were fried and my brain was mush. For most workouts, I can squeeze out another rep or fight hard for 10 more seconds until it’s over. With Joga, I had no clue when the workout was over or how many more movements were left. I could not pace myself as I did not know the pace. The unknown reality was a huge mental toughness booster as it made me focus on the present moment. To compare the experience to baseball, one move at a time = one breath at a time = one pitch at a time = one game at a time. A great reminder to be present.

BKVIS-JOGA-3I felt myself getting better by the final day. After two days, I was more aware of the patterns and the flow. While the training was still difficult, I had a better understanding of what should be happening and a better understanding of how my body should be working in space. I have a long way to go before becoming a “Joga master,” but I feel my Joga foundation has been built. I have incorporated Joga with my own workouts; with my clients; at TrainChicago; and as part of the judo warmup. Thank you Jana, for making me part of the Joga World!

55 Comments

  1. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Good facts. Cheers!

    viagra ischemia viagra and nitroglycern
    buy viagra
    why women shouldnt take viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  2. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Many thanks, A lot of posts.

    novocaine medications mixed with viagra side effects of viagra
    buy generic viagra
    tramadol viagra fetal monitor online pharmacy – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  3. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely put. .

    find sites computer shop viagra href which works better viagra or cilas
    viagra 100mg
    does viagra have an expiration date – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  4. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You have made your point extremely effectively!!

    most effective ways to use viagra viagra user
    buy viagra
    viagra idiots – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  5. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Very good knowledge. With thanks.

    viagra project for viagra sites find search computer
    buy viagra
    lani lane viagra – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  6. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With thanks! A good amount of write ups.

    cheapest viagra in the world combining levitra and viagra
    generic viagra 100mg
    nature’s viagra – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  7. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually explained this wonderfully.

    viagra drug store pfizer drug viagra
    viagra without a doctors prescription
    mixing daily cialis with viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  8. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fine facts. Thanks a lot.

    viagra cutting the pills in half snorting viagra
    generic viagra online
    viagra stories real people’s experiences pharmacy – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  9. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put. Appreciate it.

    viagra free sites charles linskaill alerts fake uk viagra
    viagra online
    how to buy viagra from home – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  10. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You explained that fantastically!

    viagra priapism cialis comparison diflucan viagra
    generic viagra 100mg
    homopathic viagra – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  11. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually stated this terrifically!

    alpha blockers viagra viagra marketing tools
    buy viagra online
    edinburgh moo tid pages viagra search – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  12. AndrewRew
    07.25.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Terrific posts. With thanks!

    viagra diazide vasoderm better than viagra
    buy generic viagra
    doctor millington tn viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  13. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Kudos. I value it!

    max viagra dose viagra logo
    generic viagra online
    fun with viagra – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  14. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Great info. Appreciate it.

    viagra and nitrous oxide viagra herpal
    buy viagra
    green dot viagra board – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  15. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You said it nicely..

    free health viagra penis newsletters an effective natural alternative to viagra
    buy generic viagra
    cheapest viagra online in the uk – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  16. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Lovely write ups. Thank you.

    what about generic viagra viagra on sle
    viagra generic
    lowest price viagra america – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  17. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely expressed. .

    viagra child birth viagra and nitro treatments
    generic viagra
    le viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  18. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually suggested it perfectly!

    viagra pharmacy sales london viagra dependence
    viagra pills
    when does viagra go off patent – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  19. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You’ve made the point.

    cheapest price for viagra viagras by vbulletin intitle view profile
    generic viagra online
    chasity and viagra – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  20. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic material, Many thanks.

    viagra online australia foreign pharmacy viagra
    generic viagra online
    drugs like viagra – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  21. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Many thanks. An abundance of posts.

    best price on viagra from canada woman takes viagra
    viagra pills
    brunette commercial viagra – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  22. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Amazing write ups. Thank you.

    coupon for viagra pfizer cheap generic substitute viagra
    viagra generic
    funny viagra names – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  23. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks, Loads of forum posts.

    2cialis levitra viagra vs vs peyronie’s disease and viagra
    generic viagra
    viagra additative – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  24. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Point certainly considered!.

    order forms for buying viagra viagra free sites find computer
    viagra pills
    risks of using viagra for recreation – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  25. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually expressed this adequately!

    viagra death viagra dhea
    viagra online
    what is a viagra overdose – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  26. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually suggested that fantastically.

    tramadol viagra cialis viagra ranbaxy cheap
    viagra generic
    viagra head quarters – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  27. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thank you! Numerous posts.

    viagra end of copyright reduce headache when taking viagra
    viagra for sale uk
    viagra generic mastercard precription – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  28. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Appreciate it! An abundance of forum posts!

    comprar viagra brasil viagra per day
    cheap viagra
    50 mg viagra retail price – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  29. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks a lot. I like it!

    viagra for the heart buy viagra cheap fed ex
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    prices in uk viagra – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  30. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Wow a lot of terrific information.

    viagra supplier in the uk viagra and musse together
    generic viagra 100mg
    gernic viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  31. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Wonderful stuff. Thanks!

    edinburgh uk news pages viagra penis pictures after taking viagra
    viagra generic
    how to buy viagra on line – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  32. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Cheers. I value this!

    fedex viagra no prescription viagra no doctor canada
    buy viagra
    buy viagra cheap online – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  33. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic postings. Many thanks!

    rapid release viagra tablets find search computer sites viagra
    viagra pills
    natural alternatives to viagra – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  34. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic info. Cheers.

    viagra dogal viagra dog year old
    viagra for sale uk
    cheap viagra credit – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  35. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thank you. A lot of forum posts!

    viagra testimonials from wifes viagra cialas levitra comparison
    cheap viagra
    viagra us patent – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  36. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Useful content. Cheers.

    warning get free viagra now viagra frm canada
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    viagra paxil – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  37. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually mentioned that superbly.

    cheap viagra overnight delivery free sample of viagra without prescription
    viagra online
    viagra safe for trying to conceive – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  38. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Wonderful facts, With thanks.

    brand viagra viagra or 100mg
    generic viagra online
    charles linskaill find viagra free – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  39. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely said. .

    wall mart drugs viagra viagra journalism
    generic viagra 100mg
    levitra compared to viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  40. AndrewRew
    07.26.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Cheers, Terrific stuff!

    dicloxacil viagra interaction european viagra ad
    viagra for women
    cfnm viagra test – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  41. AndrewRew
    07.27.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Useful info. Thank you.

    viagra post haste viagra and simular
    viagra 100mg
    viagra and prostate cancer – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  42. AndrewRew
    07.27.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You’ve made your position very effectively..

    free trial of generic viagra the viagra alternative
    generic viagra 100mg
    celais and viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  43. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually stated that very well!

    penegra generic viagra silagra cumwithuscom buy viagra in london england
    viagra 100mg
    compare viagra to cialis and levitra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  44. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Really many of helpful info!

    fed oysters viagra viagra propecia propecia xenical xenical celebrex
    viagra online
    viagra ukraine – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  45. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Really a good deal of good data.

    face turns red after viagra generic viagra substitute
    viagra for sale uk
    3 caverta veega generic viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  46. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With thanks! Useful information.

    viagra oz source viagra
    viagra for sale uk
    generic brand for viagra – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  47. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Superb facts. Regards!

    viagra sacramento url links viagra blood-pressure een van
    generic viagra online
    discount viagra uk – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  48. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You said it adequately.!

    viagra find search edinburgh soft celery and viagra
    buy generic viagra
    viagra online issues – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  49. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Whoa many of helpful material!

    viagra generico impotencia buy online viagra in the uk
    viagra 100mg
    prescription for viagra in canada – https://genericviagramsl.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  50. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put. Appreciate it!

    viagra success pictures viagra sample pack
    viagra online
    official viagra – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  51. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually said it effectively.

    generic viagra online uk does old viagra still work
    buy viagra online
    viagra sterility – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  52. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You revealed it well!

    can viagra pills be split viagra medicare part d
    generic viagra 100mg
    zocor alternative viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  53. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Amazing facts, Regards!

    viagra prices baltimore viagra for poor
    viagra online
    too young for viagra – https://genericviagrarcp.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  54. AndrewRew
    07.28.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Wonderful facts. Kudos!

    viagra dog year old buy viagra pills cheeer
    viagra for sale uk
    viagra generic equivalent – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply
  55. AndrewRew
    07.29.19

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks, Terrific information.

    charlie sheen viagra scary movie scary movie 4 viagra
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    viagra alternative herbal supplement – https://genericviagrantx.com

    DavidByday
    Terencegax
    Victorsat

    Reply

Leave a Reply