As you may know, this Clubbell Yoga thing has gone international pretty quick. I wanted to interview Coach Iain Wisdom, owner of Flight Skool in Australia, whom I had the honor of meeting in person last March at FlowFit in Vegas. He will be hosting the upcoming Clubbell Yoga seminar in Brisbane this October 18/19. VIP registration has been extended until August 1st, so get registered asap!
Summer: Tell us about how you found CST and brought it all the way to Australia?
Iain Wisdom: I guess like most people, I 'discovered' Scott and his work on YouTube; and I fell in love! So there was no question that I needed to become a certified trainer in CST & TACFIT. This took me to the US, where I met Scott and the RMAX Team. We discussed getting Scott back to Australia (it had been a long break since his previous visits)...The rest, as they say, is history.
Summer: So you own a Flight Skool, with Antigravity Yoga... What is it like pioneering that style alongside TACFIT?
Iain Wisdom: The name 'Flight Skool' is my own; although I do have to credit my friend Ragahunath's infamous 'Flight School' classes in NYC. But Flight Skool was always about my journey back from injury. Having experienced a total mental, emotional and physical meltdown, AntiGravity (and CHEK) gave me physical space and movement capacity that I hadn't had for many years (I have prolapsed lower lumbar discs and degeneration of the facet joints; AntiGravity prepared me to 'close the chain' and get involved with TACFIT (for which i am eternally grateful). Particularly helpful was the alignment and structural integration required when working with the Clubbell, as well as the fluid 6D of movement in the Prasara sequences (although it has to be said i still struggle with those - I actually think Prasara Yoga is Scott's best work).
Summer: What interests you about Clubbell Yoga, or why is it a good fit for you studio?
Iain Wisdom: Personally, I have always struggled with floor-based yoga; not least because of my back injury, but more so because i am further down the 'flexibility' spectrum than most. But what I find most intriguing about this fusion is the way the Clubbell is used to 'steer' the body into correct alignment. Being straight and true and unambiguous, the Clubbell somehow guides the body to easeful structure through extension, lifting and grounding, simultaneously. Also being able to 'cantilever' poses like skandasana, gives me opening in the hips, where perhaps I might have compromised the low back. I can see lots of potential for healing and rehabilitation within this modally. Excited to learn more when you're here :)
(note; I studied under Alison West and Deberoh Wolk at Yoga Union in NYC; they specialise in yoga for back care and scoliosis...I would love to know how Alsion would take to the Clubbell's use....they are heavy prop users because they deal with some quite restricted people - they have a Harrington rods class, as an example...their method is Iyengar-esque, but quiet open to alternative styles).
Summer: What's the yoga scene like in OZ (note: don't hold back, we want the truth!)
Iain Wisdom: Saturated. Within a 2km radius of Flight Skool (here in West End , Brisbane), there are 16 yoga schools, 12 pilates studios, 6 dojo's and at least four 24 hour gyms....you either look at that defensively or you take the 'centre of excellence' perspective.. Sydney is really the epicentre for yoga in Australia and i think there is a lot of variety in what is offered - although I don't see the same level of quality of teaching as i have experienced in say, NYC. Australians don't really go in for 'show-boating' and thus we don't have the culture of super-star yogis that you do in the US, but we recently saw the arrival here of the Wanderlust brand, so maybe that will all change
Summer: Thank you Iain Wisdom for doing this interview and for rallying the troops in Brisbane for Clubbell Yoga this fall. You are a pioneer in many ways and I look forward to working with you again.
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