My interest in yoga is based, in large part, in my search for a way to keep doing the things I enjoy doing and to repair some of the long-term wear and tear that I’ve caused my body over the years. Two decades of an active-duty Army career, much of which was spent jumping from planes (and landing..ouch) coupled with several marathons and countless hours in weight rooms (never ever stretching) had left me with what I’d come to believe was the “typical” aches and pains that come with age and a lifetime of doing crazy stuff.
Last summer I started Jiu Jitsu and really loved it, however I was really challenged with nagging injuries and my general lack of flexibility really hampered my ability to be effective in certain positions. In early December my Jiu Jitsu partner and I decided to try a Saturday morning Sumits class with Nicole. The heat was challenging, my balance and flexibility was horrible and I was totally and absolutely hooked! In the month and a half since my flexibility has dramatically improved, my balance is much better and, most of all, those aches and pains are essentially history! Yoga is part of my daily routine now and my only regret is not having started sooner! I truly appreciate the Sumits staff and the patience of the awesome instructors (I FINALLY figured out how to turn my wrist for the standing bow – usually.. ).
Yoga has been a great complement to my Jiu Jitsu and my life, in general. I’d recommend it to anyone at any age!