No matter what name you decide to call it, there are movements and static holds that say an awful lot about you. People who can plank, perform a lever, pop out a muscle up, hold a crow and get into the plough – are special.
Mastery of the asanas commonly associated with modern day yoga, if combined with the famous moves associated with gymnastic strength: the human flag, the lever, the muscle up and the planche, begins the process of building awesome human beings. At CFLDN’s Crossfit Londons Bethnal Greens facility we want all our athletes to learn how to control and manipulate external weights through regimes such as power and Olympic lifting while at the same time learning to control and manipulate their own body weight.
Competency in these moves and the bodyweight ones in particular appear at a unique human cross-section. It’s where strength meets agility, flexibility, balance, endurance and mental calmness embraced within the mastery of technique.
Our Gymnastic-based classes represent an amazing challenge. There are, after all, gifts of health and vitality to be harvested. However, there is a private hell to pass through as each stage is learned: perhaps only made tolerable by working with other committed, lovely people.
There is another key that underpins the value of an asana, gymnastic-based process. You only learn cool moves one step at a time. In a world that worships ease convenience and instant gratification, there is a value in learning how to play the long game.
It develops grit.
It just makes you a better person.