It seems like there are always new kinds of yoga popping up around the world. From beer yoga to rage yoga and goat yoga, it's hard to keep up with it all. Clubbell yoga may sound like yet another fleeting trend, but it actually has some real substance to it.
We spoke to Summer Huntington, MS, founder of clubbell yoga and director of Yoga RMAX International, who explained what this system of movement is all about. "Clubbell Yoga is strength training infused into Vinyasa yoga," she told POPSUGAR. "Imagine holding a three-pound or five-pound club (modeled after ancient Indian clubs and gadas — weapons used to train warriors for battle) and floating through poses and transitions."
Not only are you going through traditional yoga postures, but you're also strengthening all the major muscles in the body and toning up from head to toe. "What makes clubbell yoga unique is that we train under a light load with a strong emphasis on creating torque in every single conditioning exercise," Summer said. "It's a performance, biomechanics, and kinesiology approach to strengthening your yoga practice, with yoga-specific transitions that are complex, fun, and make you feel like a warrior goddess going to battle every time." Steel clubs range in length but are usually about 12 inches long.
Summer says a typical 20-minute interval clubbell yoga workout uses exercises in a superset format, "alternating between glute work, arm endurance, core, and more." There's a conditioning circuit she does with her students that's "ideal for stress reduction, balancing hormones, and lowering cortisol levels." She added, "There are [more than] 40 clubbell yoga conditioning exercises that will drastically tone your arms, core, and glutes — and literally transform your body in a matter of weeks."
"First timers usually leave class feeling like they got a full-body fascial [of the thin, fibrous tissue enclosing your muscles and organs] massage, finding mobility they didn't know they had," Summer concluded. "The next day, they feel like they worked hip and shoulder muscles they had no idea existed. It wakes up all the sleepy muscles that tend to turn off in a regular yoga class, and kicks your ass gently into full performance mode."
Sounds pretty good to us! If you're interested in trying out a class, Summer teaches clubbell yoga seminars and events all around the world. You can also check out this instructor locator page and see if there's a teacher who lives near you.
Want an immersive experience of clubbell yoga? "You may want to check out the Flow State Summit in Bellingham, WA, this July 27-29," Summer told POPSUGAR. She and steel mace expert Leo Savage will be teaching different flow methods, and you'll also get the chance to learn Acro yoga, stand-up paddleboarding yoga, and handstand preparation. Complete with live DJs and music until 2 a.m. every night, "this event is the only one of its kind."