Interested in improving flexibility?
With Smart yogi MCP (muscle control and proprioception), you get 6 routines each focusing on a particular awareness or muscle control technique.
This program has been specifically designed to make it easy to learn to feel and control your body. It takes into account the challenges some students have learning to feel their body. And so, the routines are sequenced so that learning to feel your body, and control it, is easy, no matter what your current experience level.
All of these techniques have different benefits, and so even though one is taught before another, you can use all techniques interchangeably once you've learned them.
Being flexible isn't about forcing your body into whatever shape you are trying to achieve. It involves noticing how your body feels or is at any given moment in time and responding to what you feel. You then can move intelligently into the shape you are trying to achieve.
With these different awareness and muscle control techniques, you'll have different options for how you operate your body.
Each technique involves slightly different muscle activations, so even within the same yoga practice, you may find that changing techniques gives you an opportunity to actively rest, to rest by doing something different.
Smart yogi MCP could be used as a natural progression from the previous two programs, however, it has also been designed so that you can jump right in.
If you are interested in improving flexibility, MCP includes the techniques that I've used to improve flexibility. Note that no single technique seems to work in all cases, and that's another benefit of the MCP approach. You learn a variety of techniques, and on any given day you can use the technique that feels best for helping you to improve the flexibility of a particular body part.
In the process, you'll also learn how to improve muscle strength. And underlying it all you'll learn to get a better feel for your body as well as a better understanding of how you can use it.
Smart yogi programs are designed to make you a smarter yogi in the way that you use your body. The main reason for focusing on muscle control and proprioception is that you can use them in any activity. And so another way get improved flexibility is in your ability to use your body with awareness in any activity that you do. A large portion of the exercises in this program focus on using your connection with the earth in different ways. Through this practice, you'll improve your awareness of touch (as well as your awareness of your muscles). And these are qualities that you can utilize in any physical activity.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is another way of being present. You can also think of it as being in the flow or simply noticing what is happening now. A big advantage of being mindful is that it can lead to better performance. You notice what is happening as it happens, as a result, you can respond earlier and more effectively.
All of the exercises in the Smart Yogi MCP are instructed in such a way that you can easily be mindful while doing them. A key element for all exercises is moving smoothly and slowly. You can also find a rhythm in the exercises. That rhythm can vary from day to day, but when you play with the rhythm you may find that the exercises turn into moving meditations. You may find that they feel pleasant or at the very least they make it easier to stop thinking.
Explore your body
With Smart yogi MCP, you'll learn to feel your body and as a result, you may find that you can then start exploring your body. The exercises offer a simple means for you to explore your body and notice meaningful reference points. It's muscle activation and the associated connective tissue tension that gives you access to these reference points. From there you can begin to explore your body and that's what can make the Smart yogi approach interesting and engaging. It also makes it quite valuable since you are then learning to become your own teacher.
The routines each focus on a particular aspect of awareness and/or muscle control. They are each in video format with an accompanying quick reference PDF.
Action Vectors (MCP1)
Foot Exercises (MCP2)
Frictional Resistance (MCP3)
Focused Floor Pressing (MCP4)
Muscle Control (MCP5-1 and MCP5-2)
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