Marcus was a client of mine who came to me for Pilates classes. However we did very little Pilates and focused on his acute lack of flexibility, through mobility and yoga. He wore very high heels for work every day (yes men also have high heels on their every day working shoes!) and explained to me how he tore his hamstring not once, but twice. He had had a wee bit too much to drink and challenged a girl outside a bar to a race. He lost. He did not warm up and never stretched a day in his life, but was proud of how hard he could box and how hard his personal trainer worked him. What was he thinking! I think after watching my expression, he decided not to tell me how it happened the second time. It took months of painful massage and ball rolling to get rid of some of the scar tissue and cajole the hamstrings back to a somewhat normal length. I was not a YTU teacher at the time, but now he’s adding a daily shot (pun intended) of Asymmetrical Uttanasana.
Yasmen, a native of India came to the United States to train as a ballet and modern dancer. Yasmen was the Artistic Director and choreographer for the California Contemporary Dancers for 16 years, touring nationally and internationally. She became a competitive short track speedskater after that and is the current gold medalist in the State of California. Speedskating brought her to CrossFit in 2009, and she is Endurance, Mobility, and Level 1 certified for CrossFit as well as YTU Certified. She wants to make a difference through her work with people from different walks of life.