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Progressive Yoga:
the Map, Torch and Compass through Stress

Progressive Joga exerciseSome people create their own storm and get upset when the hurricane destroys their home. Your training choices wreak havoc on your body, so you look for tranquil respites from the storm. You try to rest, and you can’t. You try to sleep, and it’s not helping. You try yoga, and you can’t get into the positions, and probably have gotten hurt from doing it.

The most dangerous communication problem we have with our body is that we don’t listen to it to understand; we only scream commands over the quiet messages it feeds back.

You add stress. Your body sends you feedback on how you’re specifically absorbing that stress; and you adapt, positively or negatively. Most of you are adding stress, without doing what’s necessary to recover from it. You may be exercising more, and getting less positive results (and more negative). You try to stop exercising, and that seems to work, as long as you don’t start again. But when you do, the pains and injuries return.

You add yoga. It hurts, or maybe it just does nothing at all. It feels and looks alien to you. The language is silly, the coaching cues are fluffy and the class population looks more like a rehabilitative clinic than a health modality.

Progressive Joga exerciseTraditional yoga is, by definition, not for you. You are either for it, for the tradition, or you’re not ready, and are “diluting” the tradition. You can’t progress with yoga, unless you have a progressive approach, and not a “tradition” of doing yoga a particular way.

Most people are taught to impose some artificial notion of “best yoga,” so your body sends you messages until they become alarms, called pain. Most ignore these warnings until it’s too late and then complain about the surprise injuries. Both the teacher and the student are to blame.

Some good yoga teachers will explain that entering and exiting yoga poses are the most dangerous part of the practice. They’re half correct. In reality, there isn’t a pose that you’re ever in. Since your breath guides your practice, you’re only ever in an ebb and flow, entering and exiting. There’s no point where you’re “in” a pose, as you’re only ever deepening or shallowing a transition.

For the modern individual, with a high stress job, finances, activities, and frankly “real” concerns on time, only a Progressive yoga will let you compensate for the challenges of your lifestyle, so that you can respond to the warning signals of postural dysfunction, muscular tightness, and hormonal imbalance before your body adapts to these problems.

Warnings are only the last messages to arrive. An entire conversation of feedback happens from the very first and every single stressor. You just can’t get across the street to the “Pose” of yoga, until you go around the block, step by step through the neighborhood of your tightness, restrictions and compensations.

If you listen to your internal messages, you can adjust your yoga for the explicit purpose of functionally adapting to all the stressors in your life, especially exercise stress, and you minimize dysfunctional adaptation. You get more out of when you exercise, work or play, with less undesired outcomes (like tightness, soreness, aches and restrictions).

Progressive yoga doesn’t give you commands to impose upon your adaptation. Progressive yoga gives you instructions to listen to your own signal rather than to create more noisy chatter.

Renowned Flow Coach, Scott B. Sonnon, started teaching “Progressive Yoga” nearly two decades ago as he had been taught by the stress physiologists, special operations trainers and Olympic coaches in the former USSR. Discarding any tradition, he has taken his scientific, practical education and directed yoga to its usable, functional purpose:

When you can navigate all of the stressors in your life, exertional, occupational, hormonal, interpersonal and intrapersonal, you create a conspiracy of success within yourself: all stress can create functional adaptation. Actually, the more stress the better you become… IF you’re able to progress from it. You are an entire team of neural and chemical messages for positive potential, and as a result a higher quality of life.

You’re capable of directing all of the stress in your life into a positive physical adaptation; even the most difficult stresses. But you have to listen and interact with the feedback your body gives you moment to moment, organize your yoga progress for the specific purpose of optimal adaptation.

Progressive yoga has spread throughout the highest stress occupations, surgeons, operators, pilots, tactical first responders, hostage negotiators, etc… It has proliferated, because yoga was never the goal. Progress was. How can you progress from the stress in your life, and become a better, stronger, healthier person from anything you encounter in life? Progressive yoga is your map, your torch and your compass.

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Q&A

Q: Why should I choose Progressive Yoga?

A: If you’re tight, athletic or practical minded and looking for a non-traditional approach to yoga, Progressive Yoga is your system. Based on science, and without any cultural reference or religious methods, this purely physical approach to restoring resting length to tight muscles and connective tissue is perfect for people who need a no-nonsense, time-efficient, comprehensive, and practical method of resetting the body.

Q: Is Progressive Yoga an acceptable program for someone considerably older than their 20’s or 30s?

A: Progressive Yoga was designed for those who’re “heavily compensated” – that means people who have done a lot of physical activities, or done without a lot of physical activity for a long time. If you’re highly athletic and young, or mostly over-worked and older, similar problems occur: you’re tight. Progressive Yoga as a result is for everyone who wants to progress in their yoga, and not be stuck trying to perform a particular style that wasn’t designed for their current tight condition.

Q: I am new to exercise. Can I still use this program?

A: If you’re new to exercise, this is the ideal program to start, because it’s designed to take you through step-by-step from the first to the last, without skipping or rushing. In fact, that’s really the science behind Progressive Yoga, as Scott B. Sonnon developed it to address those who may have not been given an opportunity to exercise in this way before.

Q: When will this program begin working for me?

A: From the end of the first week, you’ll feel different. Most people have suffered chronic muscle tightness for so long that they won’t believe how much additional energy they’ll have once that burden of tension is lifted. You’ll almost-instantly feel more energetic, because you’ll be doing everything at less (metabolic) cost. You’ll be more efficient, and more effortless. That’s just simple science.

Q: Is this some sort of traditional yoga thing where I have to get involved with a religion or spiritual practice?

A: Absolutely not. In fact, it’s the cultural and religious baggage that have stopped so many people from physical relief. Once cultural and religious references are removed from the purely physical process of exercise, then the benefits are available to everyone. Removing everything that’s cultural or religious DID change the practice. It isn’t really similar to traditional yoga, because the system’s organized around your physical benefits, not around “energy center” opening or chanting. Progressive Yoga is highly criticized as “over-simplified exercise for tight people who don’t learn anything about Hinduism” – we agree; and actually that was the goal.

Q: Do I need any equipment for this program?

A: Bring a towel, water bottle, and for one of the exercises a stability ball. (Only Required for Series E)

Q: Is it possible that Progressive Yoga can be too hard for me?

A: The first level of each program is accessible to almost everyone.

Q: Can I use other fitness programs in conjunction with Progressive Yoga?

A: Absolutely, you can use Progressive Yoga as an off/recovery day. You can use the first two rounds of each exercise as a warm-up, and the last round as a cool-down.

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The Progressive Yoga Series is comprised of 5 Programs A-E, each of which was respectively featured in one of the following TACFIT Programs- BAD45 (Series A and B), TACFIT CSORE (Series C), TACFIT MedBall PDS (Series D), TACFIT Sandbag ARM (Series E).

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