Boxer turned yogi Adam Husler has thousands of yoga teaching hours under his belt and is one of London’s most in-demand instructors. Having made his way to yoga via law school, the boxing ring and the occasional ultramarathon, his fascination with anatomy has translated into a unique form of teaching that focuses on alignment and full-body strength. Find him at Triyoga, Equinox clubs and Surrey Hills Physio, a family owned business tucked away in the grounds of Denbies Wine Estate in the Surrey Hills.
It wasn’t love at first sight. My first intro to yoga came while I was at university in Durham – free sessions were being offered as part of a ‘wellness month’, so I thought I’d give it a go. I wasn’t an immediate convert but realised some of the techniques could help with recovery from my boxing sessions and runs, so I carried on playing around with it in my bedroom a couple of evenings a week. When I finished uni and moved back to Birmingham, outside of work, every moment was spent in the boxing gym and I thought it was probably healthy to spend some time with people that weren’t trying to hit me, so decided a more formal, in-studio yoga practice could be the way to go. Safe to say I’ve never looked back.
Yoga is the perfect antidote to the physical and mental stresses of modern life. Physically, yoga can help a runner avoid tight legs, a desk worker avoid a hunched posture and an athlete stay open. If you’re in it for the long term, you may experience very significant changes to your way of being and way of interacting with the world. Most people start off with the physical side of yoga as a good access point, but over time shift focus to the philosophical and spiritual.
If you want to get strong, try vinyasa. My view is that yoga is a practice of balance, so from a physical perspective I encourage my students to cultivate both strength and flexibility. There are, however, styles of yoga that will get you significantly stronger faster, such as a vinyasa practice which includes focus on arm balances and handstands. In contrast, a yin or restorative practice will do little for strength building but is wonderful for recovery.