Adam got into yoga as a way to correct muscle imbalances developed after years of weight-lifting and boxing. He's now teaching classes and hosting international events. He sat down with Innermost to explain why yoga isn't just for girls and why locking himself into a remote cabin is on his bucket list.
"My workouts used to consist of boxing, lifting and running; all of which led to muscle imbalances, aches and pains. Fixing this was the reason I decided to get into yoga. It didn’t take long for my body to respond, leaving me feeling stronger and more flexible than I’d felt in years. There were unexpected benefits too, namely the sense of calm and perspective it gave me. It also encouraged me to be more careful about my nutrition and understand its role in my overall well-being. It's been 9 years since I started yoga and I’m now teaching classes, alongside hosting international events and workshops. I'd recommend everyone try yoga. I’m confident that if you give it a chance, it won’t be long before you’re recommending it to others just as I am to you.” - Adam
Favourite Innermost Blend & Booster?
The Health Protein post-workout. It’s vegan, lactose-free, and contains Japanese mushrooms and dark berries full of antioxidants. The Detox Booster mixed with hot water or blended into a smoothie. Amazing combination of ingredients for a natural detox.
What's your hustle?
Facilitating others in a journey of self-enquiry, via teaching anatomically focused, non-dogmatic yoga classes that feature controlled movement, mindfulness and mobility; strength and flexibility combined. If that can take me to lots of countries and cool places on the way - win, win!
What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
My big weights, long runs and boxing days are part of history now, so beyond my yoga practice, healthy living come from putting good stuff in my body and trying to take on London with my single speed daily. Walking the dog is a nice little touch to finish me off at 11pm and get me going at 6am!
Best health/fitness advice you've been given?
Focus on performance more than you focus on how good you look in the gym mirror. I don’t have the eight-pack anymore but can utilise the core so much more!
I have two. Pre-early morning class I’ll get some fruit, nuts and coffee in me. Then I rush home for something that contains some combination of eggs, avocado, spinach and good bread... and maybe a little macchiato.
Biggest health vice?
Red wine. A good bottle of red is life’s nectar...!
Your last workout?
My last good workout featured some bodyweight shoulder strengthening and stabilising drills to create a strong foundation for my arm balances and inversions. One the sweat was dripping, I did exactly the opposite and loosened up those same muscles. Flexibility combined with strength is the aim!
Three things on your bucket list?
At some point I need to lock myself in a cabin for a month, somewhere cold and remote, with a crate of good books. Doing the same in a Zen Temple would be nice to add to the list too, which would be similar, but with less fiction. Finally, I’ve walked 800km once, but would love to head on a walk over 1500km... maybe to the temple or the cabin!
Favourite inspirational quote/words?
“In the depth of winter, there lays within me an invincible summer” - Albert Camus.