Yoga has been a great asset to my long history of physical activity. From gymnastics to dance to yoga I have always been active and I never practice the same thing twice. I’ve been a rebel against regimented styles that do the same thing each and every time. Although I have taught and taken Ashtanga, I’ve always complimented it with other yoga practices in order to keep things fresh and new.
The traditional yoga mat is an integral part of one’s practice, fashion statement and lifestyle yet also a limiting space for the body. In 2004 while working with a client who had a hard time comprehending the idea of swinging her legs on the floor while laying on her back it dawned on me that these “traditional yoga mats” are far too limiting. In fact they are damn near the size of coffins! The mat needed to be bigger and rounder so I created The Fuller Mat™. Even though I had been teaching since 1998 and practicing since 1996, yoga was still fairly new on the market. I had to search high and low to find a source for such a long and wide roll of sticky material that could be adaptive as a yoga mat. I was lucky to be able to get a small quantity and begin developing and practicing and teaching Fuller Yoga™ on The Fuller Mat™.
Since then using The Fuller Mat™ has blessed me with profound insights on postures and transitions that can not only open joints and muscles more thoroughly, but also develop patterns that help move a practitioner more easily into arm balances, back bends and twists that most people struggle with for years. My students have gained leaps and bounds in their flexibility and learned to trust the circles and patterns we work with. They can feel the right connection to what flows and what doesn’t both in their practice which then gets translated to their life.
In winter of 2015, I move Fuller Yoga™ out into the world by offering a week long retreat at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rice Feb. 8-14, 2015. We will be able to develop our practice with two yoga classes a day and also define space and flow for ourselves in practice and in life. For more details on the retreat please visit; https://fulleryoga.com/OurSite/retreatstrainingsJustine_Fuller_BioPic