Leah Kim Blog

I think most of you know by now that I am Nike’s Global Yoga Ambassador and Head Trainer for their new yoga program, Nike Dynamic Yoga (NDY). Suffice it to say, I am so honored and excited!!

My main work with Nike has been teaching NDY, leading teacher trainings in China and Europe, and being featured online and in their training manual and DVD. You can have a glimpse of all of this on my Facebook page (leah.beyoga). If you’re not on FB, click here for photos. For those of you in HK, there is a big Nike Yoga exhibit in Langham Place shopping center, with the DVD playing on the TVs. The event runs through 5 Nov. Check it out if you happen to be in the area!

Nike has recently launched the online yoga content, which you can view 2 ways:

1) The simpler route: for a preview
Select one of the featured athletes, i.e. Monyca Byrne Wickey. As her video plays, to the immediate Right, you’ll see boxes you can click on. You can sample some clips with me!

2) The longer route: to download the workouts & to create your own program (Note: Safari seems to like the Nike site better than Firefox.)
Click Get Started, you can skip Creating a Mini (although it’s kinda cute!), and then select Dynamic Yoga. Keep following the steps, LOGIN, and you’ll have your own little yoga program you can do at home. There is an itunes app for this, but the yoga section hasn’t yet launched. Check back in November!

Nike Dynamic Yoga is inspired by athletes and the way they move, which usually happens to be quite different from how yoga asks you to move. Nike wanted to offer athletes a way to incorporate yoga into their training, in a language and method that their bodies could understand. While it was created with the athlete in mind, it’s great for beginners and also for longtime yogis looking to spice up their practice.

For me personally, NDY challenges my endurance and my strength in a different way from just holding a pose. The dynamic movement reminds me of the fluid movements in Prana Flow, but done in a more “conventionally athletic” way. For those of you that have a difficult time getting into certain poses that require a lot of flexibility and joint mobility, the unique dynamic movements you’ll find in NDY will probably help make these poses more feasible.

Deep intelligence and understanding of the body serves as the foundation for the NDY movements; it’s not simply about sit, breathe, and be patient. It’s also not about spin this that way or rotate that this way. (Although those methods definitely serve their purpose as well!) The language and technique of NDY are very simple, making yoga more accessible to more people. This is my most favorite thing about it!

As with all yoga and movement practices, NDY is ultimately a celebration of the body and of yourself. So I hope you enjoy and have fun with it! Let me know if you have any questions.

Oh, and if you’re interested, Nike has a complete line of new yoga clothes which should be in all stores now / soon. I must say I am very impressed with the quick drying-ness of their DriFit fabric, and they have some great colors and styles. (Plug, plug, plug… )

Aside from all this, I’ve recently started teaching at The Four Seasons in Hong Kong, and I’m absolutely lovin’ it! The yoga studio and spa are so beautiful and serene; it’s a really sweet environment. Anyone is welcome, so let me know if you’re ever interested in joining a class.

Please feel free to pass this on.

With big love,
Leah

Comment by Daniela Lopez, Friday 13th August 2010 @ 04:37

Hi Leah! I’m a student who loves to train all kind of sports specially yoga. I usually use my yoga pants from Bindi Designs when I am training, approx 3 times per week. Do you have any recommendations of other good quality yoga pants that are not only comfortable but also nice looking?

I believe that Nike’s contribution to launch online yoga content is interesting. Health issues are one of the main topics nowadays in society and it’s great that big companies such as Nike are starting to realize more about the potential of creating a balance in their products.

Comment by leah, Wednesday 2nd March 2011 @ 22:33

Hi! I’m hoping I replied to you via email, but in case I didn’t—
Nike’s dri-fit fabric is THE BEST, and they have some cute yoga styles as well.
Otherwise, checkout Yoga Tribe & Culture or Be Present. Let me know how you go! xo

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