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Interview with Scott Marin

An Interview with Scott Marin, USA Yoga Senior Men’s Champion 2015 & 2016


  • What got you started practicing yoga?  About 15 years ago and before I started doing yoga, I developed pretty sore knees and hips from decades of running. My wife, Karen, had been doing yoga at a fitness center, and she invited me to attend a class. I found hatha yoga to be a great fitness program, and my joints improved. 

  • How do you train for the competition?  Several Bikram beginner classes a week, a weekly Bikram advanced class, daily early morning warm up practice at home, and senior teacher seminars as available. 

  • How do you approach your practice when you aren't training for competition?  I found training to be a tradeoff between slow improvement and injury. Attempting rapid improvement doesn't work for me and usually results in injury. My training practice is a slight adjustment of ongoing practice to emphasize the competition poses and to practice the competition routine; however, I've found that it's important to maintain a base set of poses and to do other forms of exercise to give all muscles and joints attention. 

  • How has participating in the championship affected your practice? Championship practice has raised my level of yoga knowledge and skill substantially. Competition exposes one to many advanced poses and advanced practitioners. I enjoy the training because of the feeling of accomplishment and the feeling of being in good physical shape. The actual competition is also enjoyable do to the stress management practice, comaradery, and excitement. 

  • Has yoga change how you think of your body?   I'm certainly more aware of body changes when something isn't right, and I'm more aware when the body feels good.

  • Yoga has a "young and flexible" image.  What advice do you have for older people who are considering yoga?  It seems to me that, Yoga has lots of similarities to the physical therapy that older folks get at nursing homes or that folks get after recovering from illness. The common elements are doing postures to improve flexibility, balance, and strength. Many of the postures for yoga are the same as for physical therapy. Yoga at any age is good, Yoga is generally cheaper than paying for physical therapy and yoga can continue after physical therapy ends. Even after doing a few simple yoga poses for a few days, one soon notices that doing things like putting on shoes, picking something up off the floor, or getting up from sitting in a chair are much easier. With ongoing yoga practice, doing tasks such as working under a car, lifting boxes, climbing stairs, cutting tree limbs, and recovering from injury are much easier than without doing yoga. I encourage anyone at any age to do yoga. There are many ways to start. One can ask a yoga practitioner for help, attend a class, watch a DVD, read a book, or pull from the Internet.

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