Fitness: Yoga - Moving With Intention
by Ryan Halvorson - originally appeared in IDEA Fitness Journal - Jan 2007
Conduit for Greater Consciousness:
Rehabilitation through Yoga.
Brian Buturla teaches his students the magic of moving with intention.
Brian Buturla’s journey into health and wellness began in his
teenage years. “I was in sad shape—malnourished, overweight, socially isolated
and bewildered,” he says.“I knew I needed help so I joined a health club and had the
good fortune to meet a gifted trainer.” Buturla noticed changes both inside and
out, which ignited a desire to learn more about health and fitness so that he might
share this information—and inspiration— with others.He has since dedicated
his life to understanding the various methodologies, theories and practices of
fitness and wellness—from tai chi to yoga to corrective exercise—so he can provide
the best possible services for each individual who steps inside his studio.
After suffering a broken collarbone, he shifted
his exercise routines to focus solely on yoga.“Yoga was the only thing that could
completely and totally rehabilitate my whole self,” he recalls. After discovering
amazing results from his practice, he decided to further his studies and went on
to graduate from the Kripalu School of Yoga.“By 2005, I had delivered over 4,000
private, customized hatha yoga sessions to individuals who wanted more for
themselves,” he says.“Specifically, to individuals who wanted to lose weight, correct
complex physiological injuries and get into the best mental and physical
shape of their lives. These men and women also had another common trait;
they all wanted to improve and/or change their personal energy levels.”
A Catalyst for Change.
“I train whoever God brings through the door,”
Buturla states. “Today on my schedule I have a pregnant female, a 9-year-old boy
with cystic fibrosis, a phenomenally inshape 40-year-old housewife and a man
in his 50s who once played football for Michigan State.” Later that evening, he
says, he will teach intermediate vinyasa yoga to a class made up of dancers and
“gentlemen who install swimming pools for a living.”
Despite the diversity of his students,
Buturla finds that they are unified by one common bond: each individual seeks his
assistance with hopes of gaining greater insight into his or her own spirituality for
a more holistic approach to health and fitness. These people “know that there is
more out there in terms of professionally coached mind-body personal and developmental
training techniques,” he says. “To focus one’s individual fitness program
on sets, reps and form is so 90s.”
“Fitness today is more about how free you can be with
your entire body, not about how much steel you can push or pull,” Buturla says.
“The concept of strength is evolving.”He finds that his unique path allows him the
freedom to provide a variety of methods for each of his students to explore.“My
students (who are my best friends) like this because all day, every day, they are
forced to live in the world of corporate business rules, laws, regulations and formalities.
They come to my house to play tai chi, qigong, yoga and [play] with the
Cybex training equipment. They want knowledge and they want the best of both
Eastern and Western training techniques and disciplines.”The bottom line for this
trainer, however, is to help others to find methods for achieving greater balance
and joy in each of his students’ lives. “Raising the bar beyond comprehension
is what my career is all about,” he says. “I like to push it and see how much I can get
people to live in a constant state of samadhi, or bliss. This concept is known
as kaivalya and is really what I sell, teach and preach day in and out to my friends
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