What is YogAlign?
YogAlign is . . .
- Yoga practice for optimal alignment using painless and safe body positions and poses
- Unique breathing techniques that tone the core and align posture from the inside out
- Self-massage to stimulate blood flow, nourish tissues and increase kinesthetic awareness
- Fascial freedom of the connective tissue web – a major determinant of our posture, movement and even our moods
- Full body flexibility/strength balance techniques that simultaneously increase efficiency of muscle chains and functional ROM (range of motion)
- Neuromuscular re-patterning techniques encoding aligned posture at the nervous system level
- Activating the psoas/diaphragm connection for core centered movement, enhanced breathing, organ support, and emotional balance
- Global body awareness and ability to meditate in movement directing consciousness in the present moment
- Kindness, compassion and non-judgment towards self and others
- Impeccable in thoughts, speech, and actions
Good Posture with YogAlign
Aligned Posture Is the Focus of YogAlign
What naturally aligned posture does ……
- Opens up biological pathways that increase feelings of happiness
- Keeps your energy level high and can boost confidence
- Lowers fear, depression and anxiety
- Makes you more productive
- Optimizes breathing and movements
- Supports optimal functioning of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, elimination, immune, respiratory, digestion, muscular and fascial system
YogAlign Core dog strengthens naturally aligned posture habits
Get your kid body back
YogAlign creates efficient wiring in the nervous system programs responsible for signaling muscle and fascia fibers how and when to contract. YogAlign is easy for anyone of any age or fitness level. Students report that they feel energized, youthful and lifted in the very first class. We call it getting your kid body back.
Babies have good posture because they have not yet been forced to sit in chairs in a right angle body position.
What is fascia and how does it affect posture?
Fascia Research Congress defines fascia as all collagenous fibrous connective tissues that can be seen as elements of a body-wide tensional force transmission network. Most fascia tissue is composed of collagen except for a few elastin fibers and together they link every part of your body together as one cohesive structure.On the left is an example of muscle/fascia forces in balance. This is the superficial front or flexor line with the opposing line of pull; the superficial back or extensor line. In the Western world, very few people actually have naturally aligned posture and healthy muscle/fascia patterning that looks like this.
Poor Posture is Epidemic
There is an epidemic of poor posture in the Western world; most people shrink in height and go forward into the C-shape spine as they age. Some of the many disorders linked to this C-shaped postural dysfunction are depression, anxiety, weight gain, chronic pain, headaches, osteo-arthritis, vertigo, vision disorders, joint failures, incontinence, digestion, and premature aging
Poor posture is now common in teenagers
Why you don’t need to do straight leg forward bending to stretch out your back and hamstrings
Eighty percent of people complain of tight back muscles and have the belief that stretching forward with knees straight (as in yoga forward bends) will make the back longer or less tight feeling.
However most of the time, the back and hamstring muscles are not short and tight at all but they are tense because most people are too far forward in their sitting posture. Most back and leg muscles are tense and locked long and actually need movements that will recruit them to shorten.
In yoga forward bends and toe touching with straight knees, there is a stretch reflex that comes on automatically that removes tension in tissues to prevent injury. This automatic reflex provides a false sense of relief for about 20 minutes after stretching forward that fools many people into believing the back actually gets longer or less ‘tight’. In YogAlign you learn that it simply makes no anatomical sense to try and stretch out parts of your body while putting the spine in a C-shape and putting joint structures at risk.
Flexibility can be a liability
Hypermobile yoga teacher who gained joint stability and eliminated back pain with YogAlign
If you have very loose and mobile joints, you are in more danger because you may not feel pain or tension in positions that should feel restricted. Joint tissue is more avascular then our skin or our muscles, lacking in blood flow and afferent or sensory nerves. This means that you may not feel any ‘damage or pain’ but in the long run, ligament tissue that is not designed to stretch becomes lax, making joints unstable.
Lisa corrected her alignment with YogAlign and her chronic knee pain disappeared
Women get 80% of all hip surgeries
Women get 80% of all hip surgeries in the US and quite possibly the biggest reason could be laxity in the joint itself. Women are naturally more flexible than men and have hormones that create more laxity in the hips during pregnancy and childbirth. Practicing hip openers and forward bends can create even more laxity in the hips, sacrum and spinal column. Ligament tension is necessary for stability as these joints assist us in being upright. These are some of the biggest reasons for the injuries and hip joint surgeries that are becoming more frequent in the yoga world.
Passive Stretching does not make your body perform better
Everyone seems to believe that we need to ‘stretch our muscles’ in order to improve body performance or flexibility. However, research is revealing that pulling on individual muscle bodies does not help them function better.
“Stretching is not a biological-physiological necessity but perhaps a socio-cultural construct. Indeed it seems that only humans engage is regular, systematic stretching. Passive stretching cannot improve active control as it only engages the sensory component of the movement system.”
Eyal Lederman, ( 2015, Fascia in Sport and Movement)
YogAlign gives you back ‘lost real estate’ in your body.
Breathe Your Way to a Pain-free life
As you gain the tools that will connect all parts of your body with better oxygenation, nutrition and proper alignment, the bio-intelligence can then heal the joint tissues that have become thin, damaged or arthritic. The best way to do YogAlign is to walk, run, dance or move with a focus on maintaining upright posture. Eventually naturally aligned posture becomes innate and just the way you are naturally…. without effort.
With YogAlign you can get back into good posture without painful positions, compressive twists or toe touching poses. You can literally breathe your way to a pain-free life.