YOGA ALIGNMENT: WHAT’S THE RIGHT WAY TO DO THE POSE?
Yoga Alignment has long been regarded as a way of keeping our body safe, but what is it and is it actually effective, important? Let’s first discuss what alignment is in the physical sense: it is the choice of how we choose to hold our bones in relationship to one another in any given shape. The key word I used there was “choice”. The problem that we have fallen into as a yoga community is that many believe and have preached that their is one right way to do a posture, claiming it will keep you safe, or simply saying “this is the right way.”
Truth is there are very few wrong ways to do a posture and hundreds of correct ways. Well what is correct and incorrect based on? More often than not it has been based on a shape, an aesthetic that may or may not be appropriate for any one individual. In my oipinion it would be better to focus on developing awareness of what our body needs to find greater balance in the muscular system. I like to look at everything as more of a spectrum rather than an incorrect or correct. This way if something falls on the extreme side of “dangerous” I can simply make the decision to avoid it understanding that the risk is probably not worth it. For example understanding the risk of shoulder impingement when dropping the shoulders in down dog, while it may not be wrong, its simply not worth the risk. If you aren’t familiar with what I am referring to, please check out these two blogs after this one to gain clarity:
- Stop Relaxing Your Shoulders Away from Your Ears
- 3 Steps to Avoid Shoulder Impingement in Downward Dog
IS ALIGNMENT IMPORTANT?
If you are looking at alignment as a correct and incorrect way of approaching the posture based on what it looks like on the outside, than it really isnt all that important to learn it unless you want some fancy instagram photo. HOWEVER, If you use alignment as a way of reflecting upon your muscular patterns, i.e. strengths, weaknesses, areas of tension, and so on, than Alignment can be super powerful in the transformation of your body. Trying a posture with multiple alignments will provide a platform for your self inquiry, and this is what the yoga practice is all about.
THE TWO STEPS
There are only two things you need to do if you want to bring health to your muscular system and advance your yoga practice!
- Learn your personal muscular patterns, which requires that you seak out your weak muscles, tight muscles, over stretched muscles, and develop an understanding of how your joints are interacting with these muscular patterns. Sounds compicated I know, this is why yoga has never been a self taught practice and we have teachers to help guide us. This is why I offer the Livestream Immersions each month – to help you develop your physical awareness, advance your practice, and ultimately transform your body.
- One you establish an understanding over your patterns, the next step is to do the exact opposite actions which will bring balance to the body. Balance in our muscular system alow our joints to ALIGN more optimally which simply means that we will have greater range of motion of our joints without causing a collision course of compression and friction which happens when our muscluar system is out of balance with itself.
The February 2020 Immersion titled “The Dance” is a unique immersion in that it is focused on helping you seak out movement patterns that may be holding your back from flowing gracefully in your yoga practice. If you are wanting to repattern the way you move on your mat, this is the livestream immersion for you! See All Livestream Immersions
Each month you have the oportunituy to enroll in 3 weekly classe! You will get lifetime and unlimited access to each of the classes. Should you choose to enroll you will also have the oportunity to view all classes as they stream live 3 days a week. Each month has a physical focus to help you gain targeted techniques and advance your body awareness.
Be a part of the community, after enrolling you have the chance to connect with members through our exclusive facebook group where you can get tips directly from me, Matt Giordano. You are encouraged to share photos and videos of your practice for personalized support.
I look forward to sharing this practice with you and helping you develop in a big way!
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE LIVE IMMERISONS
Matt‘s classes are phenomenal- if you ever have the ability to practice with him, make use of it!! He has a very unique talent of combining anatomy, yoga philosophy and his own perspective into a super intense package of knowledge which is fun AND easy to understand. I enjoyed the April immersion a lot as it was a great way of deepening my own practice and broadening my horizon, especially as the lifetime access allows you to take classes
as often as you want- trust me, you will want to take them again! I cant wait for next month’s classes and highly recommend everyone to take the May pass and joining in on the journey.
Covid_19 bought Matt into my home and my yoga practice. This last month I have learn’t so much it has deepened my practice and my understanding of the anatomy & biomechanics and how we use both in every asana we practice. He has also helped in my teaching, ie asking my students to think about the foot as a tripod “big toe, pinkie toe, heel ” I never imagined I would learn so much from the immersion.
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