Enhancing your movement repertoire one day at a time. Yoga Therapy and Bodywork was created in 2001 out of a need, a need for the continued study of progressive yoga asana and quality bodywork with a qualified and dedicated practitioner and teacher. Today the focus on functional movement and movement through awareness is the founding principle in our movement studio. With a focus on keeping you moving, people from all walks of life can benefit from the broad spectrum of classes we offer, from Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy, Feldenkrais, MovNat and general mobility work. We believe that Critical Alignment yoga taught on its own or in combination with other movement modalities is an affordable, practical fun and sustainable way to add novel movement and awareness to your daily life. All of our staff members have dedicated their lives to helping people like you, achieve greater freedom and live pain free lives.
Different from a typical physical therapists’ approach to healing, Yoga Therapy and Bodywork supports the belief that a pattern in the body can’t be changed until a level of relaxation and understanding is reached. There is always compensation in a movement pattern, rather than working to strengthen the weak area we look to relax and bring awareness to the tight overused area, coordinate a new movement pattern, and then stabilize surrounding muscles. Regardless of your mobility issues or level of yoga practice, you can use awareness to discover your tension areas that obstruct movement and create pain. It is our belief that until one is able to relate to and understand their own body, it is impossible to quiet the mind to allow change to occur. Through the parameters of consciously exploring reactions to movement and discomfort one can learn to relieve the body of chronic tension and strain. All too often “stretching” causes more tension or done incorrectly further injury, its not what you do but how you do it. How one moves and stretches is the key to sustainable mobility.
Merely” fixing “ an individual’s posture is not our goal This can impose a new more balanced norm and be helpful, but it also runs the risk of establishing a false ideal. There really is no “proper” or universally optimal posture or way of moving, because we will never use our bodies symmetrically . Resilience and vitality come not from preserving ideal postures but from constantly renewed challenge and change.