Open your body gently, yet deeply from the inside out. This approach is based in the ancient description of yoga mastery: "abandon all effort, and contemplate the infinite".
We literally release the bound up super-tight tension in the muscles attached to the spine - especially the uber-tight pelvic and thorasic muscles. This results a decompression of the whole spine, a realignment of the body, improved internal organ function, and a subtle body transformation and channel rejuvenation that easily "drops you in" to a deep inner experience of quietude, surrender, peace and self-awareness.
Precise angles, soft blankets as props, and hands-on adjustments ensure therapeutic poses that release deep layers of spinal tension. As a result of "core opening", blockages throughout the body dissolve while pain and old mental patterns melt away. Ancient teachings from the yoga tradition are woven into every class, and each class focuses on a particular theme.
No Sweat, No Mirrors, No Mat!
1) "No Sweat"
We use poses, props, and adjustments to cultivate a deep inner ease, and a physical effortlessness in the poses, starting with very supported, deep release poses for total surrender. Do you really need more training and experience in how to push, strive, force, and deplete yourself? In Deep Release Yoga, the goal is to foster an experience of total letting go - something like what a baby experiences when being held by a loving parent. The spinal release yoga approach encourages you to "let the pose do you"... to soften, to let go, to abide, to unfold, to unravel... to BE. Ultimately, when you learn this in fully supported restorative poses, we also teach you how to stand up, do Warrior Poses, go upside down and even flow through some vinyasa... but by the time you are ready for THAT, you are coming from a deep inner place of peace, connectedness, calm, and BE-ing, rather than a place of pushing, forcing, striving and sweating. You are truly in the zone - a meditative state even in the midst of movement and strength. And THAT'S how you learn to live your life as a yogi!
2) "No Mirrors"
Rather than the inner experience an unfoldment of self-awareness that is the goal of yoga, the mirrors that we commonly see in the fitness and yoga world today encourage an outward orientation, a focus on what the pose looks like. In Deep Release Yoga, we cultivate a non-competitive, inward-orientation. Plus, on top of it, yoga students in common yoga classes today use the teacher as a mirror to which they imitate or compare themselves! As the teacher or practitioner in a class or session, I am rarely (almost never!) doing the poses with the students... I am facilitating, teaching, demonstrating, and then helping one-on-one to ensure that the poses are safe, effective and therapeutically personalized. There is no "monkey see, monkey do" in classes and sessions in Deep Spinal Release Yoga - instead, you move effortlessly through YOUR OWN INNER EXPERIENCE.
3) "No Mat"
The yoga mat has become synonymous with achievement, coolness, and the hipster yogi image. Now you can get a green mat, bamboo mat, an expensive mat bag, and display your mat as a badge of yogi-identity. Again, this encourages an outward orientation, as well as a focus on the external. But more importantly - yoga mats are not always safe for students - in particular for the hypermobile body-types (who often love yoga!), the mat can cause a deceptive "ok" to pushing the body too far - past it's maximum stability and support. In Deep Spinal Release Yoga we use a floor and firm blankets to RELEASE, rather than STRETCH and to discover the true stability and support that comes from leaning into the (non-sticky) earth, the ground, and the inner physical support of one's own bone structure. Rather than "creating balance and stability" through core tension, strain and a sticky mat, we "discover balance and stability" by leaning into the bones of the body, and then from the bones into the earth! Just like God (or at least your parents) made you - sans sticky mat!