In-depth workshops

An intensive workshop, in which we analyze a specific asana, or one of the Critical Alignment props like the headstander or backbender.

Do you ever feel that you are running in a circle with your yoga practice?

“In Critical Alignment Yoga, we move away from practicing ‘to feel good’, and step into practicing to realize structural, positive change.” Gert van Leeuwen, founder CAY

In-depth asana practice

In this workshop, we will analyze specific asanas that are prone to compensational movements. These compensational movements occur when we try to reach the ‘perfect picture’ of an asana, but move around the source of our tension and stress to do so. In building up an asana slowly, step-by-step, we will confront ourselves with stiffness and tension, and observe why we move around it instead of through it. Only by observing and staying in the moment, we’ll feel that tension will let go and the body can open up for structural change. The result: a feeling of lightness, spaciousness and calmness; a true feeling of being at ease.

Introduction to the CAY props

In the workshops we learn how to safely use the headstander and backbender in our practice. These tools create a unique opportunity to release muscle tension and increase movement in the spine. After the use of these props you’ll typically feel longer, lighter and more at ease in your body. Often, students describe a feeling of relief, as structural tensions finally let go.

This workshop is specifically interesting for those, who feel on guard to use the CAY props. We’ll move slowly, with a lot of hands-on help and assistance. After this workshop you’ll know why and how we use these props and feel comfortable using them in your weekly classes or during your home practice.

The workshops will be a game-changer for your personal yoga practice!

The Benefits of Critical Alignment


NEW in 2020: CA In-depth workshop series

A deepening practice for yoga teachers and experienced CA practitioners (at least 2 months of CA Yoga practice) alike, these short workshop-series focus on a specific topic. The workshops build on top of each other, to deepen the experience. This is why it is not possible to attend one or part of the workshop-series only.

Workshop-Series around Topic: ‘5 Tension Lines’ / Starting Feb 1st, 2020

Tension lines are located in different areas of our backs. They are directly related to the spine, but their effect can be elsewhere in the body. Tension in one line can, therefore, have a direct effect on our posture, but also our mental/emotional well-being. Awareness of the tension lines, and understanding how to release them, add to a feeling of ease and lightness.

Through Critical Alignment you’ll learn how to:

  • Deepen your body awareness by identifying your unconscious habitual patterns, and see how these habits limit movement and become sources of back (related) pain, discomfort, stress, and even injury.
  • Interrupt unhealthy habitual patterns from the inside out, linking your body and mind through asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Restore crucial mobility and build up core strength and balance.
  • Refine your yoga practice (inversions, standing postures, forward bends, backbends, twists, and seated postures) through precise, subtle physiological adjustments.
  • Enhance a sense of freedom by bringing ease and lightness into your practice and ultimately into your life.

Next In-Depth CAY Workshops

NEW CA-Workshops in March and April 2020


Practice about Twisting Postures
(by Gert van Leeuwen)

Date: Saturday March 14, 1pm – 3.30pm

In twisting movements, we increase the mobility of the thoracic spine, neck, and shoulders. This enhances ease and lightness in the body. This workshop is great for those who:
– feel stiffness in the upper back and lack of movement in the spine
– want to improve their coordination of movement through the spine
– feel lack of stability in the lower back

Practice about Shoulderstand
(by Jacoline Norden)

Date: Saturday April 25, 1pm – 3.30pm

In the Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) we extend the upper back and release tension from our shoulders and neck. We also create a deep strength along our spine, in which we stabilize the lower back. This workshop is great for those who:
– feel lack of stability in the body
– suffer from chronic tension in the neck and shoulder area
– want to find out how relaxation is directly related to strength
Please note: 

This workshop has recently been recorded in Moscow (RU) and will be projected on the wall. Critical Alignment teacher Zita van Wees will be present to assist when needed and answer any questions. The workshops are suitable for beginner level yoga practitioners.

Both workshops are 50$
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377 1st Street, Los Altos, CA

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FAQs about Critical Alignment Yoga Classes

Do I need prior CAY-experience to participate in the in-depth workshops?

The workshops are open to yoga newbies as well as experienced yogini’s! Read more on the workshops here, or contact Zita with any other questions.

Where can I buy CAY props?

You can buy the props in the shop of the CAY website I have a small amount of CAY tools available for sales as well. Please contact me.

Where can I sign up for the workshop?

If you want to sign up for a workshop of Zita, please go to For private sessions, please contact Zita directly.

What is Critical Alignment Yoga?

To learn more about Critical Alignment Yoga, please visit here.

Happy Praises

“Zita is a phenomenal teacher. Thoughtful, knowledgeable, articulate – she gets you in and out of postures safely, accommodating your specific needs. Prior to her classes, I often felt like my spine was working in isolation. Now, I feel the muscles around the spine, I can feel the support around my movement. I’m excited to continue learning from Zita, everyone needs this strength!”

Maria Shen
Bay Area

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