What is Critical Alignment Yoga?
Critical Alignment is physical bodywork that goes deeper than just the physical body; it breaks through habitual patterns and creates a new body-mind awareness that will make you feel at ease.
The CAY practice aims to reveal areas of stress and tension in our body. The exercises mobilize the spine, release muscular tension and restore our innate mobility and strength. By working through stiff areas, you are facing not only your habitual patterns and physical structure, but also the way in which you interact with yourself and the world around you. Becoming conscious about these patterns opens up a freeway to release blockages and emotions, that not longer suit you. The results is a feeling of relieve, lightness and spaciousness in the body and the mind; a feeling of being totally at ease. Both on and off the yoga mat!
A Typical CAY Class
During the class we will work with typical CAY tools, such as the strip, the mat, the backbender and the headstander. By using gravity and body weight, we will be able to work on a deep physical level in the upper and lower back.
The class is especially, but not only, interesting for people with back (related) pain and stress symptoms. The practice will move slowly and precisely through the exercises, giving you the time to analyze your own movement patterns and effectively release stress and tensions from the body. Not only will we discover areas of tension, stress and limited movement, but also create new mobility, postural strength and a free breath. Students typically feel longer and lighter after the class, which results in a deep sensation of spaciousness and relaxation.
The Benefits of Critical Alignment Yoga
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.
ONLINE CRITICAL ALIGNMENT STUDIO
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, I have been focusing on creating an online database of classes, which you can find in my CA Online Studio.
The CA Therapy program focuses on single-exercise videos, which target specific areas in the body.
The CA Yoga Program contains full-length classes, with a variety of focus points and levels.
UPDATE JANUARY 2021
(times are shown in PST, please use The Time Converter for your local time)
THURSDAYS – 10.00 – 11.15 AM: Virtual Class
SATURDAYS – 10:30 – 11.45 AM: In-Person Class (outdoors in the parking lot at the backside of the yoga studio)
Please make sure to register for each class (both in-person and virtual) at Yoga Of Los Altos.
Please bring your own yoga mat, and CA props if you have them. We will provide the CA props, which will be thoroughly disinfected after each class.
Make sure to layer up, as the weather and temperature can change quickly. If you want to cover yourself in the savasana, please bring your own blanket. Please bring a mask. Your temperature will be taken upon arrival.
We also use the CA props for the virtual classes. If you don’t have them (all), try to bring 1-2 large towels, a meditation pillow/chair/bolster, a stack of books, a small yoga block, and a rope/tie).
Yoga of Los Altos, 377 1st Street, Los Altos, CA
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FAQs about Critical Alignment Yoga Classes
How do I sign up for your class?
Where can I learn more about Zita?
Zita van Wees is a certified Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy teacher. She has intensively studied with founder Gert van Leeuwen. Please read more on her background here.
How much does a class cost?
Where can I learn more about Critical Alignment?
On the website www.criticalalignment.com you’ll find more in-depth information on Critical Alignment and founder Gert van Leeuwen. Please look for the menu item ‘English’ to head to the English section of the website (as the rest is in Dutch). Also interesting to watch are the video’s on CAY props and the introduction to Critical Alignment philosophy by Gert van Leeuwen.
Become a ‘C.A.Y. with Zita’-insider!
Each month, and truly only once a month, I’ll send you an email with inspiration, education and tips. It’ll be about practicing Critical Alignment Yoga based movements, exercises and consciousness, both on and off the yoga mat. So you can live actively and completely at ease!
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