What is Contemplative Practice Yoga®?
Contemplative Practice Yoga® is a gentle, therapeutically oriented style of yoga. This is not gym yoga. This is an integrative practice that reduces pain, decompresses tensions in your body, and gives you ease of movement.
The release of accumulated tension is the exact opposite of “core strengthening,” which actually creates more tension. Once you get this release, we teach you to move and use your body in ways that improve your balance and range of motion, and decrease physical tension as well as consequent mental fatigue.
Rather than “stretching” or “strengthening” muscles in the traditional sense, Contemplative Practice Yoga® specializes in releasing muscle tension.
The practices of Contemplative Practice Yoga® focus on the release of tension in muscles that attach to your spine – both in the front and the back of your body along your spine on each side.
Your strongest muscles are those that attach to the base of your spine. Tensions in these muscles pull your spine out of alignment — the root cause of much physical discomfort.
Once you get this release we teach you move and use your body in ways that decrease overall physical tension, as well as overall mental fatigue, created in part by physical tension.
Release of the tensions in the core of your body creates a corresponding calm in your mind – you naturally enter into a state of greater mental ease and tranquility – hence the name Contemplative Practice Yoga®. In each class or therapy session you experience ways to take that release and ease with you in all that you do — both in physical and mental activity.