In addition to teaching yoga, I am also a certified posture analyst in the Egoscue Method®, a non-surgical approach to musculoskeletal pain relief developed by Pete Egoscue in the 1970s. The core principle of Egoscue is that the human body is designed for movement, not the sedentary lives most of us currently lead. When we don’t move, we begin (over time) to develop dysfunctional movement patterns and compensations that can contribute to injury and pain. The solution? Bring movement back into our daily lives and learn to move with structural integrity and alignment. The method is an excellent complement to the yoga I teach because Egoscue work
- is tailored to each individual student’s needs and circumstances;
- borrows a number of its “e-cises” from yoga postures;
- stresses our capacity to heal ourselves through observation, awareness, and diligent practice;
- sees the body as a balanced whole, not as an assemblage of broken parts;
- supports a healthy spine, capable of movement in all planes of motion;
- promotes the functional transfer of weight, and right relationship of joints, muscles, and bones within the body; and,
- facilitates a deeper connection to breath, which is considered integral to the daily movement menu a student receives.
As a certified analyst, I can help you identify and begin to unravel the movement patterns that may be causing you discomfort. Discovering and eliminating these habits can have a profound effect not just on the practice of yoga postures, but in all activities of daily living. Postural work, like yoga has the power to transform us.
"Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings."