How many times have you or someone you know attended a somewhat slower, gentler yoga class…sometimes even billed as a restorative yoga class and yet come away feeling even tighter or more aware of the discomfort that you were hoping to relieve? There is a logical, physiological explanation for this phenomenon…a non-supported pose forces the body to tense muscles. MOST people already have more than enough tight muscles…and by putting more strain on these tight muscles, they will resist…tight muscles are weak muscles. We have come to inaccurately access the difference between a contracted or a stretched muscle. When muscles are contracted, they are in a state of resistance. The sensation of resistance has become synonymous with what we have erroneously termed as “a good stretch”. In order for muscles to stretch or elongate, they must be supple and soft.
Properly supported yoga poses allow muscles to release all tension, allowing the muscles to return to their natural, relaxed state. When a supported pose is held for a moderate amount of time, muscles will maintain this elongation or stretch. The most defining feature of Dantayama yoga is, “Support Equals Release”. Support is applied where needed, meeting the resistance of any tight muscles, resulting in a state of neutrality…referring to a state of neutrality of body and mind. In order to quiet the mind, we must quiet the body to access a deeper, sweeter sense of Self.
As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist for the last 35 years, I have had the good fortune of working with many different modalities and styles of yoga, including Indra Devi, Svaroopa, and Kundalini yoga. Through intuition and experience, I have integrated all that I have learned into a unique blend…Dantayama yoga, which incorporates aspects from each discipline. It has been and continues to be my dharma to share the teachings and insights that have been imparted to me, so that even more people are able to benefit.