This restorative style of yoga offers a doorway inside. Explore your true nature, the nature of the Self which is BLISS. Come dive into the ocean of bliss through postures that allow access into a deeper realm and ultimately a deeper awareness throughout the body and mind. This style of yoga invites you to welcome the art of “being” as opposed to “doing”.
The main premise of Dantayama yoga is “support equals release”…when you place the body in a position that causes straining and tension, the muscles that are holding the bones in place are now in a state of contraction. Muscles that are contracted are not able to elongate…this phenomena happens not just in a yoga pose (asana), but also simply standing, sitting or walking while engaging in poor posture. Over time, the structural alignment of your spine is impacted due to long periods of sitting at the computer, slouching, reading in bed, carrying a young child on your hip, etc., as the muscles that are working so hard continue to tighten and shorten, this may result in a malformation of the spine. Some of the more common conditions are kyphosis (rounding in upper back), lordosis (deep sway in lower back), scoliosis (curvature of the spine, either upper or lower, or both), or some form of misalignment that reinforces the muscles to contract…otherwise known as a vicious cycle.
When your muscles are able to recede and soften from the applied support, this creates longer, smoother, more resilient musculature that results in stronger, longer muscles. When the muscles are no longer straining, this will allow the bones to be aligned in their natural state. Instead of being plagued by aches and pains in your stiff body, you will be able to feel grounded and anchored with the freedom to move into whatever positions or poses you desire with ease and fluidity.
From the tailbone to the crown of the head…alignment is the key! Good posture promotes good health…allowing prana (life force) to flow freely throughout the chakras (energy centers) located along your spine, culminating in a renewed sense of aliveness!!