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 decompresses tensions in your body thereby diminishing discomfort while teaching you new ways to find 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.
As your physical tensions diminish, you naturally enter into a state of greater mental ease and tranquility—hence the name Contemplative Practice Yoga®. In each class you will experience and discover ways to take that ease with you into all of your physical and mental activity.
What is Contemplative Practice Yoga Therapy®?
Contemplative Practice Yoga® Therapy and our use of the term Yoga Therapy with respect to our courses and training is not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Yoga Therapy is not physical therapy. We never push you, exhaust you, or ask you to do anything that is painful, or use exercise machines. This gentle therapy alleviates pain when no other therapies or medical interventions have helped and when surgery is not indicated.
The anatomical principles in which Contemplative Practice Yoga® therapy differ from physical therapy. We focus on releasing (not stretching) the deep tensions in the core of your body. This is not a work-out and what we teach you are not physical therapy exercises. What we do ensures that you are comfortable and at ease throughout a session.
All Yoga Therapy sessions are private, one-on-one sessions or semi-private (two people). In this way we address your particular problems or pain. Every yoga therapy protocol includes giving you a practice to do for yourself—a practice specific to your body, abilities, needs and time constraints. We teach you how to keep yourself out of pain so that you are not dependent on a therapist.
Yoga Therapy may use one of two techniques or a combination of both in any given session, depending on your needs. The two techniques are:
1. Yoga Poses (Asanas)
You are assisted through a gentle series of therapeutic poses specific your level of ability, needs, and comfort. These are selected to release tension and alleviate pain.
Each pose is fully supported. You are completely comfortable, allowing for opening and softening into the pose, rather than forcing or imposing the pose upon your body.
This is a gentle, tranquil process.
2. Quintessence Yoga Therapy™
The benefits of Yoga Therapy are:
- Reduces pain — acute and chronic
- Releases chronic tensions throughout your body
- Helps relieve stress and stress-related conditions throughout your body
- Helps to balance your immune system
- Quiets your mind, thereby allowing greater peace of mind