What should I expect from a Critical Alignment class?
Critical Alignment classes work through sequences that follow a relaxation-coordination-movement-strength progression.
Restorative and introductory classes focus on relaxation and coordination, in preparation for movement and strength. Yoga classes focus on movement and strength, using relaxation and coordination exercises to set the scene.
These classes are not power yoga, so you don't need to prepare for fast-paced, dynamic movements. Healthy dynamism follows from the strong foundation we build in class.
Do I need to have yoga or meditation experience?
The short answer is: no! There is no experience required. Critical Alignment takes a methodical approach, so you'll be able to jump right in. There are numerous variations and benefits no matter your starting point.
That said, if you are a dedicated yoga practitioner, or interested in becoming one, the concepts you will learn in Critical Alignment classes transfer directly to other styles of yoga. You might find that we do some variations on poses that diverge from what you've learned in other classes. I do my best to point out situations when Critical Alignment cues vary from common cues in, for example, Vinyasa classes (e.g. tucking vs not tucking the tailbone) and explain why. If you have any questions during class, feel free to ask - others might be wondering the same thing!
How should I prepare for classes?
It's best to allow at least an hour between a large meal and class. That said, you don't want to show up hungry, either!
Coming to class doesn't need to be stressful or feel like an obligation. Consider the systems you can set up to make it as easy and convenient as possible to make it to class on time and feeling relaxed. Examples include organising your clothing, etc. in advance, blocking out the time in your diary, walking to the studio to calm your thoughts, and so on.
What should I bring?
Comfortable, loose-fitting or stretchy clothes are best. The studio is heated, but bring a warm layer to make sure you can relax in restorative poses.
A water bottle is always a good one.
Where are the classes located?
Hobart Breathing Space, 13b Goulburn St., Hobart
I'm nervous about coming to the first class, as I'm unsure whether Critical Alignment will be right for me or my situation. What should I do?
Make sure you've checked out the rest of this website to make sure this method resonates. On the one hand, it can be slow and deliberate. On the other, it can involve strengthening underused areas, which can feel strenuous or uncomfortable (which, of course, improves over time). A helpful lesson I heard once: if I feel lazy or resistant about doing yoga/stretching, in general, or a specific pose, in particular, that's probably when I need it most.
If you have specific questions about your background or situation, please, please, please don't hesitate to get in touch. A pre-activity questionnaire helps with learning a bit about you, including any injuries or limitations you're working through. If you would like extra time in person, you can book a private session before class starts to make sure you feel comfortable on Day 1.
Is Critical Alignment a medical thing?
It is not medical as such. There is a sound basis for the approach based on the many combined years of experience of those teaching this method. But as with any physical activity, visit your physician or other licenced medical practitioner if you need to, and be mindful of their recommendations. Critical Alignment, and yoga in general, can be a great part of a balanced and healthy life and can have wonderful benefits if practiced carefully and purposefully. Critical Alignment can be considered as a restorative approach to physical activity, through its capacity to release strain and work through the habits that have created strain in the first place. That includes working mindfully with pre-existing conditions.