As a yoga therapist, Annie has always been a big proponent of alignment, form, and technique. Yet, she understands that, as soon as any one of us thinks we’ve got it “right”, we can be sure we're actually "stuck" in our way of thinking about the body. This is because conceptualizing the flesh in terms of right and wrong or good and bad has a limiting effect on the way we move. When we are "stuck" in the way we think about the body, we’re also stuck in the way that we move it. Beliefs and value judgements can become a trap and like all things natural and wild, the body cannot thrive when imprisoned even if merely by the mind. Alignment and movement are meant to liberate, not imprison us.
Yoga and movement is not a one-size-fits-all undertaking. It’s a moving, breathing, natural, wild practice that aught to adapt and change in order to thrive. The key to physical health is diversity of movement. Anything repeated with too great a frequency, even a healthy practice (even yoga), may result in stagnation. As natural beings, we are tasked with the responsibility of constant exploration. Patterns, however healthy at the onset, may become a cage. Every body needs natural movement, and natural movement is a diversity of movement.
Without shaking up the routine a little, without introducing other forms of movement to explore the muscles and joints in different ways, yoga enthusiasts might end up taking a forced vacation from their beloved mats and grappling with a lot of pain. If this has happened to you, or if you feel you're getting stuck, gently break through your shackles by narrowing or widening your hands in down dog, maybe even take off across the floor in down dog! Jump up and down a little in warrior. Twist in and out of revolved triangle. Just begin exploring ways of diversifying your yoga practice. You may find this highly exhilarating and quite liberating. This is Primal Vinyasa™.