Modern Western bodies benefit from a yoga style that eliminates strain on the back while building strength and increasing range of motion.
Yoga originated in a culture where people tended to relax on their haunches or sit cross-legged on the ground. These postures develop core strength and the ability to keep a neutral spine from a very young age.
But modern Western bodies spend a lot of time sitting in chairs and in vehicles, often slouching or leaning in ways that pull our spines out of alignment and put strain on the neck and lower back. The modern Western body combines muscle and structural weakness in the abs, back, and neck with long-term unconscious ways of sitting, standing, and moving — even if we are otherwise fit or athletic.
The 10 Principles of Gabriel’s Yoga Therapy blend the wisdom of traditional yoga with the modern understanding of biomechanics and functional fitness, respecting the challenges and abilities of the modern Western body.
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