| Ground down like EARTH
| Flow like WATER
| Build an inner FIRE
| Soften like AIR
| Create SPACE for something new
At Container Collective Yoga, you will likely hear the teachers cue students through the Baptiste Yoga Methodology of True North Alignment. These cues are the Baptiste Methodology of yoga anatomy and alignment. By simply doing the most ordinary movements this alignment creates greater depths, new edges, and different perspectives. Over time, these ordinary movements can create miracles. With consistent practice of True North Alignment you can work your way towards deeper folds, a more open back body, & a powerful posture.
True North Alignment cues address the various ways bones and muscles are activated in yoga. These cues also assist in exploring how different parts of the body can move and how those parts provide access to experience each pose in a new way! Curious what True North Alignment cues are, exactly? Check them out below & try them on for yourself.
| Feet on 12 o'clock
| Lift the 10 toes
| Spread the 10 toes
| Press the mound of each big toe down
| Press the center of each heel down
| Lift up
| Turn the inner ankles back
| Pull the leg muscles into the bones
| Pull the outer shins in
| Lift the front of the pelvis up towards the belly button
| Pull the pit of the belly into the spine
| Pull the shoulders up to your ears
| Expand out across the chest and upper back
| Pull the shoulders straight back
| Press the thoracic spine into the chest
True North Alignment affords the experience of creating & understanding the balance of effort (sthira) & ease (sukha) in mind, body, & spirit. As you move more efficiently in your yoga postures you may notice yourself feeling reinvigorated & empowered at the end of your practice. One of the most beneficial byproducts of implementing True North Alignment into your personal yoga practice is taking the methodology off the mat & into your daily life.