The Critical Alignment Yoga method was invented by the Dutch yoga master Hert Van Lewen, who has been studying the work of the spine for 35 years, researching the patterns of back pain. Nevertheless, in Russia they started talking about him only six years ago - after Hurt took part in the annual conference YogaJournal, and began to practice - even later. Until now, lessons in this area can be found only in some Moscow studios, which, however, is understandable: in order to obtain a teaching license, you need to undergo training in therapy, yoga and attend at least one retreat under the guidance of a master - this usually takes about two years.
What is the uniqueness of the method? “It is based on a deep understanding of human anatomy, physiology, psychology - a kind of symbiosis of theory and practice,” explains Alevtina Latrygina, who teaches yoga of critical alignment in the Mind & Body studio, which opened in the Apothecary Garden, which opened in spring. - Unfortunately, almost everyone has back problems. Many people try different approaches, but are not satisfied with the result. Doctors say that you need to "pump your back", but do not specify how exactly. As a result, most people go to the gym, only making the situation worse."
Critical alignment involves working on four fronts: relaxation, movement (mobilization), coordination, and strength. “The first step sounds pretty nice, but according to Hurt, relaxation is not taking a horizontal position on the couch,” says Alevtina. "This is pressure with the help of special equipment - a plank, roller or backbender - on the surface layer of the muscles, which allows them to be softened and develop the plasticity of the spine." As a rule, the first meeting with the bar (and we are not talking about the exercise of the same name) can hardly be called pleasant - rather uncomfortable and even painful, but this is “the way to oneself, more relaxed and healthy”.
The next step, coordination, is one of the hardest. “Throughout our lives, we form movement habits, and they are not physiological at all,” explains the trainer. Teaching the body to move in a new way is not an easy task and requires remarkable patience from a person. “At first, the teacher’s instructions do not resonate in the body and the person is overwhelmed by a wave of indignation. It seems to him: since he does not feel, then he is doing everything wrong, even though it is not so."
And finally, the taming of the deepest postural muscles, the strongest and most enduring in the human body. "Access to their resources can only be gained by learning how to properly relax the tense external muscles that block the movement of the spine." And only after that - to accustom the body to a new precise alignment, due to which the correct balance occurs, and the movement in the spine is transmitted from vertebra to vertebra. “When all the vertebrae are active, the organs are also active: you can move without effort, finding pleasure in everything you do,” says Alevtina. And he assures: everyone who regularly practices yoga of critical alignment, forget about back pain as a nightmare.