1.The Origins of the PranaVayu Core Alignment System
2.The Mechanics of Alignment
Three forces that affect your postures
B.The Balance of Tension and Compression
Balancing the Tensile and Compressive Axes
Finding your center of mass
1. The Central Axis
Finding Your Central Axis
2. The Compressive Axis
3.The Tensile Axis
To find the tensile axis
4.Putting it All Together: The Bicycle Chain
Step one - Establish the Foundation
4. Hold your weight as close to the base as possible
Step Two - Soften
Step Three: Center
Step Four: Radiate
5.The 9 Action Lines: Refining Our Alignment
Alignment from Tadasana
2. The Femur Line
3. Pelvic/Thoracic Line
Engaging the sacral line from tadasana:
5.The Abdominal Line
6. Rib Line
To align from tadasana:
8. Shoulder Line
To align the skull from tadasana:
General Application of the Nine Lines of Energy
Why do we soften?
How do we soften?
What does it mean to radiate?
Principles of Forward Folds
What is beneficial about forward folding?
Forward fold FAQ:
What causes the spine to round in a forward fold?
Why does the spine round in a forward fold?
Should beginning students counternutate as well?
Principles of Backbending:
Def: What is a backbend?
How do I use the nine lines of energy to align a backbend?
Backbend FAQ: What types of injuries contraindicate a
Why does tucking the tail create lower back pain?
How does the pelvis move in backbends?
Principles of side bending
What is a side bending posture?
What are the benefits of side bending?
Set the foundation and soften
Center - use the following action lines to deepen
Side Bending FAQ
What types of things should I note when side bending?
Principles of twists
What is a spinal twist?
What are the benefits of twists?
What types of things should I note when twisting?
How do I help my students avoid this?
What do I do with the three blocks when twisting?
Twist from the abdomen
General Tips for Teaching Alignment