The 3 A’s
Attitude: The power of the heart as the force behind every action or expansion in an asana
Alignment: The mindful awareness of how various parts of ourselves are integrated and interconnected.
Action: The natural flow of energy in the body, which provides both stability and joyful freedom.
Universal Principles of Alignment
Opening to Grace: There is beauty in everyone and everything; we are all divine. The attitude of open-mindedness and a lot of heart. For asana practice, it refers to “inner body bright”, “outer body soft” and “side body long.”
Muscular Energy: A drawing of energy from the periphery of the body into a central location in the body, called a Focal Point. In simple terms, it’s about engaging your muscles to increase stability, strength, and physical integration in the pose.
Inner Spiral: An expanding energy spiral. In the legs it runs from the feet up through the pelvis into the waistline area to rotate the legs inward, move the thighs backward, and widen the thighs and pelvis. In the arms Inner Spiral spins the forearms inward from anatomical neutral.
Outer Spiral: Balancing the Inner Spiral, this is a contracting energy spiral. In the legs it runs from the waistline area down through the tailbone and out through the legs and feet to draw the pelvis and thighs closer together, move the tailbone and thighs forward, and rotate the legs outward. In the arms, Outer Spiral spins the upper arms out and away from each other from anatomical neutral.
Organic Energy: An outward extension of energy from the Focal Point through the core lines of the body to the body’s periphery, which increases expansion, flexibility, and freedom in the pose.