April is fast approaching, and so is our Tubac Retreat.
Located in Southern Arizona, Tubac isn’t a place that most people have visited. Since it was founded from nothing almost three decades ago, this is a small corner of the world which the locals like to keep as original and authentic as possible. Tubac is known for its artist community, history, and breathtaking high desert.
We will be staying at the peaceful Kenyon Ranch, originally operated as a dude ranch, it has been restored and upgraded to include casitas with modern amenities. We will be surrounded by beautiful views in a semi-wilderness area.
The paths around the ranch lead to places to rest, meditate, read a book or just enjoy the clean desert air and the dramatic views. Since the Ranch is located between two mountain ranges when the sun rises and sets beams of sunlight spread over the horizon and dance on the valleys and peaks.
It used to be that there was only a slight variation in the way different lineages of yoga were taught. The cues and verbiage may be different, but for the most part the anatomical alignment was very similar. Some movements were discouraged as being detrimental to the safety and alignment of the body.
But over the last few years I am seeing constant changes of thought as to the correct alignment in different postures and the way we move in our practice. I receive articles in my inbox weekly as to new thoughts to age old views on alignment.
As teachers we may have been told to never roll up from a standing forward fold due to the possible compression of the lumbar discs and danger to those suffering from osteoporosis, although I see more and more teachers cuing this movement as being safe.
Encouraging students to stand in alignment, meaning all ten toes facing forward and distributing their weight evenly between the feet, now I receive an article that this may not always be the best alignment cue.
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.