The founder of Critical Alignment Yoga, Gert van Leeuwen, comes from Amsterdam. He developed this method through years of research starting when he was an Iyengar Yoga teacher. He observed his students, many of them dancers, who suffered from injuries and spinal instability. He found that yoga did not address all of their physical pain, discomfort, or limitations, and sometimes exacerbated it. He looked to ancient yoga scriptures, many modern physical therapies, psychology, and his students, to find out how yoga can be used not only to promote feelings of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, but also heal physical injuries and limitations.
The result is Critical Alignment Yoga offered in yoga and therapy form. It attracts not only dancers but people with RSI, neck and shoulder complaints from hours of sitting behind the computer, and lower back hernias from habitually poor posture. Through regular practice, Critical Alignment Yoga can change physical posture, habitual movement preferences and behavioural patterns.
Interviews with Gert Van Leeuwen:
Here follows series of articles about CAY with exercises published in the Yoga Magazine @holland in 2016