What is PrePose yoga?
It a method based on biomechanics to improve your yoga practice. It was developed by Chloe Costigan, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Carrie Morgan, a ERYT-500 yoga teacher with 12 years of teaching experience. The goal is to improve your understanding of the biomechanics to be applied to a variety of poses in your practice. It will help you to identify and address asymmetries or limitations in both flexibility and strength.
Why did we develop the PrePose method?
Your body does its best attempt at whatever it sees or hears, and you try to replicate that. But there was a gap between the instruction and the practitioner’s interpretation. We want to develop a common language for understanding movement. So then you can learn how to adapt any pose to fit your body instead of trying to fit your body into a pose.
How is this different than a typical yoga class?
So to be clear, we love that there are so many amazing studios and teachers in this area. We want you to continue with that. This is a supplement to your existing practice. It’s taking the gray out of the physical practice of yoga by applying physical therapy principles.
You will be in a guided yoga class that teaches you how to fit the poses to your body in a three step format: 1. biomechanical exercises, 2. The PrePoses, or modifications to poses, and 3. The poses. The biomechanics (step 1) teach you a common language of how to move each joint and activate each muscle. The PrePoses (step 2) bridge the biomechanics for the poses by applying the biomechanics to a modified pose. Step 3 puts all of the pieces together.
Who is this for?
Well. Everyone in a way.
It’s for beginners who want to ensure that they’re learning the proper technique.
It is for the experienced yogi who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of each pose and learn exactly what is going on with their joint and muscles from the vantage point of a physical therapist.
For those with a history of pain whether in yoga or a different activity, it will help to identify flexibility and strength limitations on a more specific level.
What will a class look like?
It will be based on a central theme. There will be an upper body and lower body section, each having the 3 step process of 1. Biomechanics, 2. PrePoses, and 3. Yoga poses.
There will be a demonstration to provide a clear visual of the biomechanics, PrePoses, and poses. That way you know exactly what you’re supposed to do. That will be followed by you doing those on your mat while receiving instruction.
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Drs. Chloe Costigan and John Giacalone are both physical medicine specialists, former competitive athletes, and strength and conditioning coaches.