Alignment Therapy: Healing Yoga for Lower Back Pain and other physical challenges

If you have aches and pains, birth-related issues or chronic conditions...

If you have pain, you’ve probably been to a ton of practitioners, and hopefully gotten some relief.

And yet it always seems to come back.

Or maybe you have a new discomfort and you really want to make sure it doesn’t go deeper and become a bigger issue.

Either way, I created Alignment Therapy drop-ins for you. 

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Alignment Therapy is a combination of Kinesiology plus alignment-based yoga. It uses both biomechanical principles as well as energetic practices to relieve pain and support healing.

For example, what heals back pain isn’t “good posture” or “straight spine.” Yoga for lower back pain is about making small shifts out of your patterns, into your greatest possibilities – physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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Drop in to get a personal 5-10 minute therapeutic practice for your physical challenge – yoga for lower back pain, shoulder, wrist, and knee injury, and other discomforts – plus get the link to the video so you can continue to heal and feel great.

Your first class is free, after that it’s free for Ma Members.

I thought I would have wrist pain forever, but just by learning to support my weight in my shoulders, I have started to alleviate this issue.

It was wonderful to learn that we are more powerful than we know and be given the tools to use this power to heal.

Vanessa K.

Whether you’ve done Yoga a lot before, or you have never tried it, Jessica is very welcoming and an excellent yoga teacher.

When I’m having a good day, or having a harder day, there’s really no excuse to not go to Ma Yoga because it 100% makes me feel even better.

Linda E.

Jessica’s Saturday class has gone a long way in helping me relieve my low back pain and understand how the parts of my body fit together.

I really appreciate her focus on alignment and breath along with her explanations of the mechanics of the body. She is the best!

Gary K. - from our Google listing

Jessica’s extensive knowledge of alignment is evident in every class.

Whether you’re pregnant, injured, or just dealing with common aches and soreness, Jess will weave in cues to address everyone’s needs without calling attention to anyone.

Her warm and optimistic personality infuses her classes with uplifting inspiration. Because she offers variations and refinements in every pose, her class is right for anyone.

Heather K. - from our Google Listing

Jessica is such a wonderful teacher.

The alignment-based yoga she teaches coupled with her extensive knowledge from decades of teaching bring such depth and compassion to her teaching. I intend to take her classes for as long as she is teaching.

Please give yourself the gift of taking a class with Jessica.

Sensei April - from our Google Listing

Had my first free class and it was amazing!

Small group and Jessica helps you adjust your positions. Would definitely recommend! 😄

Kim P.

Thank you so much for these practices Jessica!! The shoulder one was so helpful!

I have several joints that extend beyond range of motion and when some teachers give alignment queues and I follow them literally, I go too far.

I really appreciate that your alignment queues help account for this issue — as I suspect a good percentage of yogis have hypermobile joints…

Christine W.

Sample Alignment Therapy Practice

Your first class is free, after that it’s free for Ma Members.

Hi I’m Jessica. I started yoga for lower back pain in 1997.

I was shocked when my pain was gone in a couple weeks! And yet… sometimes yoga brought it back.

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Obviously it wasn’t the poses that healed – because sometimes that hurt.

To figure out what the mechanism of healing was, I studied cadavers with pre-meds at UCLA, became a Certified Personal Trainer and received my Masters in Kinesiology. 

I finally found the answer I was looking for in Anusara Yoga, and the idea of alignment.

In alignment-based yoga, every pose is an opportunity to align our muscles and bones with what’s called the “optimal blueprint.”

I learned that it’s not the pose we do that heals, it’s what we’re doing inside the pose that matters.

It’s moving the breath, the muscles, even the bones and organs in their optimal direction, like physical therapy, that allows the body to find body stability and ease.

That’s why we can be hurting ourselves on the mat, and healing ourselves while we’re driving.

I pared down the alignment principles that work for low back pain, knee pain and other common aches and pains so I could help people out of their pain and suffering… and thus Alignment Therapy was born.

Issues people come to Alignment Therapy Drop-Ins for...

Anything goes – from discomforts to chronic conditions, aches and pains to injury:

Your first class is free, after that it’s free for Ma Members.

The Five Sacred Steps of Alignment Therapy

Over the 20+ years I spent helping people out of pain with a combination of Kinesiology and yoga, I developed a pretty simple system to understand what an a particular body area might need to feel better and heal.

Alignment-based yoga uses the five elements as a “checklist” to find balance physically, mentally and spiritually:

SPACE - Receptivity

We’ll explore where you might need space in your body, starting with the breath. Generally, compression is the cause of muscoloskeletal pain, so we’ll identify where you need more space for circulation and get instant relief.

EARTH - Resistance

Wherever you have space, you also need stability. What muscles are forgetting their job to hold your bones in alignment? You’ll wake them up, engage, and create strength in that area with a firm but loving hug.

WATER - Release

Deep within your hips and shoulders you have muscles that tend to group when you’re stressed – and stay gripped long after. You’ll release these so you can get a little playful, flowy energy back in to your hips and shoulders.

FIRE - Rootedness

What does it mean to engage your core without sucking the belly, flattening the back, or any of the other common actions that create more pain and suffering? You’ll learn how to root in to the support that’s within you – so you feel more support where you need it.

AIR - Radiance

Once you’ve got space, stability, release in the deep hip flexors and support from your core – you get to actively expand. This is the “stretch” in any pose – and the moment that healing happens: when circulation, nerves, lymph and prana flow in a whole new way through you. Enjoy!

Your first class is free, after that it’s free for Ma Members.