Jennifer Strukoff Yoga

Calgary Certified Yoga Instructor Jennifer Strukoff Certified to teach Yoga, Critical Alignment Therapy, Yin & Yoga Nidra Certified to teach yoga by Yogadotcalm in the summer of 2009.

I am also a pre-natal yoga teacher, and I have completed all four levels of the Critical Alignment Therapy instructor's course. I have participated in workshops by Mark Darby, David Swenson and Kino MacGregor, among others, in the pursuit of knowledge, experience, and happiness, and I look forward to sharing all these things with you.

Operating as usual

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First day of school for me! My first semester at Mount Royal University for Massage Therapy. Looks a little different this year and things are adjusted for the pandemic.

🍂September Classes and Updates🍂 Check out my latest newsletter here: - https://mailchi.mp/bb4c8dc5c450/online-classes-743724

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Back from burning stuff on crown land with some old friends. Ready to teach again tonight!
More pictures to come.

🌺Online Classes for this week🌺 - https://mailchi.mp/a1053bc69554/online-classes-734892

🌺Online Classes for this week🌺 - https://mailchi.mp/a1053bc69554/online-classes-734892

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🌺Online Classes with Jennifer🌺 - https://mailchi.mp/bf387af5f849/online-classes-734888

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[08/12/20]   Who will I see tomorrow for Critical Alignment at 10am?
No class on Saturday.

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✨Yoga for Backs Tuesday Nights at 7pm
Yoga for all different levels and styles!
Check out my latest newsletter☀ - https://mailchi.mp/be8091601a49/online-classes-727000

[08/05/20]   New Class Time starting Aug 5!
Critical Alignment Wednesdays
10am Wanna join?

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✨Happy August Long Weekend! Be sure to check the schedule for class cancellations for the Heritage Day weekend. - https://mailchi.mp/20e088f75cd4/online-classes-718736

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✨Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Backs & Critical Alignment!✨ - https://mailchi.mp/8f526be23c45/online-classes-714696

One of the last in person classes I taught before the pandemic. Yes, I miss sharing space with the amazing students of Critical Alignment and the other yoga classes but I believe we are making the right decision of limiting our time together right now.
I MISS ALL OF YOU! (I meant to shout that out)❤️
I know that the weather is getting nice but please continue to join me online for classes.
Watch your email tomorrow for the weekly newsletter or check out my InstaStories for classes.

Posted @withregram • @weichtforit Finally convinced one of the kids to come to the CAT yoga class I have been attending forever. She is hooked (and man she’s bendy) now she is sad there is no class currently at Star Yoga in Langdon with Jennifer Strukoff. We will be back at it supporting you when all this crazy clears up.

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✨Yoga for Backs, Critical Alignment & Gentle Yoga!✨ - https://mailchi.mp/a51f6fab132a/online-classes-709924

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Classes continue online this summer! 🍁 - https://mailchi.mp/8dfda3960334/online-classes-705724

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Class Schedule - Jennifer is continuing online classes - https://mailchi.mp/2c4552bf7bff/online-classes-689716

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Beautiful Canmore!
Nature therapy!

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Critical Alignment in Yoga & Life

Critical Alignment in Yoga & Life

11/21/2018

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📷The word “alignment” is showing up in yoga workshops and classes across Alberta. It’s become fashionable to be concerned about the functionality of the bone, muscles, joints and connective tissue in a person’s yoga practice. Online anatomy classes are popping up everywhere, and it’s not uncommon to hear anatomical language spewed out in all types of yoga classes all over the province. But where did this all originate? Who made alignment desirable? And why are yoga students so interested?

B.K.S. Iyengar uniquely approached the practice of yoga asana with great attention to alignment and long holds that would affect all the layers of the body. Many disciplines have branched out from his initial teachings, one of them being Critical Alignment Yoga & Therapy, founded by Gert van Leeuwen from Amsterdam. Gert has been travelling to Calgary for over 10 years to train teachers the importance of alignment, how to identify repetitive movement patterns in students that could lead to pain and injury and how to teach precise exercises to connect critical points in the body. Some of the first teachers trained in Calgary have become highly sought after by long­time yoga practitioners, athletes, and persons with debilitating back pain for whom conventional treatments didn’t have a lasting effect. ​ The technique of Critical Alignment Therapy is unique, in that the exercises are approached with relaxation instead of effort. Using specialized props, the practitioner’s spine is placed in a more natural alignment, and then the student is encouraged by the teacher to relax fully and deeply. At times this can be the most difficult part as the physical “story” of the tissues and bones can be quite distracting and considered painful. First the superficial movement muscles, where most of the tension from repetitive strain or poor posture is stored, are relaxed by using the weight of the body on the props. With deep and conscious breath, we can work through the strong sensations and start to add small movements which help stimulate the deeper postural and stability muscles, closer to the bones. Students become more familiar with their bodies, finding exactly where the tension, stiffness and poor alignment is located. This awareness can then transfer into their daily lives and activities. For example, while performing exercises on a thickly rolled blanket or felt pad in the low back, the student may experience more discomfort on the right side of the body than the left. With deeper awareness, they may be able to connect that discomfort to a habitual postural pattern they hold (for example, while sitting at their desk at work), and naturally they will then discontinue the pattern resulting in less pain and a better alignment story every day. ​ Over the years many yoga teachers have graduated from Critical Alignment training and created classes all over the province and beyond, with names like Yoga for Backs, Bodhi Alignment and simply Critical Alignment Therapy. Students have filled the studios featuring those teachers, knowing that they will experience classes focused on alignment, relaxation, conscious breathing and intelligent movement—classes in which they can create sustainable and healthy movement patterns that will affect their overall happiness. Teachers are overjoyed to have heard feedback like: “After being in a car accident six years ago, I became increasingly inactive because of neck and back pain. Chiropractic and massage therapy were my only relief, but the cost of comfort wasn't sustainable. After a few months of Critical Alignment Therapy I feel a noticeable difference, and I'm confident that the knowledge and body awareness I have developed will enable me to return to a healthy and active lifestyle.” Also heard from a Critical Alignment student that had been practicing yoga for many years, “I've gained a deeper awareness of habitual patterns which were counterintuitive to my physical practice of yoga. I gave myself time and permission to slow down and explore. I learned techniques to release shoulder tension which remained residual despite years of yoga practice. I have discovered what it means to move from the centre line with stability and ease, and the impact on my daily life is beyond measure.” ​ Students use this new­found body intelligence to help them realize the ancient instructions for practicing yoga asanas as taught by Patanjali: Relax the effort and meditate on the endless. As explained by Gert van Leeuwen in his book Yoga:Critical Alignment (2013),“Rather than forcing movement through willpower, relaxation is associated with terms like relaxed breathing, pressure, right balance and total awareness......During performance of the asanas, Critical Alignment emphasizes the development of total attention...(making) it possible to view stiffness in the movement chains objectively for what it really is: tension from psychological and social pressures that lead(s) to stagnation of energy and limit(s) free movement...it allows us to release tension and return to...free and open ­ feeling effortless, with no trace of muscular tension ­ state of moving....We can experience a total awareness during asana practice that gives us an acute feeling of being in the here and now.”

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