The 3 pillars of cYoga
THEME: cYoga classes always have a clearly defined theme. During the class, we move in one direction of mobility and we go deep into it. This way we prepare the body for more intense poses within that theme, the peak poses.
PEAK POSES: cYoga classes work towards peak poses. These are more challenging asanas within the theme of the class that require more preparation in order to reach further in a safe way
SEQUENCE: the sequence is the essential component of the style. Through a carefully crafted sequence, the student is helped to prepare the body for the more intense asanas.
SHORT TERM: by following a careful sequence the body is prepared for the intense asana, reducing the opportunity for injury and giving the student the chance to reach their best during the class in a safe way. By following cYoga, the body is less sore the following day, and all the directions of movement are compensated through a regular practice
MEDIUM TERM: by working on peak poses, the student remains challenged and motivated, getting ideas from the workshops to incorporate into their regular practice, keeping the flame alive.
LONG TERM: by practicing in this manner, we protect the body, extending the years of yoga, increasing the longevity of our practice. Why should we not practice in our eighties or nineties?
Carmen Aguilar had completed an Engineering degree and then a Masters degree, spoke 4 languages and was deciding in what direction to launch her career when she found yoga. A seemingly crazy choice at the time, she dropped everything and devoted all her energies to the study of this discipline. The deeper she got into it the more it fascinated her.
During the first years she studied with every teacher she could find, completed 5 different Teacher Trainings while she started to develop her own style and her daily practice. Devoting to it 3 hours, 7 days a week, she has been able to reach levels few practitioners share. She has been teaching yoga for more than 19 years and during that time she’s developed a unique teaching style, cYoga, intended to make her students achieve their best both physically and mentally.
In her own words: ‘cYoga came from a craving for an intense practice: I wanted to try things my body couldn’t follow but pretty soon I realized how much sequencing and warming up affected the outcome. An intense asana practice is not only cleansing and rejuvenating, but it can also change the way we’re wired. Our body is the most tangible vehicle to access our very own essence and stepping on our mat is an amazing and precious experience!’
In 2018, she sold her yoga studio, The Lab, and moved to Hawaii, where she lives with her husband Moises, while traveling around the world teaching yoga.