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As with Yoga and Pilates, Zenga commences with mindful breathing

As with Yoga and Pilates, Zenga commences with mindful breathing

Zenga Certificate

Being a fan of all things Yoga and Pilates I was naturally curious about Zenga – a mindful movement technique, so I undertook the training to become a Level 1 Zenga mat instructor.  Zenga combines elements of Yoga, Pilates and dance movements and adds to these disciplines modern medical knowledge particularly in relation to the fascia.

Fascia is a type of “regular” connective tissue along with ligaments, tendons and aponeuroses.  Fascia are regularly organised in response to stresses placed upon them and can affect muscle quality – if it becomes too tough and dehydrated, the muscle will become compressed and unable to function properly  – think of fascia as a huge body stocking which needs to be kept well hydrated so drink lots of water!

Zenga has four key principles – (1) Breath, (2) Support, (3) Yield and (4) Flow:-

Breath – the focus is on a mindful breath starting in a comfortable position and noticing the quality of the breath and its 4 phases (inhale – pause – exhale – pause)  whilst staying with a natural breathing pattern.  All breath patterns and choices are honoured.

Support – this relates to the physical body, its foundation and how support and balance is managed with integrity between the moving parts.  The Vleeming and Lee model of Joint Function is a key element of this (combining the skeleton, muscular contraction, motor control and awareness of how the emotional state and awareness when exercising can have on the outcomes).

Yield –  this has an element of grounding  and an active relationship between the earth and the physical body- a sense of support without being too rigid combined with comfortable breathing.

Flow – this combines the first 3 elements.  When we combine these, we experience flow…The Zenga workout may therefore include spiral, circular and wave-lie movements to encourage flow and these may be supported by the use of blocks, straps, balls and bands which can help create a focal point to which the fascia can respond.

Through the use of intention and imagery, Zenga can release tension and bring greater focus to the mind.

If you are curious about Zenga, or are interested in a Zenga class or workshop, please e-mail me at or click on the envelope on my landing page.

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