Q: Is Essentrics a type of yoga?
This is a common misperception. Yoga can involve a lot of stretching, but that doesn't mean that any workout involving stretching is yoga. Just because I'm hitting a ball with a racquet doesn't necessarily mean I'm playing tennis!
Essentrics draws from ballet, Tai Chi, and physiotherapy. Rather than holding poses it is about movements - stretching while staying in motion. Unlike yoga which has Hinduism roots, Essentrics is secular. Yogis often speak of mind-body connection - "the mind" being a fluid concept. Essentrics, on the other hand, addresses something more primary, tangible and specific: the BRAIN-BODY connection.
Essentrics uses neuromuscular techniques that uniquely build and strengthen neural connections between the body and the brain. People develop better muscle awareness, muscle control and motor skills by doing the workout. Hence many say afterwards that they feel "more connected to the body." Regardless of how you define the "mind" or "consciousness," this basic BRAIN-BODY connection enhanced by Essentrics is the bedrock for achieving any individual goal related to the mind-body union.