Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow
We teach Vinyasa Yoga in all levels of our classes. Advanced Power Vinyasa, for beginners Slow Flow and intermediate Vinyasa Flow. Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a flowing sequence of Yoga postures linked together by breath. Our classes will help you build grace, poise, strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. We offer modifications for each pose so that you can adjust for your level of flexibility. Each student is encouraged to work at his or her own level.
You can xxpect an energetic flow style practice with a different mix of poses each time and lots of emphasis on movement coordinated with the breath.
Vinyasa yoga styles comes from Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga but frequently a with different sequencing of poses than in the traditional Ashtanga series work.
When the word Vinyasa is used to describe a style of yoga, it suggests that asanas will flow from one to another in breath-synchronized movement. That means in conjunction with the breath. The term Vinyasa is also used as a noun – to describe the sequence of poses performed between different poses as part of the series in Sun Salutation. If your instructor tells you to go through Vinyasa at you own time and tempo, he probably is referring to Plank, Chaturanga, and Upward Facing Dog.
In Vinyasa Yoga, the Yoga poses flow in a gently balanced series. Your breath is supposed to lead the way and your form, movement and breath are integrated into each other. In Vinyasa Yoga, you are supposed to let your body turn soft – as soft as cotton wool. Let your body flow fluidly; let it be as light as a feather. Go through the sequences with flowing grace. The result, automatically, over time, is the gift of light and enlightenment from above, from everything Divine.
All of the Sun Salutations are intended to flow with your breath in one incessant movement, so to speak. At any point of time you are free to retain hold a posture for as long as you feel comfortable, but not to long. Remember, Vinyasa is about flow. But you can do this prior to flowing through the whole Sun Salutation or after you have finished it a couple of times. After that you can start afresh and flow once again; or you may do it at the end of the Sun Salutations. One posture can be retained or a number of poses can be retained. The secret is always to explore numerous methods and check your responses within.
The sanskrit word vinyasa has several meanings. The most common usage is to define a specific linking sequence (based on the sun salutation -- chaturanga/up dog/down dog) that is coordinated with the breath and gets you from pose to pose. The practice becomes a flow timed to the breath instead of just a series of discrete postures. The vinyasa gives rhythm to the practice, keeps the heat building, builds upper body strength and acts as a counterpose to stretch the legs and re-set the spine to neutral for the next sequence.
What are other uses of the word vinyasa? Any sequence of flowing from asana to asana can be called a vinyasa -- it doesn't have to be related to the sun salutation movements encountered in Ashtanga style practice.
How does this differ from Iyengar yoga? The poses come from the same source in both the Iyengar and Ashtanga systems. When we talk about alignment and form in a vinyasa class, that body of technique comes from Iyengar yoga. Pattabhi Jois, the head of the Ashtanga lineage, and B.K.S. Iyengar both had the same teacher, Krishnamacharya. Iyengar chose to ignore the breathwork (which he likes teaching separately) and the vinyasas of the Ashtanga system for his basic classes. More advanced Iyengar practice involves what he calls "jumpings" -- much like Surya Namaskara A from the Ashtanga system.
Slow Flow Yoga
is a hatha yoga practice of flowing postures to awaken self-awareness of the body through a gentle, but deep approach to classical yoga. There is an emphasis on breathing and relaxation, while linking one pose to the next. A slower paced vinyasa yoga class that allows time to go deeper and really explore the postures. This class will be taught in a warm room, and will cultivate strength and flexibility.
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