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VINYASA YOGA
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.
 
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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.
There are any number of instances of Vinyasa Yoga sequences you will find at Yoga classes. With a bit of luck you will find them easily. They will influence your practices and Sadhana (spiritual quest). Once you have mastered the sequences quite well, feel free in your practice to proceed unhindered. This will set you free from structured sequences. In the process of exploring Yoga pose sequencing you will discover the perfect series for your personal practice. This is vital to healing and moving ahead in Yoga practice.

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.
Vinyasa is a powerful tool that has successfully been employed in a number of yoga forms above and beyond Vinyasa Flow. Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Viniyoga, Universal Yoga and Iyengar Yoga all of them slip in Vinyasa into their styles. In fact, Jivamukti Yoga says that "The breath is the outer Vinyasa, or connecting element; the intention is the inner Vinyasa." However, in all forms of Yoga by slipping in Vinyasa, you get a conscious awareness of moving your breath with your body.
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.
 
What is the main difference between "power yoga" or "vinyasa" classes and Ashtanga?
There are no fixed series of poses. Each class can be different. The basic syntax of vinyasa yoga allows one to explore a changing syllabus of poses. You can explore poses from the Ashtanga first, second and third series in a more accessible manner than in series practice. While a fixed series practice has its advantages, it's also nice to explore different combinations, different pacing, different variations and different ways of entering and exiting the poses.

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.
 
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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.
 
Benefits: Awaken body-awareness, increases balance and creates strength and flexibility, balances and strengthens the systems of the body, increases mindfulness, provides a journey where you can see progress, expands your mental awareness, brings your focus into the present moment.

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