About Vinyasa Flow Yoga
 




Vinyasa Flow yoga is a style of yoga that simply intertwines postures (asanas) with breath (prana). To move deeper into the definition, yoga is a Sanskrit word which means “to yoke.” It is the union of body, mind and spirit through the use of prana. So it is the combination of the two that encompasses Vinyasa Flow yoga. The flow is a continuous, non-fragmented, synthesis of the movements between body, breath and heart. Each instructor brings their own unique practices and personalities into the classroom while adding a background of music and encouraging exploration!

Yoga doesn’t judge, there is absolutely no competition in our studio, your mat is your personal haven to explore and grow. You are not expected to perform all asanas and are encouraged to honor your own personal abilities and limitations. It is through yoga we have discovered that with patience, practice and the willingness to allow the creativity of our own uniqueness flow will bring us to a deeper appreciation and sense of gratitude for ourselves and others. We gently heat our studio to 85 degrees (except for Gentle Flow) to better facilitate the warming of the muscles which enable you to effectively tap into your potential within.

Bring balanced health and harmony to your body, mind, and spirit by incorporating the practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga within your exercise regime. Undoubtedly, this style of yoga is somewhat more rigorous and powerful than most, but with practice and patience, you will begin to feel your inner and outer power strengthen!

“Let go of your tension, add clarity to your mind,
strengthen your core, detoxify, build focus
....find your power within!”



Being a Beginner

If you are completely new to Vinyasa Flow Yoga, welcome!  We hope you can step into our studio with the confidence that all of our instructors are here to help you learn and expand your practice. 

Probably the first comment we always hear, “I’m not flexible, so I can’t possibly do yoga!”  Increased flexibility is a benefit of yoga, not a prerequisite. As with any new activity you may want to be a part of, whether it’s yoga, weight lifting, painting, dancing, cooking...you normally come into it as a “beginner.”  Not quite knowing what to do and probably not having the skills to be proficient at it...so that’s why you take classes.  To learn.  Relax, we don’t expect you to be able to touch your toes, balance on one foot, “bend like a pretzel”....just trust the process you will find yourself stretching and balancing like you never knew you could!

So here are a few of the most pertinent questions that are asked about starting yoga.

What should I bring to yoga?

•  Wear comfortable clothing, something that is easy to move around and can also absorb sweat.
•  Bring a towel, to clean your brow and wipe the sweat around your mat when you are finished.
•  Don’t forget WATER.  You are encouraged to take water breaks at any time.
•  Bring a mat.  If you don’t have one, you can borrow one of ours.  However, at some point for sanitary concerns, it would be a good idea to purchase your own. We do sell Manduka mats and YogiToes!
•  Please notify us of any injuries or pregnancy before class begins.

What can I expect during a class?

•  Heat.  We heat the room to 85 degrees (except in Gentle Flow).  Heat helps our bodies warm up and makes it easier to get deeper into postures more safely.  We encourage drinking water prior and during your practice.
•  Breathing.  Vinyasa flow yoga harmonizes poses (asanas) and movement with the breath.  We practice connecting to asanas with inhaling and exhaling through the nose.  In the vinyasa system, pranayama (extension of prana) is practiced through applying the Ujjayi breath.  By slightly constricting the throat, the breath is stretched long.  We learn to let the movement follow the breath, which eventually leads to the body effortlessly riding the waves of the breath.  At this point it is not we who move the body, but rather the power of the prana.
•  Asanas. The Sanskrit word for a yoga pose is “asana.” [AH-suh-nuh]. During the class, the teacher will lead everyone through a variety of yoga poses, directing you to the proper alignment of each pose. The instructor will also offer breathing directions, moments of silence and they may or may not play music. Some teachers will walk around and instruct while others might be more demonstrative. Some classes are very slow and methodical and focus on a few specific poses, while others may flow and move through more poses with less emphasis on each pose. Some classes will focus more on relaxation, while others will give you a more physical work-out. You can read about each class in our class descriptions.  Remember, we are all unique individuals...thus our classes have different rhythms, level of energy and format depending on the instructor. 
•  Savasana. 
The last pose is a resting pose, in which you lie on your back on the mat and relax for anywhere from 4-8 minutes. The Sanskrit term for this pose is Savasana [sha-VAH-sah-na]. This pose is all about comfort and rest, so if lying on your back is not comfortable for you, feel free to find a better place where you can let go and relax. Savasana allows the body a chance to regroup and reset itself.  If you need to leave early, please have the courtesy to leave before this last pose of the class.
•  Namaste.  
What does it means?  The word Namaste (Pronounced Nah-Mah-Stay) is literally translated as “I bow to you”. More generally, it is an ancient sanskrit understanding of interconnectedness. Teachers will often say “Namaste” at the end or beginning of class as a way of acknowledging that we are all connected on a deep, non-physical, divine, level. If you wish to make that same acknowledgement you can respond by repeating the same: “Namaste”.
•  How often should I practice? 
Any yoga is better than no yoga and a little bit everyday is better than a lot every once in a while. To see and /or feel significant physical and mental changes however, we need to practice for 1-1.5 hours AT LEAST two times a week. Because yoga does not generally break down our muscle tissue the way other fitness activities do, it is not necessary to take a day off from practice. You can practice everyday as long as you feel healthy. Be conscious of modifying your practice when needed due to energy level and/or physical fatigue. Yoga should never deplete you.



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