If you are new to vinyasa flow yoga it can be confusing to know what to expect in a class. Some people think a vinyasa flow class will always have music and you practice chaturanga dandasana, upward dog (urdhva mukha svanasana) between every asana (posture).
Well, as a certified, experienced Vinyasa Flow teacher, I can tell you that’s not what defines a vinyasa class.
There may well be music and there will be forms of physically challenging, postures that are connected but never to the point that you feel exhausted and depleted of energy.
So what is Vinyasa Flow Yoga?
The essence of Vinyasa Flow Yoga yoga is flowing from one posture to another, synchronised with the breath and intention.
Vinyasa Krama means the steps (krama) used to place (nyasa) in a special way (vi) it is the intelligent sequencing of a yoga practice designed with a specific intention or goal. In Vinyasa flow it’s the Krama that leads us to a peak pose.
What I love about Vinyasa Flow, is it’s energetic,creative, dynamic, dance like qualities. Unlike Ashtanga yoga, there are no predetermined sequences.Each week I sequence classes around a focus or theme that will build steadily and progress to a peak pose.
Always composed in an intelligent way, that connects postures with breath synchronised movements to enhance steadyness with joyfulness.
Expect to practice variations of sun salutes, Ujjayi breath and bandhas.With clear instruction on alignment, hands on assists and modifications so that every student can focus on what they can do.
Why do so many people love vinyasa yoga? There are great benefits for body, mind and spirit. The breath synchronised movements relax the mind. The Physical practice builds strength, flexibility and tones.
I have been very lucky to work with some of the best Vinyasa Flow teachers including Shiva Rea, Kathryn Budig and Claire Missingham who trained me and has let me step into her shoes covering her classes at the prestigious Triyoga studio in London.
If you are completely new to yoga, join the beginners course to practice at a slower pace to get familiar with the postures.
Drop in’s are welcome at my group classes, do come along and flow to feel your glow!