What is Vinyasa Flow?
Vinyasa can be translated as "arranging something in a special way" - such as yoga poses that are arranged in a flowing sequence. In vinyasa flow, each movement is synchronized with a breath to flow from pose to pose. Sun Salutations often form a basis for this style of yoga, with different poses being fed into the sequence to create varied and inspired sessions.
Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Plank to Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog) commonly used throughout a vinyasa class.
The pranayama (extension or control of the breath) generally used in a vinyasa flow class is Ujjayi (Victorious breath) - this pranayama acts as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. It also assists in building heat and movement of energy (prana) in the physical body as well as creating a mantra to settle the mind.
In this beginners class we will spend time focusing on the breath that guides us through our practice and take a slow and gentle flowthrough the sequence of poses. I will cue the inhalations and exhalations that guide you from pose to pose, but it won't always be the case that your breath is in time with mine – don't panic! It takes time and practice to find the rhythm between breath and movement; I am your guide and if nothing else I am reminding you to not hold your breath, which is often the case if you are concentrating on what is coming next, but to keep it going; as long as you are breathing and moving, you are doing fine!
As it is an early morning class we will also spend more time warming up the body with plenty of stretches to prepare your body to flow. Our class will always end with a relaxation in Savasana (Corpse pose), often with the addition of a guided meditation which can increase self-awareness and help to keep you focused on the present moment during your relaxation. You will leave the class energized, uplifted and ready to start the weekend!
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