In this 70-minute class, each student from beginner to seasoned practitioner is guided through an exhilarating and rejuvenating breath-based vinyasa flow. Although considered vigorous in nature, each student is encouraged to work at his or her own energetic, physical and spiritual pace. Be prepared to sweat and unleash your potential!
Fluid Flow/Prana Vinyasa
Focused around the water element, this class is taught around the pancha vayus, the five directions of wind in the body. This practice is designed to awaken your awareness of the internal fluid flow of the body by familiarizing yourself with the five directions of prana. Learn to add fluidity and grace to your practice by letting go of “frontal plane living” to explore the space around you through a deeper understanding of muscular control.
The purpose of this class is to assist with healing aches, pains and injuries due to habits of standing, sitting, and moving. You will gain a deeper awareness of the asymmetries of your body that are causing some of your chronic pain as well as move you past a strength/flexibility plateau that is holding you back in your asana practice or from meeting your physical goals. This is a great class for beginners to athletes as the movements are simple yet effective.
The first part of class will be focused on neutralizing the pelvic girdle by strengthening the low abdominal muscles and releasing tension in the hip flexors, hips and low back. The second part will explore foundational yoga postures (asanas), and the last section is for cooling down, deep stretches and meditation.
Yin yoga is all about holding passive postures for extended periods of time (think of staying in ‘half resting pigeon’ or ‘supine spinal twist’ for a looong time). These longer holds allow for increased range of motion and tension release from deep within tissues and joints. Yet perhaps even more powerful is how it stretches your mind; greater mental fortitude results from staying with your breath and the sensations in your body, making it a rich mindfulness practice.
As a form of martial art, the movements represent various strikes, kicks and deflections but practiced in a “no contact” fashion which is soft, fluid, breath based, and deeply internal. You will practice 6 forms taken from the Lightening Fire Mountain System of Tibetan Kung Fu. Tai Chi has many benefits from strengthening the body (specifically the joints) to healing aches and pains, to calming the mind and cultivating a deep energetic awareness of the world around us. Studies have also shown because of the non-linear movements, it slows down the brain’s aging process.
This class goes way beyond your typical deep stretch postures; Raja Yoga is a traditional form of yoga practice that utilizes a variety of techniques to connect you with your deeper Self. In addition to deep stretching to free up your physical body, we will learn about yogic spiritual teachings to expand your consciousness, and practice pranayama, meditation, and mantras for a profound experience of your eternal being.
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