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Flow-Based Hatha Yoga
What is Flow-Based Hatha Yoga?
Flow-Based Hatha Yoga links the postures practiced in a regular Hatha class into a sequence of movements that "flow" with the breath in a more vigorous series. Flow-Based Hatha Yoga or Vinyasa involves moving from one posture to another with very little rest in between and creates a strong cardiovascular workout.
Variations on the Sun Salutation are often used as a warm-up, followed by a standing sequence, balancing poses, and then seated poses. As in all Hatha classes, relaxation (savasana) ends the class. Hatha Flow is recommended for students who have practiced Hatha Yoga and are interested in exploring a more movement-oriented class. Flow-Based Hatha Yoga builds strength, endurance, and a strong focus. The classroom may or may not be heated, but the physical practice will naturally build heat in the body.
Who Can Practice Hatha Flow? Hatha Flow classes are best suited for students who:
- Have practiced Hatha Yoga for at least one month
- Are familiar with Sun Salutations
- Have practiced inversion postures (such as headstand or shoulder stand) or are willing to try inversions
- Seek a stronger physical workout in their yoga practice
Who Can Practice Vinyasa? Vinyasa classes are best suited for students who:
- Have practiced Hatha Flow for at least one month
- Have a desire to learn and practice more challenging Hatha Yoga postures, though modifications are always offered.
- Enjoy breath led and breath centered movement
- Like a little sweat!
Hatha Flow synchronizes movement and breath to produce a flow of postures that lead naturally from one to the next. Expect to move continuously through about a third of the class. Students should understand that the classroom is not cooled (73-78 degrees) and that the physical practice can naturally build heat in the body. Familiarity with the basics of Hatha yoga is required
Candlelight Flow is a sweet practice, using flowing asanas in a candlelit room. Emphasis is placed on internalizing the practice− students should have the foundation of flow-based yoga to fully enjoy this meditative flow practice.
Vinyasa uses vigorous flows of postures to warm the body, focus the mind, increase flexibility and build strength and stamina. Classes are taught in a warm room (78-84 degrees), and students should expect to move continuously throughout the majority of the class. Familiarity with Hatha and the basics of Hatha Flow is required.
Fundamentals of Ashtanga
Fundamentals of Ashtanga incorporates about half of the Primary Series postures, allowing for a comfortable introduction to Ashtanga or an opportunity for regular Ashtanga students to focus on details. Familiarity with basic yoga postures highly suggested.
Ashtanga is a challenging lineage of Hatha Yoga focused on building strength and endurance leading to a naturally relaxed mental state. In a warm room (78-84 degrees), a dynamic sequence of postures-the Primary Series- combines focus with continuous movement. Expect no postures to be omitted in these classes and expect class to last 90 minutes.
Ashtanga Mysore classes are individually paced classes for continuing students. These classes are an opportunity for students to receive more in-depth assistance from the instructor to work on aspects of the Ashtanga practice not presented in led classes (ex. Dropbacks and second series postures)
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