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Looking back over the past few months I noticed lots of posts about vigorous yoga poses like handstand but not so many about restorative postures. These are just as important as the more demanding postures because they create balance in our practice. So today let’s take a look at balasana — child’s pose — which is a fantastic posture you can do any time you need a break, in the studio or out.
Came across a great post about Vinyasa yoga… Thought I’d share an excerpt! Read the full blog at DoYouYoga
Movement: Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” It’s a series of poses that move through the power of our inhalations and exhalations.
Vinyasa movements are smooth, and as we flow using our breath as our guide, the practice becomes almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow Yoga.
Vinyasa has both physical and mental benefits. Physically, sweat releases toxins and re-energizes our bodies. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes the chatter of the mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout our bodies.
Music: The merging of yoga with music has led to some of the most transcendent yoga experiences of my life. The vibration of sound influences the emotions; when emotions enter the heart, the rate of our vibration shifts, helping to open our entire being.
Experiencing music during yoga class has expanded my knowledge of ethereal sounds from Deva Primal and Snatam Kaur to the chants of Krishna Das, while flowing to the sacred sounds of Bob Marley has also served as a powerful current for a transformative flow.
Music can be a truly sacred part of yoga practice. Vinyasa Flow has helped me to understand the benefits of chants and words outside the body and how they penetrate more deeply within the body during our practice.
Share your Vinyasa experiences in the comments!
This is in addition to my regular warm Vinyasa flow classes at Hot Yoga South which are an absolute delight. It is a privilege to work with a lovely mix of new and regular students as we practice and enjoy warm flow yoga, accompanied by music.
Flow Yoga, aka Vinyasa flow, begins with a sequence of flowing movements at the to warm the body, moving in motion with the breath. This will help bring flexibility to all the muscles and joints and wake up the nervous system. A series of balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and inverted postures will follow.
The class is warm and suitable for yogis of all levels. It is a unique and enriching practice and I look forward to sharing it with you on Saturday, 28 Nov 2-4:15PM.
I love practicing other styles of yoga, especially Vinyasa yoga. It complements the Bikram method. Bikram & Vinyasa are genres that originate from Hatha Yoga. These two styles of yoga represent a powerful sequence. Both methods of yoga teach awareness, balance and connection of the body through movement and breath. Once you have mastered the breath, you are close to mastering the mind.
In the Bikram method, there are a set of asanas or postures and breathing exercises. The Vinyasa method synchronises asanas which are linked together with sun salutations, given the name Vinyasa Flow or Flow Yoga.
Flow Yoga is performed with grace and dance-like movements, maintaining calm and self-control through out the sequence. The class includes meditation, pranayama breathing, flowing Vinyasa sequence and deep savasana (relaxation). Flow Yoga will enhance the Bikram practice giving awareness of movement meditation.
A selected playlist of music will be played. Music can calm and uplift you when the yoga practice becomes challenging.
Join me as from Thursday evening 5th November at 6.30pm till 8pm at Hot Bikram Yoga London bridge.
I’m having a wonderful time teaching Dharma Mittra classes at Yoga Haven in Clapham. It is a refreshing opportunity to engage in 60 minutes of moving meditation, driven by the breath, exploring different postures. This is a level 1 class so it is perfect for everyone from beginners to experienced yogis.
If you’re used to the structure of Bikram you’ll enjoy the variation of Dharma Mittra which incorporates Vinyasa flow. This means ‘flow with breath’ so it will feel familiar. The difference is that the room is a normal temperature and the sequence is more fluid and flexible. In each class we move through a set series of postures, breathing and relaxation techniques that help relieve stress and increase your mindfulness and physical awareness.
Dharma Mittra is also a very calming devotional practice that fosters a clear mind and a kind heart, which is something you can never have too much of in London!
Questions about Dharma Mittra or Vinyasa? Please ask in the comments and I’ll respond.