Vinyasa flow

Deliberate breathing in flowing postures

Vinyasa Flow or Vinyasa Yoga is more a description of how you yoga than a single yoga practice. Examples of yoga schools that can be included in the Vinyasa family are Ashtanga Vinyasa, Jivamukti and Baptiste Yoga. The basis of Vinyasa is the traditional Hatha Yoga postures (asanas), but there is a difference between the two that is contained in the name. The word “vinyasa” derives from Sanskrit and approximately translates to “to place deliberately, in a special way”. As such, the common denominator for the Vinyasa yoga practices is moving deliberately not only in the postures but also from posture to posture, combining breathing and movement into a flow. That is to say, postures are sequenced to be performed one after another, and you breathe deliberately in and out with particular movements or whole postures. In this way, postures and breath are combined into a dynamic flow. 

As such, the common denominator for the Vinyasa yoga practices is moving deliberately not only in the postures but also from posture to posture, combining breathing and movement into a flow.

What sets Vinyasa flow apart from particular schools such as Ashtanga Vinyasa is that the postures and sequencing of the class are very much up to the instructor. The only limitation is that the class must be a flow of Hatha Yoga postures in harmony with breath. In consequence, Vinyasa flow is great for those looking for a dynamic yoga class with lots of variation. However, there are a few flows that are generally included in a Vinyasa class. One is the “vinyasa”, which is the sequence chaturanga dandasana – upward facing dog (urdvha mukha svanasana) or cobra (bhujangasana) – downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana). The other is the sun salutation, which has a few variations but usually includes mountain pose (tadasana) – upward salute (urdvha hastasana) – forward fold (uttanasana) – half forward fold (ardha uttanasana) – vinyasa (as described above) – half forward fold – forward fold – upward salute – mountain pose. At Yogateket, our instructors construct their Vinyasa flow classes after their own interests and expertise, which offers variation among the classes. In other words: there is a Vinyasa flow for every occasion and mood!



2 Programs

1 week

Vinyasa Fundamentals

Whether you are new to yoga or just new to Yogateket the basics of every style are a strong foundation to your practice. Vinyasa fundamentals is short beginner program to get your yoga practice right from the get-go.  

Learn how to begin to practice a vinyasa style in a safe and strong way so that you can move through a full class feeling confident and having a better understanding of the postures.

You will review something different on each class, from the concept of ujjayi breath to the foundational postures such as downward facing dog, plank pose, chaturanga, upward dog, warrior l, warrior ll and high lunge.

This is a perfect place to start if you are feeling unsure and a bit overwhelmed with what a full class. Remember that this is just the beginning and the more you practice the easier it will get. So bring your mat and couple of blocks and let your journey begin. 

4 weeks

Ladder Fit Flow

Ladder flows are different than a regular Vinyasa class because of their sequencing. We'll begin with two or three postures and then we'll keep on adding one or two new movements per round. Each round is linked by a Vinyasa or sun salutation. We'll do 5 rounds in total, by the 5th one, we'll have memorized a complete flow feeling much more comfortable in every posture and trying to do it better every time, challenging the mind and the body. Ladder Fit Flow is a great full-body workout where we balance strength and flexibility and we get a moving meditation.

1 Challenge

1 week

Step Out Of Your Yoga Comfort Zone

This week one-week long yoga challenge is meant to be a tool to grow and transform and help you to step out of your "yoga" comfort zone. 
If you are not a yogi that are trying out new classes and teachers regularly, this might be challenging but at the same time super rewarding. 
In seven days you will try six teachers and five different styles of yoga.

“When was the last time you did something for the first time.” Anonymous

 

81 Classes

45 min

Twist to Release

This class focuses on the spine, specifically in the thoracic area. Use the next 45 minutes to explore movements through the middle back such as twisting, opening and closing the chest and side bend while keeping the lower back (lumbar spine) in place.

Get ready to release your spine and feel a lot lighter after class.

25 min

Shoulder Love

This short class is all about getting your shoulders moving in all directions. Move into protraction, retraction, elevation, depression, internal rotation, and external rotation. Having healthy shoulders means being able to move them with awareness through their full range of motion. In other words, get ready to give some love to your shoulders.
35 min

Spread Your Yoga Mat

This class is for the busy bodies and minds; sometimes we need some minutes to move and get quiet. This practice will help you release unneeded tension from your body and mind by moving through this subtle, beautiful and introspective practice. Spread your mat and get ready to feel amazing!
35 min

Neutral Strength Flow

Find your new strength by working with a neutral pelvic position, then translate that into the rest of your practice and particularly into chaturanga. Start by finding neutral as you move from an anterior to a posterior pelvis then bring that into your postures through class.
45 min

Lower Body Love

We often think of a vinyasa class having a lot of focus on upper body strength. Well, get ready to bring the attention to your legs. From balancing to strengthening sequences, the next 40 minutes will be all about making your legs shake (in a good way).
45 min

Just Want to Move

For the next 45 minutes, we're going to do yoga. This class offers you a little bit o’ everything necessary to maintain strength, flexibility, and sanity.
45 min

Varying Variations

Sometimes our practice can feel a little too bland or predictable, try adding variations to spice things up. This flow is full of different poses to work with, use your imagination and allow your body to feel and experiment.  
60 min

Use Your Glutes

How often do you think about your glutes while practicing yoga? Probably not so often but believe me, you use them. In this class, we bring our focus to the glute max and medius and the movements they create as they contract. This class will give you a new understanding of how and when we use our glutes during yoga postures.
5 min

Crow Pose Tutorial

Is crow pose difficult for you? Maybe you need to try it differently. This tutorial gives you three options for you to try and find which one works for you.
45 min

Warm and Fuzzy Flow

Do you need a hug? If this flow could physically hug you, it would. This class is full of flows and asanas that will make you feel safe, grounded, and as close as possible to that feeling of being wrapped up in a blanket by a fire on a winter evening. 
60 min

Side Body Goodness - Parighasana

Many of us suffer from a lack of energy, or even anxiety, in our day to day lives due to an inability to take full breaths.

Sidebends help create space for and widen the diaphragm, that beautiful dome-shaped muscle that moves like a jellyfish underwater when you breathe, and allow the sternum to lift, supporting your experience of freedom in the breath. Plus, they feel really good. 

60 min

Block It Up

Blocks can help you tremendously as a way to improve your posture, but they can also be a great way to spice up your practice and make it more fun.

Move through different transitions using one or two blocks. Play with half moon to chair pose, warrior lll to a squat and activate you psoas with the help of a block. Get ready to sweat and have fun!

45 min

Strong Flow

Looking to build strength?

This 45-minute class moves to build strength and flows with intention throughout your whole body. Get ready to feel strong!

5 min

Headstand Tutorial

A quick breakdown of headstand for you to get some tips on how to achieve this posture.

Move close to a wall if you need to and please be careful with your cervical spine. This posture not only requires time but also strength and patience. 


60 min

All Around the Hips

Move around the hips in new and old patterns to create space and strength.

Have fun as you go through a similar flow a few times where you will change a bit here and there keeping it fresh and challenging. Get ready for a few arm balancing postures to then finish the class by moving from passive to active stretches to find where your range of motion is.

60 min

Tadasana In Every Asana

Tadasana is one of the fundamental postures in a Vinyasa style. Even if you had never thought about it, you will soon discover how you can find Tadasana in every asana. Move through a fun and challenging class finding length and a neutral pelvis that will translate into finding Tadasana.

35 min

Hug Your Knees

This vinyasa class is all about working with your psoas (hip-flexors) to help you with transitions such as stepping forward from downward facing dog. Use an active hold to hug your knee towards your chest to wake up your hip flexors. You will definitely feel your hips working.
45 min

Free Your Pelvis

Not very often do we bring the attention to our pelvis during a yoga class, but the way you place your pelvis affects the rest of your posture. Give yourself 45 minutes to explore how yoga postures can feel completely different when we give more freedom to the pelvis to move and change position.
45 min

Strengthen Your Hips

This class is about finding new ways to work with your hips, to find balance between strength and flexibility. The more we open the hips the more we want to make sure we can support that openness. We start by lubricating the hips to move into a flow full with different hip drills.
20 min

Abnormal Flow

What's normal or not normal? Come and move with me in different ways in this short but sweet abnormal flow. 
45 min

Strengthen Your Hamstrings

Stop just stretching your hamstrings, you need to strengthen them too. This 45 minute practice is dedicated to the back of the legs. Use regular yoga postures with a twist to engage your hamstrings creating stability and strength.