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!
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.
Ladder Fit FlowLadder 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.
Trust Your Foundation
In today’s society, there is a lot of talk about “finding balance,” as if it was some elusive, mystical state in a galaxy far far away, that we can only reach through much effort and experimenting.
The truth is that balance is our naturally inherent state. If we could remove all the clutter, we have placed on top of the body’s natural wisdom, and become more adept at listening to what it tells us. We would know when something is throwing us out of that naturally present state of ease. Instead of burying that something under more distractions, we would simply let it go.
Finding physical balance is about learning not to hold on, or grasp, for dear life, but rather trusting yourself enough to expand into the space around you. To live your life fully, with a sense of feeling grounded and rooted, yet infinitely light.
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga for Beginners is accessible for everyone. This program is designed for those who want to start doing yoga and need a bit of guidance before trying their first class.
During the next four weeks, we will look at some of the foundational postures of a vinyasa class such as the downward facing dog, plank, chaturanga, etc. Move through twenty-minute classes where we will stop a little bit here and there for you to understand how to do a posture and still get the time to practice it.
Move at your own pace, take your time and take four weeks to begin your yoga journey.
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