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 yoga online, 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 are short beginners 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.
In this Vinyasa Yoga program, we focus on embodying the qualities of Pancha Mahabhutas or 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space) into the vinyasa practice. Each of the 5 elements has certain qualities and we are all an embodiment of the qualities. When these qualities are in balance we experience harmony in our life. Although vinyasa yoga is primarily a fire practice, being aware of the qualities of 5 elements and incorporating them into the practice will help us have a more balanced body and mind. Get ready to get strong, flexible, centered and more open in body, mind, and spirit.
Enjoy your practice!
Whole30 Class Program
Are you looking to incorporate healthy movement into your lifestyle this 2019?
We have made a special program for you who are following the Whole30 timeline. But of course, anyone can start this 30 days of yoga classes, movement, breathing, and mindfulness.
Enjoy the classes.
In this program we will focus on progressive backbends when we think of backbends we should think of 2 of 2 components, back body strength and front body opening lack of either might often create discomfort in the lower back. This program focuses on progressively building back body strength and opening up front body to find ease in your backbends.
Be patient and find your way up progressively.
Enjoy your practice!
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