I teach a form of yoga called Vinyasa. Vinyasa means ‘movement aligned with breath’. It’s a dynamic form of yoga. It’s very beautiful, very powerful, and very relaxing, all at the same time. It’s an ideal practice to strengthen and lengthen the body, to cultivate strong and fluid breathing, and at the same time concentrate the mind and liberate the spirit.
My Yoga Vinyasa lessons are soft and slow. However, they can also be stimulating, strengthening and a little demanding – both mentally and physically. For this reason, it’s important that all participants have some experience . I teach the foundations of the practice at the beginning of the season.
Classes begin with breath awareness to calm and focus the mind. Then we do a light warm-up sequence to open the body – especially important if you are sedentary for most of the day (or the week!). Once we’ve established the connection between the rhythm and the quality of both breath and movement (vinyasa), we’re ready to explore what’s available within.
After a few Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara), we do a sequence of standing positions to stabilize and define the foundations. Through seated, supine and inverted postures, and through positions which challenge our balance, we develop our ability to feel and listen to subtle details. Slowly but surely, breath after breath, we reach towards our point of potential – without ever using force.
By the end of the practice we’re deeply relaxed. We take a moment of meditation to appreciate how our mind has become calm. And finally, through savasana, we assimilate the benefits of our work.