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Flow and Vinyasa- (Hatha-Based Yoga)

Flow-Vinyasa Yoga

What is Flow Yoga?
Flow Yoga links the postures practiced in a regular Hatha class into a sequence of movements that "flow" with the breath in a more vigorous series. Flow Yoga or Vinyasa involves moving from one posture to another with very little rest in between and creates a strong cardiovascular workout.

Variations on the Sun Salutation are often used as a warm-up, followed by a standing sequence, balancing poses, and then seated poses. As in all Hatha classes, relaxation (savasana) ends the class. Hatha Flow is recommended for students who have practiced Hatha Yoga and are interested in exploring a more movement-oriented class. Flow Yoga builds strength, endurance, and a strong focus. The physical practice will naturally build heat in the body.

Who Can Practice Flow Yoga? Flow Yoga classes are best suited for students who:

  • Are familiar with Sun Salutations
  • Have practiced inversion postures (such as headstand or shoulder stand) or are willing to try inversions
  • Seek a stronger physical workout in their yoga practice

Who Can Practice Vinyasa? Vinyasa classes are best suited for students who:

  • Have a desire to learn and practice more challenging Hatha Yoga postures, though modifications are always offered.
  • Enjoy breath led and breath centered movement
  • Like a little sweat!

Hatha Flow
Hatha Flow synchronizes movement and breath to produce a flow of postures that lead naturally from one to the next. Expect to move continuously through about a third of the class. Students should understand that the classroom is not cooled (73-78 degrees) and that the physical practice can naturally build heat in the body. Familiarity with the basics of Hatha yoga is required

Candlelight Flow
Candlelight Flow is a sweet practice, using flowing asanas in a candlelit room. Emphasis is placed on internalizing the practice− students should have the foundation of flow-based yoga to fully enjoy this meditative flow practice.

Vinyasa uses vigorous flows of postures to warm the body, focus the mind, increase flexibility and build strength and stamina. Classes are taught in a warm room, and students should expect to move continuously throughout the majority of the class. Familiarity with Hatha and the basics of Hatha Flow is suggested.

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