The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.
All Flow classes are based on the principle of “vinyasa” – a system of movement and breath work that builds both strength and flexibility in the body. In Flow, rhythmic movement builds internal heat, moves the blood and exercises the muscles, burns impurities in the body, and through rhythm and repetition, develops clarity of mind.
Yoga is much more than the physical ‘asana’ practice. In its fullest sense yoga is a science of the mind. Asana – the postures practiced in our classes – is a good place to start. Through asana we develop physical strength, flexibility and suppleness – clearing out blocks in the body that hold us back. A healthy, strong and free body supports the mind to be healthy, strong and free.
There are numerous variations of Sun Salutations. No matter the style, salutes are an energising sequence of poses to generate heat in the body, and to stretch and strengthen all the major muscle groups.
The effect generally of forward bending poses is to soothe the nervous system; open the muscles and energy channels that run along the back side of the body, and to still the mind.
Poses that open the front of the chest and middle/lower back are energising. They encourage an expansion of the chest cavity and respiratory system, and free up the shoulders and chest.
Twists encourage spinal mobility and tone/detoxify the digestive system and internal organs.
Poses that drop the heart lower than the head or that raise the legs overhead, invert gravity. These poses aid circulation, and help the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain, sensory organs and the face. They support the lymphatic system and depending on the pose will either energise us or soothe the nervous system. Given the psychological challenges of going upside down they are also great teachers – helping us to come to terms with fear, patience and humility.
Just about each pose has a series of contraindications – meaning those suffering certain ailments or in certain stages of life should either practice with caution, make modifications or avoid particular poses altogether. Communicating with your teacher about conditions and injuries is key to a safe practice.