Vinyasa Flow yoga is the practice of being absolutely present. Movement to movement. Breath by breath. Moment by moment. Following our breath, we travel in and out of the asanas (poses) mindfully, consciously, staying absolutely present to the sensations that arise so we can adjust– sensing if we can explore deeper into the asana, or if we need to pull back. It’s a meditation in motion meant to bring peace of mind, clarity, balance.
We practice yoga with the intention of releasing the tension that lies deep within the tissue, impacting how we move, breathe, and behave. We practice yoga with the intention of improving our body mechanics, to give us more freedom, more ease, and less pain and accepting wherever we are in our practice that day without judgement or expectations. In this way we create an environment that is nurturing and supportive for growth and transformation. Exploring our body through the poses, we can seek out and recognize areas where we hold tension, and through the breath, dissipate it. We have an opportunity to study our habits which lead to dysfunctional movement, seeking out imbalances so we can create harmony and balance.
Yoga is a science of harmonizing energy, a science of clearing the mind, a science of balancing the body. And when yoga follows the principles of anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics… it is a truly amazing experience.
Think back to the 80’s, when everyone worked out to Jane Fonda. Remember the leg warmers and headbands, working and sweat’n it out? We were motivated by ” no pain, no gain” and other expressions like “make it burn”, “push harder, further”, and “you can do more”. It became part of the cultural mindset of the workout world. Subtle brainwashing that ultimately resulted in a lot of aches, pains, strains, and tears.
Enter the 90’s, when we were looking for something less taxing on our bodies, more mind/body with less pounding and pushing. Yoga became mainstream, but the cultural mindset didn’t change. Gym Yoga and yoga “boot camps” became popular and turned westernized yoga into a “work-out” instead of a “work-in”.
2012 – The time has come to let go of Jane. (thank you Susi Hately!) Letting go of Jane means working within your own potential, your own strength, in a pain-free, pure range of motion. It’s about listening to and honoring your body to find your edge. Yoga isn’t about pushing it as far as you can, over-acheiving to be the best. It’s about doing what’s best to feed and fuel yourself, to optimize how your body functions so that whether your a runner, biker, golfer, tennis player, whatever you love– you can do it longer, without pain and with less risk of injury.