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This class offers methods to advance practices in freediving, scuba diving, and meditation, drawing on ancient yogic traditions to cultivate the breath, train the diaphragm for control and mobility, and recalibrate the nervous system. We will begin with gentle stretching and movement leading into coordinated breath and movement kriyas, and Pranayama (breath regulation through specific techniques and exercise.) Our Pranayama practice will include Kapalabhati, Alternating Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Alternating Bhastrika, and Positive Breathing. We'll finish with Nauli Kriya and self-massage on the diaphragm. Please arrive to class with an empty stomach.
While the look of inversions and arm-balances can be intimidating, this Vinyasa Flow class emphasizes the exploration and preparation toward flying postures, whether or not we ever achieve their fullest expression. Embarking on a conscious journey en route to flying through these poses, we confront our mental obstacles and develop our understanding and application of body mechanics, learning to establish firm foundations, shift gravity centers, and find balanced alignment. While this class is aimed toward more intermediate to advanced practitioners, anyone who is already familiar and comfortable with mixed levels Vinyasa practice may find this class helpful and enjoyable; we'll approach these challenges with lightheartedness in a supportive group. As always, all postures and transitions are suggestions about what we might work toward incorporating into our practice; it is always okay to modify or skip postures, or to stop, watch, and ask questions.
We begin with a sequence of standing moving qigong to warm up and encourage our qi to course through all the meridians of the body. Once we've activated our energies and loosened up our joints, we practice coordinated breath with movement exercises, which apply specific breathing cycles and engage the body locks to focus our qi and direct it up the spine to the higher chakras. These exercises aim to restore balance in the body--moving forward and back, left and right, up and down--to restore harmony in the brain's hemispheres and align in our center. These fundamental practices effect a sense of great stillness and peace, which supports our following practice with more subtle qigong internal meditations. After focusing within, we expand our energies outward once more, closing our practice with meridian stretches, tapping, and brushing.
Flow through progressive yoga sequences and experience the meditation in coordinating each inhalation and exhalation with deliberate movement. Class begins with centering ourselves and bringing awareness to the breath. We warm our bodies with gentle stretching and then move into aerobic standing sequences to build heat and develop strength. Seated sequences follow, moving through stretches to expand flexibility as we cool down for full relaxation. We rest in savasana to seal our bodies with the benefits of the practice, and end with a brief meditation.
This yin yoga class invites us to take our time, moving with care and intention, and to explore the depths and reaches of our postures as we breathe into each pose for one to three minutes. In Sanskrit, Prana denotes our primary energy — our breath, vital force, and consciousness. In taking care to maintain full breath cycles, and in applying dynamic breath rhythms, we invite holding patterns within the body to release. In focusing our awareness and directing our attentions, we create spaciousness in the body allowing for subtle shifts and transformations. In visualizing the body's energetic meridian lines, we establish more harmonious Prana flows and restore the body's natural balance. With the aid of our props — yoga blocks and straps, and massage balls — we are supported and encouraged to meet ourselves where we are, with full presence and loving acceptance.
Yoga Foundations offers an accessible and complete introduction to Vinyasa Yoga for those in the beginning stages of their practice, and invites more advanced students to delve into a slower-paced class to engage deeply with the core pillars of Vinyasa Flow. This class emphasizes moving consciously with the breath, developing body-awareness and breath-awareness, and teaches proper placement to build postures from the foundation up. Instruction cues aim to encourage body alignment for stability and strength, and to train our discipline while also fostering sensitivity to our limits and attuning to our body wisdom and intuition.
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