Hatha Yoga is all physical yoga. Of course, there are many other aspects, branches and benefits of Yoga. Most importantly, realization of all that you truly are and the connectedness that is the reality of who we are. We offer a diversity of classes at Flow for differing physical and spiritual readiness or interest. From meditation, satsang, mindbody fitness, yoga classes that integrate all limbs of yoga, and more, there is something for most everyone at Flow. Take some time to explore different teachers, classes, and find what is right for you, right now.
Can Yoga make me fit?
The answer is “yes”, if done within certain parameters. In a study performed at the University of California at Davis, students performed eight weeks of active yoga training where fitness components were tested. Significant improvements were noted in muscular strength (31%), muscular endurance (57%), flexibility (up to 188%), and VO2max (7%). Other studies also show significant improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, including increases in respiratory and cardiovascular efficiency and competence, and decreases in oxygen consumption.
So, can participants become “fit” if they just do yoga? Well, that depends. By looking at recent studies, we know that these positive results came only after practicing yoga according to certain guidelines. Studies included more than an hour of practice at least two to fours days a week. The yoga sessions included breath work with poses/asanas that included Sun Salutations (flowing – linking poses together) and challenging standing and balancing poses. Flow Yoga was designed in just this way.
Flow Vinyasa Yoga
• Improves muscle flexibility, strength and endurance – whole body fitness.
• Corrects muscular imbalances in the body and helps to prevent injuries and imbalances from recurring
• Creating a balance between energy and calm, reducing stress and tension
• Improves self esteem through mindbody awareness and realizing presence
• Improves concentration and creativity
• Lowers body fat and improves cardiovascular health
• Stimulates the immune system
Can Flow Yoga prevent injuries and keep me pursuing the activities I love?
Flow yoga is a blend of functional strength and functional flexibility practiced with the rhythm of the breath to bring about a greater awareness of muscular imbalances in the body. By bringing awareness to where our bodies are imbalanced, we can begin to correct those imbalances and feel more freedom, strength and flexibility in our bodies.
I am considering taking one of the Hot Classes, what are some of the benefits of a heated room?
There are unlimited benefits to yoga. It reduces stress, increases blood circulation, and improves strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times per week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g., arthritis and thyroid disorders). It also promotes relaxation. In Hot classes, the room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allows you to work deeper. The heat can heal, but it can also give you the soft tissue flexibility to push yourself too far. Heat promotes sweating, which flushes toxins from your body. High heat is not appropriate for all bodies. If you are pregnant or have other health conditions that may be negatively affected by the heat, such as hypertension, vascular disease, history of stroke, multiple sclerosis, or others, please consult your physician prior to attending. You can also take Flow classes in a “warm” enviornment, if the heat is not appropriate for you.
What else can Flow Yoga do for me?
In addition to improved fitness and overall health, yoga has been shown to decrease stress and tension in the body and mind. Flow yoga allows us to find health, balance and joy in our lives. Community, relationships and loving support are incredibly important to a fulfilled life and you will find that environment here at Flow.
Which membership package is best for me, if I am just starting out and I am not sure if yoga is right for me?
It takes three to six weeks for the body to become neuromuscularly coordinated to a new form of movement or exercise. So, that means the first few classes, the first few weeks, you may feel clumsy, awkward, sore, shaky, light-headed, etc. If any of these symptoms are severe talk to your therapist or doctor and let your instructors at Flow know that you have been experiencing these things. After that time, the practice will start to feel natural and will just flow for you.
We recommend starting out your membership with the commitment of, at least, an 8-class package. You owe it to yourself to practice enough classes over 3-6 weeks to make a real sound decision about which classes and instructors are the best fit for your body right now in your practice.
To create a new habit it takes 3 months of being committed to doing something. So, an even better commitment is signing up for our Monthly Unlimited Autodeduct Rate of $79. This membership allows you to attend an unlimited variety of classes and instructors . At the end of three months, if you decide yoga is just not right for you, you can give your 30 days notice to cancel your membership.
• Can vinyasa flow yoga make you fit? By Chrys Kub, M.S. P.T. & Stephanie Adams