Intro to Yoga / FAQ

“All of yoga practice is about energy. The more alive we are the more energy we’re allowing to move through us–unblocked. Feelings are just a form of energy, and we want these energies to move through us and not get stuck. Posture practice on the mat is a kind of brilliant laboratory in which we get to let energy move through every part of our body…” —— Stephen Cope

 

 

flowslider_2014_4_7_1What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha is a Sanskrit word and its two most widely-used translations are “for health” and “sun/moon”. Hatha yoga renews, invigorates, and heals the body, while stretching and strengthening the muscles, joints, and spine and directing blood and oxygen to the internal organs (including the glands and organs and nerves.) Given the popularity of hatha yoga, many of us still have questions about what the different “styles”of yoga are. You may also wonder which style might benefit you.

 

What is Flow Yoga?

Flow, or “vinyasa”, yoga is an evolving style of hatha yoga within the Western yoga community and is quickly becoming the most popular style of yoga taught in America today. Flow yoga is an active style of yoga linking poses together with the breath. Flow yoga modifies the poses for greater safety and gives lots of options in each pose so that every body can feel uniquely and successfully challenged. Flow yoga can be practiced by every body and brings the perfect balance of energy and calm to the body and mind. 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.

 

flowslider_2014_2What are the benefits of a heated room?

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 confidence to push yourself too far. Heat promotes sweating, which flushes toxins from your body. We typically heat our classes to 95 degrees, no higher. 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” environment, if the heat is not appropriate for you.

 

 

flow_kids3Do you offer private sessions?

Many think yoga may be beneficial for their overall health and well-being, but are intimidated by the class experience. At Flow, we understand that if you can breathe, you can do Yoga. At our studio we have many highly experienced and talented yoga teachers, that offer their individual strengths and styles. If you are interested in private instruction, please email flowmanager@gorge.net and we can help you determine which instructor will be best for what you are wanting in a private yoga teacher. Private yoga can be a great way to start to feel comfortable with yoga where you can then transition into the class experience. Or, if you are an intermediate or advanced practitioner, a private session can help you determine the best direction your path might take or provide instruction on subtle alignment changes….$60/hour.

 

 

 

flow_slide6“I’m not Flexible, I have an injury, I’m too old, don’t have the right body-type, etc.”

These are all common concerns that people use as excuses to not practice yoga. The truth is – you don’t have to be young, in perfect health with superman strength and ballerina flexibility to do yoga. You simply need to find the right style of yoga and instructor for YOU and your body, and allow yourself to practice at your own speed and within your physical limits. Yoga is a practice, and one that can be progressive and done in ANY body as long as you give yourself some grace in the process and allow for helpful modifications. At Flow we do our best to offer a diverse range of classes taught by instructors that are trained in sound alignment and biomechanics. Essentially we offer a little something for everyone – from Restorative Yoga Nidra and Align Flow to Hot Power Flow. Yoga for 50+, Mindful Movement, Align Flow, and Restorative can be great places to get started. Not sure what class will fit your needs??? Give us a call between 9-3 Monday – Saturday and we would be happy to speak with you more about our class offerings.