What is a FLUID YOGA class like?

 

In this Fluid Yoga class, we will dynamically link the flowing nature of the breath with mindful, continual movement and creative sequencing. This heat-building vinyasa flow will not only increase strength and flexibility, but also train the mind to be more content and relaxed throughout the most difficult challenges on and off the mat. Using the classical elements as inspiration, we will become grounded and refine our balance with the earth, explore flowing movement and grace in the manner of water, ignite fire within our bodies through core strengthening and detoxification, and empower the air flowing within us through breath control and mind training. All classes end with a guided savasana, to embrace our space element and rejuvenate the spirit. The ultimate goal is for students to leave class feeling peaceful, powerful and full of bliss.

Note: Caitlin's FLOW classes are based on a Fluid Yoga style. All classes take place at Sangha Studio, Burlington VT. 

 

Class Variations:

Yin Flow

Yin Flow combines the deep, still practice of yin yoga with the heat and fluidity of a vinyasa flow class. 

 

Class will begin with a sequence of yin yoga postures. Yin postures have long, deep holds that are aimed at consciously lengthening the body's connective tissue (focusing on the tendons and ligaments). Yin Yoga strives to enhance flexibility and increase range of motion in the joints. Props are used to be sure that each person is comfortable in each pose while maintaining their limits. 

 

The second portion of class will be a shorter all-levels Flow sequence. This flow aims to build on the poses introduced in the Yin portion of class.

 

Yin Flow is great for a beginner person, someone looking to slow down their practice, or in times of physical injury. Yin is also a practice that can be very beneficial for people with tight joints.

Spa Yoga

SPA YOGA is a slow-flow, floor-based, whole-body sensory experience based on Fluid Yoga sequencing. By engaging all five of the senses with soft candlelight, soothing music, aromatherapy, lots of hands-on assists and a renewed awareness of taste (and sometimes chocolate!). SPA aligns practitioners with the inner wisdom of deep relaxation. The physical practice takes time to open the body’s subtle energy and prepares students to experience new depths of awareness in an extended, guided shavasana.

Dharma
Discussion

Dharma Discussion is a monthly event open to everyone who wishes to deepen their growth as spiritual practioners. Each event will start or end with a short meditation. During each discussion, a predetermined topic will be presented (you can find each topic ahead of time by checking our social media if desired, though no prior research is required). Topics will revolve around discussing yogic philosophies and practices and the ways in which we weave these into our modern world. Come and simply listen or join in the conversation as you wish.

These discussions are free. Should you like to bring something to share with the group, you are welcome to. Tea provided.

Move &
Meditate

This one hour class will take you back 5,000 years where we learn the simple art of moving the body in order to prepare for meditation.

Class will start with a 30-40 minute flow style class to release energy and prepare our bodies and mind for a state of meditation. Each class will focus on different styles of meditation – sitting, lying down, guided, quiet, and others. The goal of this class is to explore meditative techniques while igniting the body and purifying the soul. All levels welcome. Beginners encouraged.

 

Yin

Yin postures have long, deep holds that are aimed at consciously lengthening the body’s connective tissue (focusing on the tendons and ligaments). Yin Yoga strives to increase circulation and motion in the joints and enhance flexibility. Each posture is held for 3-5 minutes and props are used as students are encouraged to find their edge and mindfully sit with discomfort.

Morning Movement

Similar to a Fluid Yoga class. We will move through all the same postures, but at a pace that we are all feeling in the early morning, making this class a great start to your day and get you all stretched out!

Flow II

Flow II is a flow style class that will expand the scope of your yoga practice by integrating challenging (and perhaps new) transitions and postures into each sequence. Each class will begin with a warm up and then move through a flow that weaves in peak poses and creative transitions throughout the entire class. All practitioners are welcome, though this class will move at a quicker pace than a standard Flow class.

 

Familiarity with foundational poses is strongly recommended (warrior postures, chaturanga alignment, basic standing balances, etc.)

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