What is Vinyasa?
Vinyasa flow is the style of yoga that is practiced in many Sound Method classes. Power yoga is a type of Vinyasa Flow. Like many Sanskrit terms Vinyasa has several meanings. The direct translation is “to place in a special way”. The term also refers to a flowing dynamic form of yoga in which static yoga poses or asana are linked by complementary transition poses, usually Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar. The benefits of practicing yoga this way are many. Internal heat is produced and retained through flowing movement to fully warm and engage muscles and connective tissues. Tight muscles and joints benefit from performing asana that both stretch and flex body parts repeatedly and the heart rate rises helping to burn calories and improve the cardiovascular fitness. Vinyasa, vinyasa flow and power yoga styles are often associated with an unrelenting speed of practice. At Sound Method breath and alignment are paramount. The practice is only as fast or slow as the pace of the breath. In this way the practice becomes customized to the individual. The goal in yoga is to link the body and the mind, the breath and the movement; in this way yogis aspire to reach a moving meditation. Connecting with the impermanence of any one pose in vinyasa yoga is a transferable skill that is an asset to yogis in all aspects of life. Breath is an valuable component to all styles of yoga and is indeed the soul of any yoga practice. In vinyasa yoga we learn to rely on the breath for strength, for surrender and without sacrifice.
What to expect at class.
To sweat. Yoga is more than just exercise but you will leave feeing like you’ve worked hard. Bring water and consider layering your clothing. Well fitted workout clothes are fine, but avoid loose fitting shorts to preserve modesty. Yoga is practiced bare foot on a yoga mat. If you do not have a mat you can borrow one for $2 or purchase one from us.
To be compassionate. Yoga is not competitive; through yoga we learn to practice compassion first with ourselves so we can then be kind to others. Yoga is where we get better. If you are worried about your lack of flexibility, strength or experience, weight, age ,etc…. join us. We can improve at all ages and sizes. Sound Method is an inclusive environment that welcomes all yogis. Vinyasa and power can be quite physically demanding so check out a Yin class if you are looking for something a little more soothing. If you have a specific health concern that you would like to discuss before your visit, email Mandy at email@example.com or call us at 402-991-POSE.
To be on time. Please be considerate of your fellow yogis and arrive a few minutes before class. If you arrive the minute class begins you will almost certainly be locked out, so come early!
To repeat. The best kind of exercise is the kind that you love. As with any physical fitness program yoga can and should be done regularly. For some this means once a week. For most it means at least twice a week. The average Sound Method student practices two to three times weekly. Because frequent practice is so important Sound Method offers unlimited yoga (drop in classes) for just $90 per month. If you would like to know what class or classes are right for you please contact Mandy at 402-991-POSE or firstname.lastname@example.org.