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Foundations of Flow

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Emily Brown

on 12 October 2012

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Transcript of Foundations of Flow

Foundations of Flow The Challenges and Beauty of Teaching A combination of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Viniyoga
Vinyasa Flow does not come from any particular lineage
No "figure head" or "Guru" What are the Roots of Vinyasa Flow? Vinyasa Flow is an interpretation based on the teacher
Lends to great creativity and expressiveness
Encourages a connection with the inner teacher
Supports the idea that we all "know"
Can be an amazing experience for both teacher and student as it encourages individuality and self-confidence Encourages Creativity Often translated as "breath linked with movement"
Because of this translation, Flow yoga is often understood as a dance-like practice linking multiple postures together with the pace of the breath
This is often misinterpreted to mean keeping up continuous movement without holding poses Meanings of Vinyasa The fact that there is no "head" can also be problematic
No systematic approach, no real way evaluating, and no accountability Presents Challenges Origin of Flow Yoga

The Meanings of Vinyasa

Making the Practice Safe Meanings of Vinyasa Vinyasa can also be translated as "to arrange or place in a certain way"
This translation implies a practice with a theme or purpose with poses linked or associated together
Less emphasis can be placed on continuous movement or linking multiple poses together and vinyasa can be an intentional practice or a movement meditation Making the Practice Safe Flow Yoga tends to have the biggest reputation for injuries
This is where our understanding of what Vinyasa means becomes important
Injuries often happen in the transitions, moving in and out of poses
When a practice is focused solely on continuous movement there are a lot of transitions that are happening
It is easy to get caught up in teaching a vigorous flow which is often student's perspective of the practice
As a teacher, it is important to offer a practice that is sustainable Making the Practice Safe Most people think of as being flexible like water adjusting as it goes down a canyon or around shifts around rocks
What we tend to neglect is water needs something to flow through or upon!
You cannot have flow or liquid without the opposite; a firm, supportive structure through which it flows
Flow yoga uses proper alignment, attunement with breath, and focused attention
Flow yoga can be practiced in a vigorous, dynamic, and stimulating manner and also a soft, gentle, and restorative practice
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