Go With The Flow

First off, its am amazing Queens Of The Stone Age song, but thats not what I’m talking about today – although doing a blog on yoga playlists will be something to expect soon.

I love to create flow with my yoga. Vinyasa, or Flow yoga is a sequence of movements synchronised to the breath. Flow yoga creates a smooth stream of poses that run into one another, almost becoming like a dance or composition. I enjoy this style as the breath-body connection becomes incredibly intertwined as you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection,” and for me it creates the connection to my mind and my practise that draws me back to my yoga mat every time.

My latest video is a great introduction to a gentle flow sequence (if i do say so myself!) It offers a simple flow that will help connect you to your breath.

 

Another great element of Flow yoga is its timing. You can slow the flow right down, easy inhales and exhales, lowering your heart rate and preparing you for relaxation or meditation. Try this now in an easy pose to sit in (this could be seated on the floor or on a chair) Bring your arms gently down to your side, palms facing out – take a deep inhale through the nose lifting the hands to rest gently on the chest then take an easy exhale out out the nose bringing the hands back down. Repeat for 3 breaths then take note of how you feel. You can speed up the flow, creating energy and strength – great for both the physical body and also the mind – many people find this strong flow really brings them inner clarity and focus. An example of this could be a sun salutation or try the following; from DFD (Downward Facing Dog pose), walk your feet up to meet your hands at the top of your mat and one vertebrae at a time roll up to standing, lifting the hands all the way up to meet above your head, swan dive right back down to a forward fold and then make your way to DFD – walk your hands to the back of your mat to meet your feet and gently roll up bringing the hands to the chest feeling your heart pumping for you. (If that sounds confusing then watch the video for a helping hand!)

I feel that Flow yoga’s strength is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, or sequence that you or your teacher must follow, so there is a lot of room for your own character and style to come through. If you like having things a little loose and unpredictable and like to keep moving, I think this style is definitely worth a go!

Take care,

Laura x