Lotus Flow yoga is based on traditional Vinyasa in which movement is synchronized to the breath. This is also known as flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. One moves from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning "connection," the connection between movement and breath. At Lotus Flow this connection is at the foundation of all of our practices.
Increase in cardiorespiratory efficiency
Increased strength and endurence
Works both large and small muscl groups
Strengthens core muscles
Reduces anxiety, stress, and elevates mood
Vinyasa Flow Yoga was born out of the Ashtanga lineage. The Ashtanga school was developed by a yogi named Sri Krishnamacharya, who taught it to Patthabi Jois. Jois taught in Mysore, India in the first half of the 20th century. Ashtanga has since been popularized in the West by his students.
Ashtanga yoga was taught by Jois as moving meditation. He believed that the movements between each asana should be considered just as important as the postures themselves. The idea behind this is to deepen concentration and body consciousness through the entire practice. Rather than focusing on “getting into the posture” and then breathing, in Vinyasa, we try to keep the deep breathing and correct alignment consistent throughout all movement during the class.
The term Vinyasa also refers to a sequence of poses called the Sun Salutation. At Lotus Flow we use this sequence as a foundation and then build poses off of it that increase, concntration, and self awareness.