Much like hatha, vinyasa is a general term that describes many different styles of yoga. The word “vinyasa” essentially means the synching of breath and movement. “Vinyasa” is also used in many classes to cue part of a sun salutation, particularly when one flows through plank, chaturanga, upward facing dog and downward facing dog.
Some vinyasa classes are vigorous and move through countless “vinyasas” during class at a rapid pace. In addition, some vinyasa classes are heated to induce sweating and raise the heart rate, others are synchronized to popular music. Although I appreciate and occasionally enjoy a more vigorous class, my approach to teaching vinyasa is very different.
I have learned through my personal practice as well as my teaching that no style of yoga has to be linear. Just as no two bodies are the same, no two teachers are the same. The same style of yoga can be interpreted and taught many different ways. That being said, what should you expect when you come to my vinyasa class?
My teaching style is inspired from hatha, Iyengar and vinyasa flow. I enjoy creating sequences that flow seamlessly from pose to pose using the breath. Linking our breath to dynamic movement allows us to maintain moment to moment awareness. I also feel that it is important to spend static time in postures, offering general alignment as well as variations to help students find their own unique expression of the poses.
My classes do transition through “vinyasas” but I limit the number to focus more on form than repetition, intention rather than momentum. Variations are offered as well as the option to skip the vinyasas entirely. Students are encouraged to move through their practice based on their own direct experience, finding presence within the pose.
My approach to vinyasa is both accessible to beginners and an opportunity for intermediate or advanced students to fine-tune their practice. Come practice with me, meeting yourself on your mat exactly where you are, moment to moment, breath to breath.