Some students (especially those coming to class for the asana – the poses – strictly as a work out) hear, “Slow Flow” and think that means the class will be heavily meditative and not physically challenging enough for them. Au contraire!
Some have said it’s just dying, but slower. (KIDDING! KIDDING!)
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga actually is wonderful. It’s one of my favorite class types to teach.
It allows beginners to create their own synchronized dance that is their own practice, while having the time in postures to really learn the poses and how to move, breathe, and stretch between them.
Slow flow brings the element of time into the practice in ways that other powerful flow classes do not, giving time to evaluate how and when a pose should to be modified, maybe due to physical limitations or limitations in experience. Each practitioner also has the time to mentally engage with the body, as it moves through a series, creating a really mindful practice. The mind and body connection is one of the main goals when practicing all forms of Yoga, so slowing down the vinyasa is a wonderful way to go about discovering one’s personal limitations and learning how to move past those limitations.
Slow Flow Yoga is not restricted to beginners or those with physical limitations by any means. Any student of any level or experience can find their own personal challenges, as they slowly and mindfully move through a series. The pace may be slower, but challenges will be present with difficulties to work through. Even the most advanced students can find they have much to learn within the reflective pace of a slow flow class. Poses can be refined and strengthened, without feeling rushed into the next move, next breath, or next pose.
Furthermore, slow flow holds time and space for each of us to become familiar with our own bodies, create a reflective pause in our minds, and create the time to go inward into our own hearts and spirits.
It is a therapeutic dance of moving meditation and a delight to practice and teach.
Currently, I am offering a slow flow vinyasa class every Wednesday at the Balancing Flamingo Yoga Lounge in Parma at 8pm! Stop out and flow with me and the flock sometime!