Flow is a dynamic style of yoga that connects breathing with movement, generating heat by transitioning quickly between postures. It is a faster paced style which typically holds poses for five to ten breaths, requiring strong focus and concentration to stay connected to each and every movement.
Vinyasa has its roots in Ashtanga, developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and is characterized by a focus on the vinyasa – a set of postures which enables the practitioner to flow between each pose. It often includes Sun Salutations in the beginning, followed by a standing sequence and ending with a seated sequence. Within this practice, we offer classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
Beginner Series: Classes teach new students a basic sequence, with gentle-transition vinyasa poses and a focus on building the practice safely, to help students prepare for Level 1.
Ashtanga Vinyasa: This fast-paced style incorporates poses from the warm up, standing and finishing sequence from the Ashtanga method above. One hour classes are modified from the Primary Series. Rocket and advanced level classes incorporate poses from Ashtanga's other series.
Vinyasa Flow: Level I or mixed levels classes are moderately paced sequences with a combination of standing and seated poses with a broader set of influences including other styles listed here. Level II/III classes include more advanced transitions, sequences and postures.
Jivamukti: This style of yoga, developed by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is physically vigorous and dynamic as well as spiritual, intellectual and emotional. Each class is supported by a monthly theme that interweaves philosophy and spiritual teachings from both modern and ancient yogic texts and incorporates chanting Sanskrit mantras, the spoken word, and inspiring music. Spiritual Warrior is an hour long Jivamukti class with a set sequence, and is appropriate for all levels.
Bhakti Flow, developed by San Francisco-based teacher Rusty Wells, focuses on deep rhythmic breathing combined with a rigorous asana practice in a warm studio with inspiring music. Each class begins and ends with chanting. Level I/II are for students who are comfortable with fast-paced sequences and have a basic understanding of key poses, including the Sanskrit names. Level II/III for for advanced students who have developed a strong ujjayi pranayama breath and feel comfortable with inversions and balancing poses.
Please see the class descriptions within the schedule page for more details..