There are so many styles of yoga to love. So why choose Vinyasa? To me, the Vinyasa style is almost like dancing by myself when no one is looking. I love that freeing feeling of moving my body for myself, by myself. Obviously in a yoga class I’m not exactly “by myself” but it doesn’t take long to get into your own flow and realize that no one else is there to watch you…they’re doing their own internal dance as well!
Although every class is a little different, what makes a yoga class a Vinyasa class is the one-breath to one-movement flow. When you are able to focus your mind on your breath, it becomes an active moving meditation.
Before I took my first yoga class in my 20s, I had this preconceived notion that yoga was slow and boring and for old people. The class I walked into was a Vinyasa Power Flow that changed my perception of yoga forever. I kissed my gym membership goodbye when I realized that yoga could be just as physically challenging and more fun. Slowly, my body started changing. I noticed muscle definition in parts of my body that I hadn’t seen before, I didn’t get winded carrying groceries up the stairs to my apartment, and I was finally able to do all of the chatturangas in the 90-minute class! As the physical changes were happening, I also noticed changes in other areas of my life that I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t as angry when something didn’t go my way, I felt calmer and more patient with myself and with others, and I started appreciating the small things in life. I literally caught myself stopping to smell flowers one day while walking home from class.
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.