In Slow Flow breath and movement are connected. Time is given to find alignment and to refine and strengthen the poses. Slow Flow allows the practitioner to become familiar with his or her body, to create a thoughtful pause and find the time to go inward. This slower pace leads to the meditative practices of mindfulness of action and awareness of breathing.
Slow Flow is beneficial to newer students, those who desire deep concentration within their practice, those who have suffered an injury or have poor balance as it stimulates sweating and circulation and improves strength, flexibility, mobility, and overall concentration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Slow Flow yoga class is not only for beginners. However, we do recommend that beginners start with Slow Flow in order to experience the benefits of this particular approach. Beginners can become acquainted with the practice of finding awareness of breath during practice, as well as get to know areas of strength and areas for improvement.
Every body is different. The time allotted for each pose in the Slow Flow class allows you to discover and fine tune the pose to your comfort level. Take this class as an opportunity to try out modifications and alternate approaches to poses that have traditionally given you issues in the past.
The slower pace of this class means that your body must rely less on momentum and more on its own strength to achieve and hold poses. The practice of giving more time to poses allows regular or advanced practitioners to refine their poses, strengthen new areas, revisit previous challenges, and connect with their breath, all without the pressure of moving on to the next movement.
Not in the traditional sense, however, the slower pace and longer periods of time given for holding poses allows for the breath, body and mind to find a deeper connection. Given this aspect of the class, you may be able to reach a meditative state.
Slow Flow is best for those that would like to take an even more mindful approach to their practice. You may go into this class with a certain goal — such as being more aware of your breath or conquering a particular pose — and commit to taking it until you’ve reached that particular goal. You may also leverage Slow Flow to compliment other class types, taking this time to develop an awareness for areas of improvement and refine those areas.
Either way, we recommend coming back to Slow Flow to have that check in with yourself as the body and mind change from day to day, month to month, year to year. The deeper your know your mind and body, the more you will get back from your practice.