Find Your Prana | Vinyasa Yoga Flow
From Jenn Collotta
An in-depth look into practice
Vinyasa comes from the Sanskrit word nyasa meaning, “to place,” and the prefix vi – “in a special way”.
This practice is intentionally sequenced to ignite your internal fire with a focus on spinal extension and flexion. We flow one breath to one movement to awaken the connection between your breath and body, movement and meditation and strength and surrender.
Prana is our vital life force, or that which sustains life. The word prānāyāma means to expand upon our vital life force – to cultivate more. Two things happen through intentional breathing: one, more prana finds its way into your physical form and two, more āpana is released from your body. Āpana is your waste energy, energy that is harmful to our beings (think carbon dioxide or the process of digestion) or has already been used. Āpana is present in our exhales and it is often said our exhales should be longer than our inhales. This is due to the fact that āpana, or waste energy, must first exit the body to create room for prana, vital energy.
Even the cycle of human life is bookmarked by these forces. We come into this would with a massive inhale, drawing life into the body, and we exit on a slow exhale, releasing all physical energy from the body.
In this class, we will begin slowly. We find basic postures such as Utthita Balasana, Child’s Pose, and Table Top, moving on to core activation and hamstring lengthening and later challenging ourselves to balance on one leg in various ways. Come prepared to breathe, sweat, and ground down into this moment.
- Easy Seated Pose (Sukhāsana)
- Cow/ Cat (Marjari-āsana)
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvanāsana)
- Ragdoll (Uttānāsana)
- Mountain Pose (Tādāsana)
- Low Cobra (Bhujañgāsana)
- Crescent Moon (Aśta Chanrāsana)
- Half Splits (Ardha Hanumānāsana)
- Low Plank (Chaturanga Dandāsana)
- Upward Facing Dog (Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
- Crescent Lunge (Anjañeyāsana)
- Warrior II (Vīrabhadrāsana B)
- Reverse Warrior (Pārśva Vīrabhadrāsana)
- Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konāsana)
- Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottānāsana)
- Supine Twist (Jathara Parivartanāsana)