Slow Flow Yoga
This is our most popular yoga format and with good reason - it’s a great practice that builds strength and flexibility while connecting breath to movement. With a slow flow practice, you can quiet your mind by finding challenge in the poses (asanas) and focusing on breathing within the pose and through transitions. Plus, slow flow provides more time to safely and mindfully move from one pose to the next - making it great for newer yoga practitioners.
We have new clients ask this question a lot, “Will yoga help me build strength?” With slow flow yoga, the answer is an unequivocal YES!!! Slow flow practice is slow moving - meaning you’ll work your way into poses and hold them for a fair amount of time. And, instead of lifting weights at the gym, you’ll be lifting your body weight.
As a bonus, strong yoga bodies are long and lean rather than tight and bulky. This is thanks to how yoga stretches muscle and physically elongates the tissues.
Yoga will always involve stretching the body and mind. In terms of physical flexibility, there is no better form of exercise. In a sedentary world dominated by chair-sitting, our muscles become stiff, and we lose range of motion. By adding a slow flow practice to your regular weekly rhythms, you can gain greater flexibility leading to increased functional movement while also reducing overall injury risk.
Although the physical benefits of slow flow are terrific, it will stretch your mind as well. When you get started, learning new poses and listening to your body will be front and center in your mind. As your practice advances, your mind’s attention will shift to the breath-movement connection. Over time (and with lots of practice), you’ll be able to let go of baggage from the past and anxiousness about the future - to simply, joyfully be present.
It’s that last bit that is the most powerful. Achieving stillness of mind and truly being in the moment is the great gift of yoga.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m brand new to yoga, should I start with slow flow?
While it’s best to start with a beginner class so you can learn more about the fundamentals of yoga, slow flow classes are accessible to beginners. The key is to be patient with yourself as you move into and out of poses - giving yourself permission to be imperfect. Also, yoga isn’t about perfect poses - far from it. It’s your practice - it will develop at your pace and in the direction you want to take it.
I have an injury and yoga was recommended as part of my recovery. Should I start with Slow Flow?
No. While yoga is great for injury prevention and recovery, the practice has to be tailored to the injury. We suggest starting with a restorative or yin class first so you can listen carefully to your body, identify what movements are and are not accessible, and have more time to better assess yourself. Also, be sure to arrive 15 minutes before class and discuss your injury with your instructor.
I’ve been practicing yoga for a long time, but no longer feel the challenge I used to in slow flow. What should I do?
This happens sometimes, and when it does, there’s one thing to cure it - spice up your practice! There are thousands of poses/variations that you can explore in yoga, and in every class, you have explicit permission to go further or deeper in each pose.
As an example, cow pose is one of the foundational poses used to warm the body. Try moving into lotus first, and then moving into cow pose. If you’re hungry for ideas, we love the book 2,100 Asanas by Daniel Lacerda. Trust us, there’s a lifetime of spice out there, you just have to get creative.