Jennifer Murphy instructs the following:
- Heated Vinyasa Flow
- Level I Vinyasa Flow
- Warm Vinyasa Flow
This introduction to vinyasa flow yoga focuses on creating stability and proper alignment in asanas. We will cultivate awareness and a strong foundation for all we do on and off the mat. You will learn to synchronize breath to movement and explore various breath techniques called pranayama, including ujjayi pranayama. The class will end with a resting pose (savasana) with gentle assists/massage and aromatherapy. These highly breath-oriented movements in vinyasa flow have shown to improve cardio-vascular function, increase muscle strength and flexibility, and reduce stress. It is a beginner class, but all are welcome to come back to a beginner's eye.
These classes link postures to balance the body and clear the energy channels in order to fully experience the energetic effects of the practice. Inhalations are linked to moves expanding the front of the body, creating lightness. Exhalations are linked to movements that engage the abdomen and create stability. The breath used in Flow/Vinyasa, ujjayi pranayama or whisper breath, creates a vibration across the soft palate of the mouth, warming the breath as it enters the body.