With Elsa Wadsworth
Vinyasa can be translated as "breath-synchronized movement". Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will guide you through your practice with the movement of inhalation and exhalation. Vinyasa movements are connected & flowing which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow. The word “vinyasa” can be looked at as “arranging something in a special way,” like the transitioning from one yoga pose into another for example. In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Elsa teaches in a "workshop" style format, and focuses on slow flow and informed flow, so there will be breaks in the flow for students understanding and teaching moments .
Feel free to explore 'levels' below, as I usually teach in various styles aimed towards the needs of different areas of practice.
However due to a more limited number of my class times over the summer I will be doing my classes open to all. I will be catering to the needs and skill level of the class participants. There will be modifications for all skill levels.
Introductory/ beginners class
We introduce yoga from its most basic elements. Props, breath, transitions, and basic "poses" or physical postures are introduced, learned and practiced. No experience required. **Despite previous yoga experience, Elsa recommends at least one introductory class with her before moving into other classes. This is to get a foundation of the terminology used in her teaching style and to get aquatinted with the nuances of your practice and her instruction.
In these classes we will explore more poses and we will have a developed understanding and stamina for our vinyasa! We have an understanding of basic terminology and can focus deeper on our own breath and subtleties that open up our yoga practice to us in a expanded, more thoughtful way. Things are really becoming fun and we are practicing the basics and adding new stuff all the time!
We hit another dynamic for challenge and are ready to practice deeper into our balance & core strength, bringing in and teaching some "level two" postures slowly. We learn some basics of things we thought we may never attempt! Our flow will be powerful and dynamic, we will get our concentration, breath, & sweat on! Basic arm balances may be introduced, as well as one legged balancing poses. We challenge our transitions throughout our vinyasa.