A moving meditation to connect you to your body and breath, join Clara for a slower-paced class with prana flow-style movement and lots of pranayamas. This meditative flow class provides the space to ground through deep breathing and fluid movement from Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow, a rhythmic style of yoga that links the body to the breath to directly influence Prana (life-energy) through the body. Stimulate the organs and nervous system through Bhastrika breath, jalandhara bandha, and a variation of Kapalabhati with alternate nostril breathing.
Focus: Pranayama, moving meditation, seated meditation
Location: Lila Familia Production Studio, Vancouver, BC
The purpose of this class is to enjoy your breath and fluid movements. Use this short and sweet moving meditation as an opportunity to dance in the breath and the body. Gentle movement standing and seated opens the side body and shoulders, releasing tension in the lower back and hips. Opening the body with pranayama cleanses the body’s central energy line, the spinal column, otherwise known as Sushumna.
The body’s health relies on the vitality of the spine. Slow and straightforward movements help to cleanse the spine of stagnation, opening and lengthening the muscles attached to the spinal column, including the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, serratus, trapezius, and erectors. Deep and intentional pranayama purges the body of stagnant energy; imagine the breath flossing the central channel, Sushumna. Imagine that the breath is flossing Sushumna and each of the seven chakras that travel along the spinal column whenever you inhale and exhale. The pranayamas offered in this class offer simple and effective ways to excite the body and calm the mind and create balance and clarity.
The question to consider as you move, can my breath echo the movement? Can my movement echo the breath?
Standing Poses and Pranayama
Come to stand with your feet wide and your hands at the lower abdomen.
Breathe deep into the lower abdomen. Inhaling, gently push the belly away from the spine. Exhaling, draw the belly button into the spine. Allow the mind to settle, each time you exhale release something from your day- ridding yourself of any thoughts that do not serve. Simply enjoy the sensation of being in your body and breath. Root the soles of your feet into the ground and grow taller from the connection you have to the earth.
Seated Poses and Pranayama
Closing Poses and Savasana
Make your way onto your back, hug knees into the chest, and roll along the tailbone to release the spine and low back.