: YOGA :

|| VINYASA + POWER ||

POWER YOGA : 

This term first coined in the 1990's is considered to be the beginning of a more intense yoga flow. These days, everyone's got their own take on what really constitutes a Power Yoga practice. Some rooms are heated, while others keep it cool (Alchemy is a pleasant cool or toasty 'whatever-the-given-teacher-decides' degrees fahrenheit).  Some teachers follow the same series of poses, while others mix things up every class. The best way to get a feel for any Power Yoga style specifically is to talk to a teacher beforehand to see what their class is all about.  With all these elements considered, there are some definite underlying themes that are evident in the majority of all Power Yoga classes. Here are four you should know before you decide to power through one of these classes for the first time!

  1. It has its roots in Ashtanga: Power Yoga definitely takes its cues from the practice made famous from Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 
  2. It moves quickly: Power Yoga is definitely an intense workout that will make you sweat. A traditional Ashtanga practice follows the same series of poses, holding each for five breaths before moving through a Vinyasa. Power Yoga classes move with an even faster rhythm. There are very few moments of being in a pose and getting the feeling that it's taking forever. Soon enough, you'll be out and moving on to the next Asana.
  3. It's great for strength training: Other forms of yoga may be ideal for flexibility and meditation, but in Power Yoga, you lift and hold your entire body's weight consistently. These classes incorporate a serious number of Vinyasas, and they're definitely going to get your entire body into gear. For one, your arms will definitely feel the burn from all those Chaturangas!
  4. It makes you feel energized: There's a reason that so many people leave Power Yoga classes saying that they're feeling a little "blissed out." While we've left many a relaxing yoga class feeling happy, just wanting to take a bath and get into bed, Power Yoga classes always leave us feeling calm but with an extra little skip in our step! We often come home and tackle a load of chores after taking one of our amazing teachers Power classes.

Power Yoga has become a bit of a collective term for a lot of different classes, what's great is our variety of teachers will definitely show you what your persona

VINYASA FLOW :

With unfamiliar names like “Ashtanga,” “Bikram,” and “Vinyasa,” it can be hard for beginners to keep all the schools of yoga straight.  But if you can remember that Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement,” you’ll know everything you need to about this fantastic style.
Whether you’re just starting out with yoga, or you’re looking to try something new, there are tons of great reasons to try Vinyasa—which is one of the most popular styles among yogis of all experience levels.

1. You stay focused by going with the flow  :  You’ve probably heard the phrase “Vinyasa Flow” when referring to this type of yoga. Vinyasa Flow refers to the way this style keeps you moving from asana to asana, linking each pose to an inhale and an exhale.  Instructors keep the flow of movements smooth and continuous, which can help you stay present during the session. If you find your mind wandering off in the down-time between poses or sequences, Vinyasa yoga is for you.

2. It’s all about variety  :  Vinyasa has a lot in common with Ashtanga yoga, which also links continuous sequence through the breath. But while Ashtanga uses a proscribed sequence of poses that’s taught the same way in every class, Vinyasa is a lot more flexible.  

Instructors are totally free to mix up the order of the poses, or throw in something new and unexpected. This “no rules” approach to yoga means you’ll never fall into the slump that can set in when you repeat the same routine over and over.

3. You can find your perfect yoga class  :  Since there are no set-in-stone rules about how to conduct a Vinyasa class, teachers can incorporate whatever they choose into the class—including different styles of yoga, a thematic music playlist, or a relaxing nature soundtrack.  You'll find each of our unique Alchemy Gather Vinyasa teachers have a unique take of their own, a great reason to try out a variety of time slots if your schedule permits!

4. It pushes you to your limits  :  Though “Vinyasa Flow” might sound easy and relaxing, this style can seriously push your physical limits.  This style incorporates elements from all schools of yoga, so even if you’ve mastered those Iyengar standing poses, you’ll find yourself in all new territory when the instructors throws in a Anusara inversion. You’ll push the limits of your strength, flexibility, and balance with Vinyasa yoga.

5. It gives you great cardio.  :  Cardio is an important part of any fitness routine. The continuous sequence of Vinyasa yoga is great for getting your heart going, even when the pace is relatively slow. The only ‘break’ you’ll get is in resting poses like Downward Dog, which will lead right into another, more challenging pose.

This style of yoga is great for working up a sweat.

6. It’s perfect for beginners  :  Since Vinyasa is so diverse, it’s easy to find classes tailored specifically to beginners that will still provide a healthy challenge. This style is also a great way to learn the basics of pranayama, or yogic breathing, since the instructor will tell you when to inhale and exhale during each pose.

This style is a great way to learn the skills you need to build a strong foundation for a more advanced yoga practice.

7. Vinyasa is fun!  :  With flowing movements & great music usually playing in class, this style feels like a dance! Just about everyone looks graceful in their own way when practicing Vinyasa yoga.

MEDITATION

med·i·ta·tion

ˌmedəˈtāSH(ə)n/

noun

1. the action or practice of meditating.

"a life of meditation"

synonyms:contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, deliberation, rumination, brooding, reverie, brown study, concentration; 

Science shows evidence that meditation has been associated with decreased stress, depression, anxiety, pain, insomnia, and an increased quality of life.

Yeah, we all want some of that.

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