If you need your body to be more toned, fit, flexible, yoga will work for you.
If you want to preserve and or reverse the effects of aging, yoga will work for you.
If you want to be more focused, sleep better and have greater peace of mind,
yoga will work for you.
It will do all that and 1008 things more.
What is Yoga Flow?
The style of yoga we exclusively do at our studios is Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which is a dynamic, athletic practice designed to give you a great workout as well as enable the mind to relax and focus by learning how to control your breath. These classes are vigorous, athletic and also very meditative in an accessible way.
What is Yoga Flow SF?
Yoga Flow SF specializes in Vinyasa flow yoga. Our classes range from 60 – 90 minutes and the teachers create excellent yoga sequences that stretch, tone and wring out your body. You are breathing fast and learning how to keep it steady and even. You set an intention or dedication for your practice that softens your heart and connects you with your soul. There is pretty loud pumping music playing and it’s amazing to drop into the beat and rhythm of the music, your breath and the movement of your body. And it’s hot. Heated to around 90 degrees so be prepared to sweat.
How do I begin to learn about Yoga Flow Classes?
If you are new to yoga or even just new to vinyasa yoga, we created the Flow Basics for you. The basics classes break down the poses and the elements of the flow (you’ll know what that is by the end of your first class and will be able to do it in 2 – 3 classes depending on how in or out of shape you currently are in) and will offer you a chance to learn modifications to some poses your body isn’t able to do yet. Do not worry about what you cannot do. You focus on what you can do and work to your full capacity in those moments and when you can’t do something you slowly ease back to child’s pose or downward dog and wait to catch up when you feel ready. You’ll learn how to do child’s pose and downward dog in your first class.
Tips for Beginners
- This is not a sport or competition. This is about you getting on your mat and doing what you are able to do and breathing through and accepting what you can not do. The first tenant of yoga is ahimsa which means non-harming. Pain is not gain.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early and always check in at the front desk – even if you’ve made an online reservation.
- Practice on an empty stomach.Do not eat 2-3 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to class, but avoid drinking during class.
- Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, form-fitting workout clothing. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class. It’s normal for the men to have their shirts off or wear tank tops. It gets hot and you’ll get sweaty.
- Purchase a yoga mat. Having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice and ensures its cleanliness. Mats and towels can be rented for $2 – $3.
- Remove your shoes. Leave your shoes in a cubby. This preserves the cleanliness and sacred nature of the studio space. We recommend taking your valuables inside the studio.
- Turn off your cell phone. Allow yourself this time to fully integrate your body, mind and spirit. Pending serious emergency situations of course.
- Go to Flow Basics Classes if you are new to yoga or vinyasa yoga. Our intention is that you are practicing for the next few decades, regardless of how old you are now! Take the time to learn the alignment and how to properly modify for poses your body isn’t ready for. The Basics break down the poses. In all the other classes the classes move pretty quickly, almost like a dance, with total emphasis on the breath; linking the breath to the movement and getting into the flow, rhythm of the connection of breath, mind (through setting an intention) and the amazing pose sequences our teachers create. These classes are referred as a moving meditation, or a dance.
- Notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions.This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
- Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months. Repetition makes the magic happen!
- Support Your Practice. By allowing yourself to experience a Private yoga lesson. Spend an hour with an expert teacher and have them cater the practice to fit your needs. Take these tips into a group class so you can flow like the rest of them!
- Drink at least 16 – 32 ounces of water afterwards to replenish.