Yoga Do Ippo, what’s on offer
In all classes, we combine stress-reducing techniques, including a variety of exercises to control the breath, clear the mind and relax the body. The yoga we teach will increase your awareness of the breath as a tool for combatting stress and relaxing the body. A lot of what we do is breath work (or pranayama in Sanskrit). At all times, whether the movements are vigorous or slower, our practice will help you synchronize breath and movement and focus on inhalation and exhalation through the nose, the so-called ujjayi pranayama or sometimes called “ocean breathing” or “victorious breathing”
Here are some different types of yoga classes you can find at Yoga Dō Ippo, serving as a guide for you to choose the right type of yoga discipline to meet your objectives.
Slow-paced Gentle Flow focuses on stretching, strengthening and yogic breath work in each flowy low-impact movement and pose. Sometimes you hold poses for a longer period of time without putting the whole pressure into the pose, but rather 70 percent of your force. With this kind of practice your body will benefit in a myriad of ways. At the end of a Gentle Flow session, you feel some rejuvenation from the blood flowing through your veins but also relaxation as a result of the gentle stretching.
Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic series of yoga movements or flows that are synchronized with your breathing. Poses are connected to each other with sequences and each breath acts as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next in vinyasa yoga. The class also puts emphasis on “vinyasa krama”, which means the sequential arrangement of poses towards a specific goal in a natural and consequent manner. This breathing-initiated seamless moving from one pose to another in quick succession is particularly great for building muscle strength while toning the whole body. It also helps lower stress and anxiety levels.
Much like Gentle Flow, Mindful Flow offers gentle exercises that are both strengthening and stretching. Each practice in Mindful Flow entails being aware on all levels: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Using your body and breath mindfully, you understand what part of the body is being used in each pose. You can also be mindful of how you move from one pose to another, enabling you to “truly” feel the movements you make. Mindfulness is knowing what you are experiencing while you are experiencing it; it is a moment to moment awareness, it has the quality of being in the now.