FLY is an acronym for Frog Lotus Yoga.
FLY Vinyasa Yoga is a focused, creative and intelligent flow style, with an emphasis on alignment, form and safety. It can be easily adapted to different levels and different tempos.
The History of Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa yoga can be traced back to Indian yogi Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, (1888-1989) who is often called the father of modern Yoga. Krishnamacharya taught at the palace in Mysore India for many years. He was the teacher of BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi and Desikachar, his son, as well as Pattabhi Jois, who went on to found the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, where he taught Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga comprises of six dynamic thematic sequences, which were originally designed as a challenging exercise program for teenage boys.
Ashtanga Vinyasa first came to the USA in the 1970’s but didn’t really grow in popularity until the 1990’s when it became one of the most practiced forms of Yoga in the States.
Vinyasa Yoga is an offshoot of Ashtanga Vinyasa. It originated in the USA in the 1990’s.
Whilst Ashtanga is fixed sequences, Vinyasa Yoga is made up of creative flows orchestrated by the individual teachers who teach it. Vinyasa Yoga still adhere’s to the same breathing technique and use of the physical locks or bandhas as Ashtanga Yoga.
In Vinyasa Yoga more standing poses are woven into the sun salutations in a dance-like style. The sequences are always varied and often music is used to create atmosphere. There are as many different styles of Vinyasa Yoga as there are teachers of it!
Some examples of different styles of Vinyasa Yoga are Jivamukti Yoga, Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow, Baron Baptiste’s Power Vinyasa Yoga, Core Power Yoga, Rocket Yoga and Frog Lotus Yoga.
What is unique about FLY Vinyasa Yoga?
A FLY Vinyasa Flow class opens with a seated pranayama technique, and continues with a long thorough warm-up of all the major joints in the body. The warm-up is usually performed either seated or supine, or a combination of both. This is followed by various creative standing flow sequences, then inversions, then seated sequences, interlaced with vinyasas and finally a guided savasana and an inspiring quote.
The atmosphere created in the classes is focussed, meditative and joyful.
We teach descriptive and poetic cueing into poses and solid alignment cues whilst holding the poses.
FLY Vinyasa classes can either have a general theme, including a little of all the different categories of poses, or they may be thematic with a deeper focus on one specific area of the body.
FLY Vinyasa classes intelligently weave together elements of all of the different styles of Yoga that founder Vidya Heisel has studied including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Forrest, and Kundalini Yoga.
In FLY Vinyasa Yoga we always offer lots of options and modifications of poses to suit all levels of practice and adapt the practice to work for various limitations and injuries. Safety and longevity is of prime importance in our teaching.
We also teach safe and effective hands-on assisting and keep up with the latest information on anatomical safety.
Alignment Based Flow
In many styles of flow there is little attention to alignment given. The teacher may just call out poses, count breathes or simply say ”inhale….exhale…”. At FLY we think that when the students are not provided with enough verbal guidance, this can contribute to bad execution of poses and possibly injury.
In FLY Vinyasa Yoga we skilfully give as much information as we can to practitioners when they are moving in and out of poses, as well as when they are holding poses. This helps the students to correct their own alignment and begin to get an understanding of the mechanics of each yoga posture.
Safety of Vinyasa Yoga
Injury is fairly common when practicing Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga, mainly because the practice moves quite fast and challenging poses like chaturanga are performed repetitively. If the practitioner doesn’t have the strength, body awareness or knowledge of the proper alignment of the poses, he or she might be doing the pose incorrectly in a way that is injurious.
In FLY Vinyasa Yoga we make every effort to teach correct and safe alignment of all poses and to correct anyone who is doing anything potentially injurious. We skilfully offer options and modifications interwoven in the practice, so students can adjust to their own level of practice within the context of the class.
Level of Vinyasa Yoga
It is possible to teach all levels of Vinyasa Yoga and you will have the skill set to do so on completion of our Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Some suggested class levels are:
- Gentle Vinyasa Yoga
- Easy Flow Yoga
- Beginning Vinyasa Yoga
- Intermediate Vinyasa Yoga
- All levels Vinyasa Yoga
What other styles of Yoga would I be prepared to offer after taking the FLY Vinyasa training?
Since we teach the poses used in Vinyasa Yoga individually this prepares you to be able to teach a simple Hatha Yoga Interdisciplinary Class as an option to teaching Vinyasa Yoga which is a flowing style.
You will also be given the tools to teach a Gentle Restorative Class and a Prenatal Class.