Advanced Vinyasa

The Advanced Vinyasa course provides advanced level practitioners with a range of varied Iyengar-style vinyasa yoga sequences. Vinyasa commonly refers to sequences of yoga poses that are linked with continuous flowing movement. Often based around surya namaskar (sun salutations), there is an emphasis on adho mukha svanasana, chaturanga dandasana and urdhva mukha svanasana. Synchronising the movements of the body with the movements of the breath is also a defining feature.

This approach is easily incorporated into the constantly changing sequences of Iyengar Yoga. Practicing vinyasa yoga is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Dynamic in nature, it cultivates strength, stimulates the cardiovascular system and creates a feeling of being uplifted. Hence it can help with depression, anxiety and stress and is great for warming up stiff joints and muscles – especially on cold days. The process of linking breath and movement cultivates mindfulness in action, which has broad ranging mental health benefits.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals looking for a flowing, stimulating practice that links the breath with movement
  • Those who would like to focus on building fitness and strength
  • This is an advanced course – approximately two or more years of yoga experience is recommended

How will this course help me?

The Advanced Vinyasa course provides advanced level yoga practitioners with a varied range of vinyasa sequences. Regular practice of vinyasa yoga can be stimulating and fun. There are many potential benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, increased strength, greater joint and muscle mobility and reduction in levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

What do I get from this course?

  • A comprehensive and varied approach to vinyasa sequencing practiced in the Iyengar style, at an advanced level
  • Essential foundations and key principles clearly communicated to help you go further on your yoga journey
  • Step by step tracking of your progression through the course
  • Email reminders to help keep you motivated and on track
  • Email support from your teacher

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Vinyasa Sequence With Standing Poses, Forward Bends & Twists - Weekly Advanced Class 140

Focus: This weeks advanced class on Yoga Selection is a faster paced vinyasa style sequence incorporating standing poses, forward bends and twists. The class is not dependent on specialist yoga equipment. It can be practiced using only a single blanket. This type of class will be ideal for times when you are travelling or away from your regular practice space. The class includes strengthening poses as well as poses that will help to improve mobility and maintain your overall practice momentum. 

Key Poses: Surya Namaskar, parivrtta trikonasana, triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana, krounchasana, marichyasana 3.

Equipment: Mat, blanket.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 60 min

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Vinyasa Sequence With Standing Poses - Weekly Advanced Class 131

Focus: This class approaches standing poses from a different perspective. When practicing yoga at home it is important to keep your sequences fresh and interesting. Yoga poses are often presented with a systematic structure in yoga studios. This is well suited to meeting the needs of a group of people. Yoga at home is not always governed by such practical concerns. Here you have the freedom to approach your practice in a variety of ways. This standing pose class offers a different approach to sequencing. Continuous fluidity is given priority, and poses are linked together in an uninterrupted progression. The class relies on a minimum of yoga props and will have the versatility to be practiced anywhere and everywhere.

Key Poses: Standing poses.

Equipment: Mat.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 35 min


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Quadriceps & Vamadevasana - Weekly Advanced Class 119

Focus: Poses that lengthen the  psoas and quadriceps are the focus of this weeks advanced class. The class may be beneficial if you are wanting to focus on these particular regions of the body, but will also be of interest to people who are wanting to improve poses such as bhekasana, and work towards more advanced poses such as vamadevasana. Each pose in the sequence is incorporated into a flowing vinyasa style sequence that includes surya namaskar. The class has a dynamic energy that promotes circulation and elasticity into the muscles and joints.

Key Poses: Vamadevasana, bhekasana, supta virasana.

Equipment: Mat, blankets, 2 blocks, belt.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 40 min

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