Dive Deeper: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga is the practice of moving body and breath together. Its roots are in Ashtanga, but there is much more freedom and creativity to this type of practice. Our movement and breath are linked with a deep breathing technique, called "Ujjayi Pranayama" (uooh-JAH-yee prah-nah-YAH-mah) or Victorious Breath. This technique brings inhales and exhales through the nose making an ocean like sound that helps to bring warmth and focus to our practice. From the flow of asanas (postures) and this breath we can increase strength, flexibility and stamina while also calming the mind through moving meditation.
In my classes I try to keep the practice accessible to all through modifications and props and encourage my students to ask questions and most importantly have fun! I love creating a space where you can breathe fuller and explore safely the edges of your body and mind.
My practice started almost 10 years ago as a college student and has been a constant in my life ever since. Yoga has brought me so many wonderful physical, mental, and emotional benefits and in 2011 I decided to take my 200 hour training to help others tap into this beautiful practice for themselves. What students say: "Yoga with Alyssia is a suspension of what your mind says yoga should be and is instead a study in what yoga is and CAN be for you, individually. Each time I walk away from a session with her, I have tried something new and dared my body to do something just a little bit cooler. I have done these things not because I should but because I can. Alyssia's style is all about breaking the barriers that we set for ourselves." Sarah