While the studio is in this transitional period with classes in my home , where Lionflow Yoga began a decade ago , I’m going to update … everything . It’s a Lionflow Spring cleaning !
One of the changes will be the Lionflow class names . In 2010 right before my son was born , I moved the studio out of the house for the first time , and with this move came the first class schedule with names for the different class levels . Before that time I only taught Lionflow as private lessons , and before the style was named Lionflow Yoga , it was called my private practice . Since that time new classes have been developed, and the old class names made less sense .
So the new class names for the core Lionflow Classes will be ; Intro Form , Intermediate Form , Advanced Form, and Master Form . These are the same classes you are familiar with just with new names that come with renewed pupose . I will describe how the old class names compare to the new ones , and will talk about how we will use the new set up to teach you more about details , and where sequence lead .
Each class form level has a short form & a long form . The teacher will draw from each to accommodate the students particular needs & skills . With this format students will get to see where sequence lead , learn more poses , and have more fun/challenge in each class . The schedule will not differentiate between short & long form , it will only list the class levels as Intro , Intermediate , Advanced , and Master Form .
One side note . If you are practicing for exercise , that is intermediate level . Beginner, or intro level is for learning how to move safely , breathe , and to learn how to interpret what you see into physical action . As well Beginner / Intro is the most useful step for recovery , gentle therapy , and for building the strength, stability, and range of motion to practice longer classes & more postures safely. Point being if you are a regular practicioner , or an athlete with no serious injuries looking for a yoga class , you may want to start with the Intermediate Form for a longer , more challenging class . Also , as any student learns to move safely , and breathe with control, they should feel more comfortable taking any level of class . Because with a healthy knowledge of how to practice, “advanced” levels of class only mean the opportunity to learn more poses , and to practice a longer class . In reality , when we cannot do the final position of poses we can greatly improve our practice by working on & holding the first steps of these challenging poses . There is a misconception that yoga is not an intense work out because most aspiring students do not practice enough to learn how to practice more advanced sequence safely . Without this experience a student is locked into beginner forms of class without the access to their own potential in more advanced forms of practice.
With this new format for classes there will be more focus on teaching. Meaning that as oppose to just leading class the teacher will take time to teach lessons about more subtle details to help students get more out of class, and reach deeper into their potential. Especially in the Intro Form . In the Intro Form of class there will be a lesson within each class about breathing , leverage, and alignment to help better prepare beginners for the next levels of class . Below are the new class names compared to the old class names . You will see these adjustments on the website & schedule today.
New name / Old name
Intro Form / Gentle Basics
Intermediate Form/ Intro to Lionflow & Flow One
Advanced Form / Flow Two & Flow Three
Master Form / Master class