AS(U) Should Try This: Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a popular style of yoga that focuses on dynamic, flowing sequences of poses. This Vinyasa class, taught by Hannah Rose, is great for beginners and experienced yogis, as you can tailor the moves to your preferred level of difficulty. 

The workshop has a heavy emphasis on balancing poses, core strengthening, and inversions. Mindfulness is also explored during the session, and you get the chance to be meditative as you execute your poses.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a yoga mat or blocks—everything you need is provided for you at the gym! However, if you’d like to bring equipment you feel more comfortable using, you’re welcome to do that as well. 

I used the SDFC equipment because I don’t have any of my own, and it worked perfectly for me. I was a little nervous going in because I’ve only taken yoga a handful of times, but the class environment was extremely welcoming and friendly, so my nerves quickly went away.

We went through a few different pose sequences which always included Downward Dog and Warrior. Hannah talked us through our poses, encouraging us to push ourselves and keep going. She also guided us during our meditation, listing schoolwork as an example of a stress we should try to release.

Hannah explained that this is something she does often, as having a focus can be a good way to tune into your needs and emotions.

“I try to have an inspiring intention for each class. Everyday I try to think of something new to get people connected, like if it’s raining outside I’ll say ‘we’re going to harness the energy of the rain,’ or focus on stress during finals, or whatever it may be,” she said.

By the end of the class, I was sweating an embarrassing amount. However, our cool-down segment, which consisted of stretching and simple floor poses, helped me wind down. I felt pretty accomplished because it did take a lot of strength to get through the poses, and my muscles were sore afterwards. Although, it didn’t help that I had just done a leg workout prior to the class.

Hannah Rose explained that her favorite part of the class is receiving feedback from students at the end. “I love the energy of the class and seeing people after class and hearing how they feel. Especially when people tell me this is the first time they’ve ever taken a yoga class and say it’s so much fun! That’s all I want to hear,” said Hannah.

But the best thing about this class, she said, is the positivity in the room; “You just come in and relax and feel good. You take care of your mind, your body, your breath, and you’re just a little bit happier.”