Is it another Yoga style invented on purpose to confuse you? Nop, I promise! It’s just a very interesting way to practice Yoga. Would you like to learn how to be aware of yourself (your mind, your heart & your body) and to be more kind with yourself?
Elements of Vinyasa, Scaravelli, Iyengar, Sivananda and Yin
Gemma Mallol, a wonderful yoga teacher from UK, is the best person to explain clearly in English what Still Flowing Yoga is:
Still Flowing Yoga style employs elements of Vinyasa, Scaravelli, Iyengar, Sivananda and Yin. It is an integrated, fusion, free form style that honors the vital balance of fluidity and stillness within an internal container of deep core integration and within a more global container of mindful awareness.
Still Flowing is a fusion and therapeutic approach, drawing heavily on the essence of Vinyasa Yoga (foundation, core/bandhas, breath, breath synchronised movement, progressive sequencing, natural flow and timing) and then integrating Scaravelli for unwinding and deep awakening of the spine, Yin for cultivating sensation and parasympathetic arousal, Iyengar for technical and progressive construction, and Restorative for renewal, regeneration and surrender.
Still Flowing integrates both constructive and deconstructive elements within it. It’s about working fluidly in order to have more creative means by which to get into our bodies in order to encourage internal balance. The yoga postures support the wider practice of embodiment and are employed therapeutically in order to bring us more intimately into a somatic experience of the body.
Asana is a tool we use in order to embody more deeply, in order to feel more deeply, in order to have more options or more templates within which to enquire.
A Somatic Approach to Yoga
In a few words, Gemma says that Still Flowing Yoga is… A Somatic Approach to Yoga that integrates the essence of Vinyasa Yoga, the wisdom of Scaravelli Yoga, the quietness of Yin Yoga, clearly founded upon principles of Buddhist Insight Meditation and Mindfulness.
Still Flowing Yoga practice will allow you to be fully aware of each part of your body, to relax completely & to engage at the same time your muscles & bones.
Attention, awareness & relaxation, stability, anchorage & sweetness, intensity & serenity… All in one, very softly!
If this description is tempting or intriguing & if you want to know more about Still Flowing Yoga, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Experimentation is the best way to learn more & more!
We sing when we are happy and the body goes with it like waves in the sea.
The pull of gravity under our feet makes it possible for us to extend the upper part of the spine, and this extension allows us also to release between the vertebrae. Gravity is like a magnet attracting us to the earth, but this attraction is not limited to pulling us down, it also allows us to stretch in the opposite direction towards the sky.