By Crystal Woodward
In the last year the practice of Prana Vinyasa Yoga has blossomed into my life. My foundation as a yogini has been in styles of yoga that, to me, feel strong and masculine. As I have begun to open to my own authentic energy and voice, I wanted to call feminine energy into my practice and teaching. For the next chapter in my development, I went looking for a style and teacher who embodied the divine feminine. I found it in the creative, fluid and dance-like approach of Shiva Rea and her signature style, Prana Vinyasa Yoga.
In Prana Vinyasa I discovered a beautiful place to explore the creative physical movement of vinyasa yoga. I was able to submerge into the feeling of flow in the body and drop into the current of my breath as the ebb and flow of inhales and exhales. This style is like a mandala - rich, circular and complete. Though the work continues each time I step on my mat, the method encompasses a holistic approach to the yoga practice. I am grateful for ongoing courses in Yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, meditation and mantra. These courses inform the myriad of Prana Vinyasa sequences - from foundational work, to the elemental body, to moving through the Chakra system. This diversity has given me the opportunity to be more mindful as to how I am feeling or the circumstances surrounding any given day. With this awareness I intentionally pick a practice for that day that manifests greater balance and happiness. Beginning to embody Prana Vinyasa has allowed me to open to my creative power and accept all the different areas of my practice and life.
I am delighted to share Prana Vinyasa Yoga with each of you in my weekly classes on Monday and Friday at 5:30pm. Join me for a special Rhythm + Flow: Live Music + Yoga Series. Let your body move to the rhythm of original electronic music!