Vinyasa yoga, also known as flow yoga, involves moving through sequences of poses coordinated with the breath. The focus is on dynamic movement and building strength, flexibility, stamina, and breath awareness. In flow classes at Circle Yoga in Washington, DC, you can expect moderate pacing, explorations of more challenging poses and movements, a non-competitive atmosphere, and practices that cultivate mindful awareness. If you're comfortable in regular Yoga Level 1-2 classes and you're interested in exploring a more vigorous practice, we encourage you to give flow yoga a try!

Liz in Low Lunge Vinyasa Yoga

Flow Level 1-2

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In Flow Level 1-2 classes, students work with sun salutations, standing pose sequences, and explore the subtler actions of the postures to build stamina and find ease in the movement. Students will also explore some backbends and supported inversions.

Students should be very comfortable in Level 1 classes before taking Flow Level 1-2 classes. Flow Level 1-2 is not appropriate for students who are new to yoga.

Claire in skandasana in the Zen garden

Flow Level 2

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In Flow Level 2 classes, students work with more complex standing pose sequences and explore the subtler actions of the postures for better alignment. Students will also explore inversions, such as headstand and handstand, and arm balances, such as crow pose.

Students should be very comfortable in Flow Level 1-2 classes before taking Flow Level 2 classes. Flow Level 2 is not appropriate for students who are new to yoga.

Alicia with Resistance Bands Vinyasa Flow

Functional Flow Level 2

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Functional Flow Level 2 combines functional movement, mobility, stability and strength training, self-myofascial release, and breath awareness with a modern take on traditional yoga postures. Using a "regress to progress" format, the goal is to build more body awareness, tap into the intelligence of your nervous system, and provide more movement choices that you can take into the way you move off the mat. Expect to use a variety of fun props as tools to add external feedback and weighted load during the first half of the practice (activation phase) then to move more fluidly towards the end (integration phase).

This is a Level 2 class because it's geared toward students with well-established body awareness, a good understanding of basic yoga postures, and comfort with transitions that sometimes move more quickly.

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