Open flow yoga is a practice of somatic self-enquiry. It invites you to access the inherent wisdom of your body by teaching you to move from deeply felt sensation. Instructions are given as gentle invitation to listen, feel and respond to the body you have today. Rather than fitting body into shapes dictated by the teacher, you will be guided into allowing your own inherent movement to freely fulfill itself.
The classes are taught as a mixture of structured and spontaneous movement enquiries as well as rest in meditative stillness. It’s a dynamic, but gentle and meditative practice expanding your practice a little beyond the movements of classic yoga posture practice. Thus, adding to classical yoga posture practice, a class can include wave-like movements (undulation), gentle rocking movements (osscilation) open flows (fluctuation) and subtle pre-movements and meditative stillness. Throughout the practice, you will be invited to feel the arising and dissolving of internal sensation and allow our mind to rest into this flow of sensation.
This course introduces Open Flow yoga in four longer yoga classes, taught by Birgitte in her home studio at Sluseholmen. Maximum 10 participants. The course is booked as a whole to make sure the group progresses together, it will not be possible to drop in.
Time: Fridays 10.00-11.45 (NB: Each class is 1 hour and 45 minutes)
Dates: January 17th, 24th, 31st and February 7th.
Price: 575 DKR
Booking: Send an email to Birgitte firstname.lastname@example.org and Mobile pay to 15296 (Please write your name + the name and start date of the course when paying) Payment by electronic invoice and bank transfer can also be arranged. Booking by payment only, just like when you buy a ticket to a concert. No refunds, no transfers to other courses, no reservation without payment and no exceptions.
Open flow yoga is a practice of embodied self enquiry, getting to know yourself through sensitive movement. You may experience over time that your body moves with more delight, grace and ease, some would call this functional strength and mobility. If you have been under stress you may also feel that the practice builds more resilience as your nervous system finds its way back into a more balanced stress response. You may even gain insights into your own nature that makes you feel like you have made some kind of progress in yoga. However, these are not goals set by the teacher but more like side effects of your own process. To the teacher you arrive to class perfect, complete and whole as you are. The teachers job is not to provide answers but to ask good questions that spark your own curiosity and exploration.
The only real outcome of the practice is thus a deepening of your enquiry into what is happening here and now, in and as your body. Yoga in this approach is an engagement with the world rather than a retreat from it. By honoring the body we have today and by practicing together to support each other we let go, at least a little, of the pressure to perform or improve. Is it possible to really appreciate this life and this body in all its variation, just as it is?
Where does it come from?
Like any other approach to yoga posture practice Open Flow Yoga draws inspiration from several sources. Some of them are: Yoga Somatics, developmental movement, Fascial Flow, Dynamic Yoga and the fluid teachings of Angela Farmer.
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