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.
How is it practiced?
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. In a class you will encounter elements from classical yoga posture practice alongside wave-like movements (undulation), gentle rocking movements (osscilation) open flows (fluctuation) and subtle pre-movements. In meditative stillness as well as in movement, you will be invited to feel the arising and dissolving of internal sensation and allow for the mind to rest in simply recognizing what is already here.
What is it for?
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 will move 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 could feel like some kind of progress. However, these are merely side effects of your own process, not goals set by the teacher. 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, Continuum, Dynamic Yoga and the fluid yoga of Angela Farmer. You may recognize elements and inspiration from one or several of these sources in any given class.