Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga Classes at the JCC Indianapolis
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga is a form of vinyasa yoga that links the breath, movement, and poses together. The Sanskrit word, “vinyasa,” has a variety of meanings, but the most common reference is to the connection between breath and movement. Vinyasa is sometimes referred to as Flow Yoga, reflecting the emphasis on the movement, or ebb and flow, between poses. Breath is synchronized with movement through a sequence of sun salutations and postures. The continuous flow, with an emphasis on proper alignment, increases endurance and will help you find the edge of your balance and flexibility at JCC Indianapolis.
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga Benefits
- Calms the Mind: Focusing on your breathing and holding moves in your flow can bring a calmness that you may not have realized you needed before getting on the mat.
- Reduces Stress: All forms of yoga are great stress reducers, but slow flow yoga and your connection to your breathing takes it to another level. Taking deep breaths in and out, focusing on one thing at a time, allows you to relieve your stress and be present in the moment.
- Low Impact: Slow Flow Yoga is low-impact and won’t put any undue pressure on your knees or joints. Throughout the practice, you have time to listen to your body and read the cues it is giving you. You will feel when you are going beyond your limit and readjust. No strenuous or high-impact moves to worry about in this class.
Doing any type of yoga offers many benefits such as increased flexibility, calming of the mind, and improved cardiovascular health. Slow Flow Yoga is a type of yoga that focuses on slowing down the flow of poses; you will do about half the number of poses you would in a regular flow class.
Who Is the Class for?
- Busy professionals, men and women ages 25-54, who have highly stressful jobs or who are under stress at work or at home.
- Baby boomers, men and women ages 55-73, who would benefit from the increased flexibility and decreased blood pressure that restorative yoga provides.
Yoga classes appeal to all ages and abilities. This class is best suited for:
What to Expect in Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga classes are restful practices that are all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative yoga class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few poses over the course of an hour. Expect dim lights and soft music.
The Pescovitz Dance Studio is located in the north area of the facility.
Dress comfortably. The J has yoga mats available, but many people prefer to bring their own. Please bring your own water bottle.
$12 per class (purchase at Welcome Desk) or $40/month for unlimited access to this and all yoga/Pilates classes.
Please note that Yoga/Pilates is a benefit of membership and is for JCC members only.
About the Instructors
Kathy O’Brien Allgood is more than a certified E-RYT® 200; she is also a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Personal Trainer and a SilverSneakers Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She spent many years trying to fit fitness and healthy living into her life. Her personal experience from the benefits of practicing convinced her she needed to continue sharing her experience with others. She currently shares her time in the therapy profession with her yoga and fitness, helping people of all ages find their own positive experience and wellness capabilities.
Alana Hess has been enjoying sharing yoga with others for over 12 years. The benefits of yoga are limitless and she is passionate about sharing these mental, physical, and spiritual aspects the practice offers. During her training in California, a light-bulb moment occurred when she knew yoga was so much more than a fitness skill- it is truly a way of being. Her classes aim to offer balance, flow, and peace all while connecting with the best version of who you are.
Fitness Is a Core Jewish Value
At the JCC, fitness isn’t just something we do; it’s who we are. Although exercise is not mentioned in the Torah, taking care of one’s health is. In fact, while other belief systems advocate for the healing power of prayer, Judaism encourages people to look after their health and seek counsel from medical experts. In Judaism, good health is not a goal in itself. Rather, it is a means to an end – to serve the Creator.