Align + Flow Defined

One thing that makes One Tree great is the variety of yoga styles available. This week we’re highlighting Align + Flow. Our alignment-based version of vinyasa. This all-levels practice ties traditional hatha poses together in a flow-style with several breaths per pose. A great class to learn actions in the pose while you move with breath. Each class offers a unique sequence designed by your teacher and incorporates props into the flow.

Here’s what our teachers have to say:

Dana B: “Align + Flow offers students the opportunity to really dig in and engage with their alignment in poses but still experience the fun, fluid vinyasa style. I love incorporating props into a flow to provide support, alignment help or extra challenge.”

Mary Pat: “I love the Align + Flow class and think others would like it too because I look at is as the ‘align’ indicates a thoughtful and inquisitive exploration of an aspect of the flow that will be included in that class. I usually try to plan a ‘pause’ in the middle of class to do an aspect of one pose in the flow in a different or deeper way. I love the quote, ‘Pause, breathe, repair your universe, proceed.’”

Gabe:”My favorite thing about Align + Flow is that it combines the athleticism and meditative movement of vinyasa with the physical and energetic alignment intentions of Hatha. It’s classical form with deep breath connection.”

Jamie: “I was surprised how much I enjoy sequencing and teaching the Align + Flow. I was a bit worried about vinyasa and the transitions but I am finding ways to flow poses together and linking the breath. So far I have been using peak pose sequencing and the vinyasa to target the anatomy that will be needed to reach the peak. I’ve had a student say she’s amazed she can get into the final pose (Yes!). I find it a nice blend of vinyasa and hatha.”

Alison: “Align + Flow is really just the way I know how to teach vinyasa. It’s the best of keeping the flow and movement that people love about vinyasa and combine it with alignment, that is a One Tree Yoga staple. Smart and safe flow that’s sustainable.”

Crystal: “I love teaching Align + Flow classes! In this alignment-based, breath-synchronized movement class, students are challenged to just go with the flow. To let go of rigidness and control. In such a fast-paced world, it’s lovely to move with the breath and feel a sense of connection between mind, body and breath. Every class is different, which helps students stay focused and present during their practice. When our minds focus on the breath and alignment on the mat, it allows us to have better focus and awareness off the mat. It truly is a gift!”

Gabe Hopp