Instead of Flow, Go Slow: Supta Badha Konasana with Props

If we were writing the People’s History of Yoga, the current era could easily be called the Vinyasa Years, characterized by the style’s staggering growth and reigning popularity since the beginning of the 21st century.  (Do we say aughts?  This still sounds awkward).

While I fully admit to participating in and perpetuating the Vinyasa craze, I think it’s important to branch out and try other styles of yoga as well.  For example, I attend Iyengar classes with Patricia Walden whenever I can.  And if my gal Chanel Luck does anything with Yin yoga, I’m in.  Get it? Yin: I’m in…Too much?

The above pose might be too much for some, as it’s a deep stretch for groins and hips, as well as a backbend.  Use it as an opportunity to take it slow and use plenty of props (elements less common in Vinyasa styles).  If the stretch in the upper back or hips is too much, just choose one or the other.  A bolster can also be more comfortable than blocks for some yogis, and if you have tight hips, you may skip the strap altogether.

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  • Kathryn

    I love it. And so important to remember – I was in a yoga class the other day feeling frustrated that there wasn’t more vinyasa, but you know what? By the end I was breathing deeply, has a layer of sweat, and felt just as good as I do after a tough vinyasa class. My ego had been spoken to!