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Yoga: Vinyasa Flow-Intermediate
In intermediate yoga, go beyond the basics and discover new challenges. Intermediate sessions assume a working knowledge of the basics and expect an understanding of the essential elements of alignment in order to work in more advanced modifications. We will explore poses that will test your stamina, strength, and flexibility. Follow along as your instructor guides you through postures that require sustained concentration and muscle support. Intermediate yoga students must understand the correlation between movements and have a firm control and stability in basic postures. There are a wide range of students within the intermediate level so don’t be surprised if you find some poses still too difficult to execute. Be patient as your body will take time to adjust. Listen to your body and be sure not to risk injury. In these sessions, your instructor will introduce a wider variety of poses and styles. Over time, you’ll feel your body adapt and respond to the increased difficulty of these sessions. Take your practice to the next level with intermediate yoga.
If you’re still on the fence about making the leap from basics to intermediate, consider these clues, too.
- You’re stronger.
The prospect of more than 10+ vinyasas* in one practice doesn’t make you squirm with unease. And after your dedicated practice, you can breathe and move into poses with much less effort.
- You’re smarter on the mat.
You know the names of common poses, and you don’t always need to look around the room to figure out how to move. The verbal cues are increasingly comprehensible.
- Your curiosity moves beyond your class.
You might start asking more questions after class, and a mini-collection of yoga books, DVDs, and magazines might be starting to pile up at home.
- You trust your inner teacher, YOU.
You’re no longer blindly following the teacher up front, but you listen mindfully through each pose and transition to monitor how the practice feels for you. So if you need to take Child’s Pose during class, you take Child’s Pose, no cue from the teacher needed.
- You’ve got more flexibility.
And I don’t mean just physically. You are more comfortable and open to the infinite possibilities on your mat, and you don’t even blink when the teacher says the class is going to try something new.
- Your practice is moving off the mat.
You begin to see that yoga isn’t just about postures, but there is much more to glean from the practice and much you can take into your life outside the yoga room.
- You still appreciate a beginner’s mind.
Even if you take a basic class or an intermediate class, you still get something valuable out of the practice, whether it’s a new perspective, an alignment cue, a new pose, a creative transition, or meditation technique. You realize that the learning will never really stop.
Intermediate yoga classes tend to be more vigorous and aerobic, and classes can have a variety of music and themes.
If you’re looking to advance your practice to ensure it doesn’t feel stale, it might be fun to try an intermediate class or two every so often. Who knows, you might surprise yourself with how advanced you already are!