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for students of all ability levels, Water instructs,
as the name implies, with the fluidity and grace of
Hatha Vinyasa, flowing sequences with a broad complement
of standing, seated and inverted yoga postures. This
practice of synchronized movement develops strength
and refinement as body, mind and breath become a moving
meditation. Approximate practice time: 45 minutes.
Total Yoga: Water presents
an intermediate workout that can be practiced independently or in tandem
with the other programs (Earth and Fire) in the three-part Flow Series.
With basic combinations of standing postures and floor poses, this approachable
45-minute program will welcome beginners and seasoned yoga practitioners
alike. Based in the foundations of Hatha vinyasa, Water draws on core
energy and ujjayi breathing to increase focus and flexibility. Instructors
Tracey Rich and Ganga White illustrate modifications for most postures
and limit the amount of advanced asanas. Although this workout is accessible
to many levels, it is by no means easy. Participants will get a solid
workout through a series of sun salutations and familiar poses such
as triangle and warrior. Spinal rotation and inverted postures are kept
to a minimum, but some great flexibility building movements are incorporated
that will increase the students' capacity to work into these poses later
in their discipline (perhaps in the most difficult edition of The Flow
Series, Total Yoga: Fire). Abdominal and lower-back muscles receive
some good attention here and the routine closes with meditation and
visualization. Overall, this is an outstanding format that ensures a
challenging and safe workout. -- Olivia Voigts
White Lotus Foundation holds Yoga teacher training courses four times per year in Santa Barbara, CA at our beautiful retreat center in the mountains. Students attend from around the country to receive their yoga certification. For in-depth information on our Yoga Certification Program, click Yoga Certification. Our courses are renowned around the world for their comprehensive content, individual attention to each student, and for the wonderful
transformational experience of studying with yoga pioneers and best selling authors, Ganga White and Tracey Rich.
White Lotus Foundation offered the first yoga teacher training and certification in America in 1968.