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Have you heard about Mandala yoga, not sure what it is?  

Mandala – a geometric figure representing the universe. It looks a bit like this, but can be drawn in different ways. always though with this resemblance.

 

What is Mandala Yoga?

Mandala Vinyasa yoga, is a practice that works towards a firm intention and established on the four elements that bring connection between you and each of the Elements in the Universe – Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Each of these elements have their corresponding Chakra and group of muscles:

  • Air– quads and backbends. Energetically activating Anahata Chakra, related with our social identity and self-love, finding space in our hearts.
  • Fire– glutes and IT bands accessing through twists. Energetically activating Manipura Chakra, our solar plexus, related with our will power and ego identity.
  • Water– groin and hips. Energetically activating Svadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra, our source of movement and connection, related with our reproductive system.
  • Earth– hamstrings and forward folds. Energetically activating Muladhara, the Root Chakra, related with grounding and safety.

Mandala Vinyasa, is a dynamic flow and can be as challenging as the student would like it to be, modifications and options will be given to suit the students practice

Lou Hedderley, Studio Manager

During a Mandala Vinyasa class, you will be integrating the spiral patterns of nature, as there is never perfection nor straight lines in nature. You’ll explore circular movements with your body, moving around all four corners of the mat in 360 degrees.

Physically the class is flowing in a slightly slower paced Vinyasa (flow), through different levels of asana (postures), while prioritising the breath to movement and working on a particular target area (element) in the body. As the movements are slower they are linked by the breath in a conscious manner.

The practice usually starts and ends with a short Yin session so you’re able to “prepare” and “close” the areas of the body that you would be working on.

Mandala Vinyasa, is a dynamic flow and can be as challenging as the student would like it to be, modifications and options will be given to suit the students practice. A regular practice or experience of Vinyasa yoga is recommended.

 

Lou completed her extensive Mandala training course 

Lou has been working with the Chakras, training in this area for a couple of years. It has always been her passion to deepen her knowledge and the integration between the physical yoga practice and the Chakra system. With this additional training, Lou will now have you spinning, turning and using all four corners of your mat in her classes.

 

How do you learn more?

Ask Lou when you see her, she will start to introduce some of her Mandala learnings into her Vinyasa practices at Ebb&Flow, so watch out for these specially planned sections.

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