Worlds Yoga Vinyasa Fusion

Overview

Balance, Flexibility, and Strength are the trie-pod of physical health. Breathing is the life force. Mindfulness is a virtue.

Vinyasa Fusion improves your balance, enhances your flexibility, and makes you stronger. It improves your breathing and makes you more mindful. Vinyasa Fusion achieves these benefits by providing four practice themes dedicated to balance, flexibility, strength and their integration. Focus on breathing , and connecting mind, body, and breath are emphasized in all four themes:

  • Balance – includes balancing on various grounding points – feet, hands, toes, knees, head, and combinations of the above.
  • Flexibility – flexes major sections of the body including shoulders, spine, hips, inner thighs, and hamstring.
  • Strengths – systematically works on all major muscles in the body, including the involuntary muscles not accessible directly.
  • Integration – brings balance, flexibility, and strengths, as well as breath, body, and mind together.

These benefits can only be realized through regular practice of the yoga poses that bring about these promises. So how does one ensure their yoga practice is a holistic one receiving all the promises of yoga and not some. Dr. K, founder of Worlds Yoga, an avid practitioner of Vinyasa, Bikram, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga styles of yoga also grappled with this same question and set out to find a solution to this challenge which overwhelms not only new yoga practitioners but also seasoned ones. The result is Vinyasa Fusion which Worlds Yoga Milpitas, Fremont and Union City students have been benefiting from for years.

Each theme includes more than 50 poses. Aside from Vinyasa Flow, Sun Salutation, and some warm up and closing poses, the poses in each theme are different than the poses in other themes. As a result the number of poses in the four themes put together exceeds 200, which is considerably higher than 26 poses in Bikram and 50 plus poses in Ashtanga Primary series.

Variations that make poses more challenging are offered step-by-step to allow experienced students to advance their practice while newer students learn correct alignment of poses.

Focusing on balance, flexibility, strength and their integration allows practitioners to work on the whole body in each practice. Contrast this with focus on a single segment of the body such as hips or spine. The opportunity to practice more than 200 poses allows practitioners to learn and benefit from poses with different intended benefits. Compare this with practicing limited poses. Vinyasa Fusion does not limit a practice to a segment of body or to a limited set of poses. As such it enables students to advance their practice and achieve the primary benefits of yoga more effectively.

Based on observing the practice of two groups of students over an eight month period, it has become evident that students who practice Vinyasa Fusion regularly advance their practice consistently and are able to do poses that they could not imagine doing before they started practicing Vinyasa Fusion. They can safely practice arm balances and inversions, and are visibly more flexible and stronger through out their body. They are able to breath better and synchronize their breath with movement skillfully and hence focus their mind and calm their nervous system easily.

Vinyasa Fusion is a heated 75 minute class. Students are advised to attend classes with all four themes to get the full benefits of practicing Vinyasa Fusion. Students who are new to yoga are advised to attend few Vinyasa style classes before attending Vinyasa Fusion.

Theme Schedule for each studio

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Challenges that Vinyasa Fusion addresses
Vinyasa Fusion addresses the following challenges that yoga teachers and practitioners alike often experience.
How to achieve the key benefits of yoga
We all know yoga is good. Each of us can describe why yoga is good based on our personal experiences. Nevertheless, we need to be able to communicate the benefits of yoga to others in concrete terms. More importantly we need to relate the yoga practice we guide directly to those benefits. It is more convincing to explain the benefits of yoga by relating those benefits to the practice of yoga. Unless we relate the benefits to the practice directly, our description of benefits is abstract.

Yoga practice improves our ability to balance, enhances our flexibility, makes us stronger, and makes us more mindful. The benefits of yoga go beyond these four. Yoga helps us improve our eating habits and by doing so helps us maintain a healthy body and weight. It reduces stress. It improves our concentration. These benefits are secondary in that they are the consequences of becoming healthier physically and being a more mindful person. Improved balance, enhanced flexibility, strength, and mindfulness are the primary benefits of practicing yoga.

How does Vinyasa Fusion achieve these four primary benefits?

Vinyasa Fusion directly achieves these four benefits by offering Balance, Flexibility, Strength, and Integration themes.
Structured fixed sequence without boredom
Every yoga teacher faces the choice of following a fixed sequence, or making up the sequence as it goes based on the students’ readiness and energy in the class.

The benefits of fixed sequence are obvious and have been well demonstrated by Bikram and Ashtanga styles of yoga. However, some teachers feel if they follow the same sequence in every class their students will get bored. To avoid boring their students, these teachers choose to use a somewhat different sequence in every class.

The problems with making up a sequence as you go include lack of consistency, increased probability of less effective cues, and following sequences that are not well thought through. Unless the teacher spends enormous amount of time to prepare for each class, or the teacher has been teaching for many years, the sequences that are made up on the fly and the delivery of those sequences will not be full proof and they will be subject to mistakes and errors.

Furthermore, lack of consistency forces students to be constantly thinking as to what the next pose is going to be. They are worried about missing a cue or falling out of sink. It becomes harder for them to calm their minds and reduce their stress level.

Vinyasa Fusion is based on well-developed consistent sequences. It addresses the problem of boredom by using four well-defined themes. Each theme has its own complete sequence and students are not stuck with one sequence.
Delivering detailed precise cues
Detailed precise cues help students do the poses correctly and avoid injuries. There are two challenges in providing detailed precise cues:
Teachers need to tightly script the cues in advance and repeatedly practice it to be able to deliver detailed precise cues.
Students need to hear them again and again to fully understand the cues and follow them.
Perhaps the best example of a style of yoga with detailed precise cues is Bikram. Bikram yoga teachers memorize detailed precise cues and deliver them verbatim.

It is challenging to deliver precise detailed cues for a fluid sequence. Only very experienced teachers can do that. As any yoga teacher would attest building a good sequence involves meeting many requirements. Counter poses should be properly included, transitions should be safe, the course objective should be achieved, multi-level students must be supported, time limit must be observed, etc. Designing a good sequence takes a lot of time and practice even when it is done prior to delivering the sequence. It is much harder to do it on the fly in real-time in a class.

Diversity of poses in spite of structured fixed sequence
One of the problems with a structured fixed sequence is that it limits the number of poses students get to practice. A Bikram yoga student who practices Bikram every week and for several years gets to practice the same 26 poses for a very long time. She or he never gets to experience Sun Salutation and Ujaii breathing, for instance.

Ashtanga yoga alleviates this problem by offering multiple series: primary series, second series, and third series (to be fair we must mention that Bikram also has advanced series that include more poses than 26). The challenge of this approach is that Astanga second and third series are too advanced for most practitioners and are rarely available in yoga studios.

Each theme of Vinyasa Fusion includes more than 50 poses. Aside from some overlap of poses in various themes, the poses in each theme are different than the poses in other themes. As a result the number of poses students get to practice exceeds 200, which is considerably higher than 26 poses in Bikram and 50 plus poses in Ashtanga Primary series.
Guiding through complex poses step-by-step
Every yoga teacher has taught a class where attendees have been at different stages of their yoga practice. The common approach for teaching a multi-level class is to offer modifications of complex poses. Another common approach is to take the students through complex poses step-by-step. The latter approach is preferred because it does not break the flow of the class. The former is hard to do specially in flow classes. It is even harder to do it when the class is large.

In the design of Vinyasa Fusion classes we have given priority to poses that can be offered step-by-step. In other words when possible we have chosen to include a pose that can be taken to deepen levels step-by-step. Furthermore, given that this may not be possible for all the poses, students are advised and encouraged to observe the poses that are new to them before they try them.

Because Vinyasa Fusion sequences support the step-by-step deepening of the most poses, Vinyasa Fusion beginner, intermediate and advanced series are not needed. This greatly simplifies the practical aspects of delivering Vinyasa Fusion classes, such as scheduling and teacher training.