What is yoga?
Hatha Vinyasa Flow
Around every 18 months or so, we like to revamp the class schedule here at Hot Yoga Ibiza, operating under the belief that change is a good thing. We actively encourage our students to try new classes and yoga styles all the time – it’s good for your practice, your body and your soul! Most recently, we introduced an all-new Hatha Vinyasa Flow class that is exclusive to Hot Yoga Ibiza in Ibiza, Spain to our morning schedule – and before any of our regular students start worrying about going too far out of their comfort zone, rest assured these classes are still in keeping with our school’s lineage; that is, the Bishnu Ghosh lineage of yoga.
So, what is Hatha Vinyasa Flow exactly? This new class is a series of 84 traditional Ghosh yoga postures divided into three sessions, all of which were created using the forces of physics, the precision of geometry and the logic of mathematics, alongside the notions of Chi and Prana. The classes are a combination of physical poses and breathing – the basis of Hatha yoga – and are designed to bring you to the point of concentration and meditation.
The original 84-posture sequence was developed by Bishnu Ghosh, who originally trained Bikram Choudhury. The idea to split the sequence into three synergistic classes is so students can safely experience many poses from the lineage, thus using all muscle groups equally over the course a week (whereas Bikram only uses a repetition of 26 poses daily). By practicing like this, you will achieve true balance – physically, mentally and spiritually. Of course, the classes can also be practiced individually – any yoga is better than no yoga!
Our studio founder Sebastien Carincotte has built three unique sequences based around this concept and with the addition of some Ashtanga poses and a strong focus on the breathing process exclusively for Hot Yoga Ibiza – you won’t find classes like this anywhere else on the island, and perhaps even in Spain.
If you have practiced in our studio before – or indeed, if you have practiced Bikram or Tony Sanchez’s CORE 40 yoga anywhere in the world – you will be familiar with the style and sequence of the poses already. The class is therapeutic by nature and also designed to help you build muscle strength and flexibility, working from the inside out with a focus on your central nervous system in order to increase good health and fight disease. This class is also ideal for those looking to combat stress, depression, chronic disease, posture issues, herniated discs and asthma among other conditions.
Who is it for? Hatha Vinyasa Flow classes are suitable for all levels, and postures can be modified to suit each student depending on their experience and fitness levels, always focusing on asanas, pranayama and meditation. Beginners will be able to ease into the postures and pick up the sequence quite quickly, while experienced yogis will enjoy the opportunity to go deeper into advanced versions of some positions.
What to expect in class? First important detail to note – there’s no heat pumped into the studio for this class – the studio is left at room temperature and students create the heat within their bodies throughout the practice through movement and breathwork.
As a general guide, classes are split into three parts. The first part has been developed to help you stay fit, while building the heat in the body through athletic poses to preparing your body for the second part of the class.
The sequence varies ever-so-slightly in each class to keep things interesting, but always starts with pranayama (breathing exercises) before moving into a series of standing poses. Following on from here, you’ll move onto the floor for the next part of the class, with additional time in each class spent focusing on a different element of the practice. On Tuesdays, expect to feel the burn throughout an intensely challenging abdominal series plus double sided twisting. On Wednesdays, it’s about core strength, as we have fun and play with poses that build in the strength in the back muscles such as spine compressions and extensions. On Fridays, we focus on realigning the hips and finish the class with a series of inversions. One thing is for sure – Hatha Vinyasa Classes at Hot Yoga Ibiza are never boring.
The final part of all classes is a beautiful return to concentration through breathing, with focus on multiple varieties of deeper pranayama and a full ten-minute relaxation. The more you practice the three Hatha Vinyasa Classes each week, the closer you will come to arriving to the point of meditation and enlightenment.