Here is a short hour-long version of my Five Rites Flow from back in October.
Even though the name of the sequence has the word “flow” in it that most people associate with Vinyasa or Power yoga styles, this is actually a mix of short Yin-style holds with short repetitive Tibetan Vinyasas mixed in.
I first created this style of class when teaching Yin Yoga in the early morning and wanting to give people a Yin experience that would be as invigorating as it is relaxing to get them ready for their day. To do this I set the goal of articulating all the major joints (hips, shoulders, spine) through all their major articulations and of also taking people through The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation taken from the book The Eye of Revelation. On retreat I teach a version of this class that lasts several hours.
I use to call it Yin/Yang and that is not an inaccurate description of the class as it has both stillness (yin) and movement (yang), and lower body (yin) upper body (yang). I changed the name because I wanted both to draw out this style’s unique quality of using the Five Tibetan Rites, and because I wanted to leave room to teach a Yin/Yang class in the style of my teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley.
-Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP
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