An Introduction to 5Elements Water Flow

Each elemental practice at Wilmington Yoga Center is based on the five great elements of nature. These elements form the structure of the mind/body and the world surrounding all. A deeper understanding of the elements allows one’s yoga practice to evolve with changing seasons and life cycles and creates a foundation from which to sustain a lifelong practice of yoga.

The element water- called “apas” in Sanskrit- is the forth of the five great elements. Water represents qualities such as cool, stable, heavy, smooth, flowing and soft. The water element is believed to counter certain occurrences in the body such as overheating, dehydration, low self-esteem, feeling ungrounded, vulnerability and a “hardened” heart. Water serves as a protector of the body. Water manifests itself in the body as the plasma and lymphatic fluid responsible for bringing nutrients to the cells. Likewise, water carries toxins away from the cells. Water also correlates to one’s sense of taste and disorders affecting taste are thought to result from an imbalance of the water element.

5Elements Water Flow is a nurturing and energizing yoga class that incorporates vinyasa, tai chi and circular wave motion throughout the body. Water flow is a quiet, gentle, slow-moving and nourishing class that seeks to cultivate inner balance and restore reserves that have been depleted from stress and over-stimulation. The fluid movements lubricate all joints in the body and support increased spinal mobility, range of motion and balance.

5Elements Water Flow is a full body vinyasa practice with an emphasis on shoulder opening and the six movements of the spine. The movements in Water Flow encourage the body to flow as liquid matter. The class helps to release stress, tightness and feelings of stiffness. Water Flow is an all levels class and the room is heated anywhere from 70-75 degrees. As in the other 5Elements classes, the pose sequence is always the same regardless of who is teaching the class. This is a beneficial feature for yogis who want to work continually on set postures and keep track of their progress.

5Elements Water flow is an excellent choice for yogis looking for a slow and safe, but flowing practice. This class is also a great pick for students looking for something a little more than a basic or gentle class who don’t wish to take a vigorous or hot class. Below is a sneak peak of the poses and happenings one will experience in 5Elements Water Flow:

  • Opening breath work
  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose
  • Bridge Pose
  • Spinal twists
  • Navasana (Boat Pose)
  • Downward Dog
  • Standing backbends
  • Core planks
  • Low Cobra Pose
  • Locust Pose
  • Bow Pose
  • Child’s Pose
  • Camel Pose
  • Pigeon Pose
  • Seated forward bends
  • A closing seated meditation
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