Stretching Hamstring Flow : A Fluid Conversation

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Roy Gan

Roy Gan (ERYT) is a classically trained dancer from Singapore, with over 15 years of experience in dance, teaching, and choreography, a non-practicing lawyer, and a graduate of Yoga Garden SF 200-hour Advanced St...
Let's explore expansion and contraction; stretch and tighten in this fluid hamstring-centric flow. Just as we cannot know light without darkness, or balance without being out of balance, we cannot experience stretch without its opposite.  Contrast and change are aspects of our human experience and we learn through this contrast. To stretch our front body, we need to contract our back body and vice versa. Awareness of these dynamics of movement allows us to make the necessary energetic alignment so that we can achieve the optimum stretch whether it be passive or active. These are all energetic qualities of the parasympathetic and sympathetic responses of our bodies.

Vinyasa is a dynamic system of practicing asana by linking breath to continuous movement in sequence. This style of yoga builds heat, endurance, flexibility, and strength through focused concentration. An attentive ear and some knowledge of basic yoga postures is recommended to keep pace with the flow. Sequencing is often built around sun salutations, and may vary with teacher. Students are encouraged to modify and take variations if needed.