Prasara – Dynamic Flow Yoga:
What is Prasara?
Prasara is a form of movement which incorporates yoga poses, connected with simple breathing techniques. It is the union of body and mind through structure, breathing and movement to release one's fears of the self in order to get out of the way of body and mind, in order to release one's true natural flow.
How will this help me?
People, even and especially trained athletes, tend to be bound up and restricted in one of six ways. We release these restrictions through what is called the “Six Degrees of Freedom” – heaving, surging, swaying, pitching, yawing, and rolling. But un-kinking those bound up restrictions, you gain greater health, vitality, energy, mobility, agility and strength.
Is this real yoga?
Yoga means to “unite”, and in Prasara that refers specifically to the integration of movement, with breath, with structural integrity. Compiled and developed by Dr. Scott Sonnon after years of study and training throughout the former Soviet Union with Olympic and national coaches and in his work as a USA national team coach and international martial arts champion, it is very much “real yoga.”
What if I can't get into a pose?
The goal isn’t to get into a pose. We teach you how to move one step closer to your goals of unbinding restrictions to your unlimited potential. The yoga is just the vehicle, not the destination. Yes, you can explore Prasara for its own sake, but you are our concern, not the style. We help you go one baby step at a time so that you are always freeing your movement, integrating your breath and improving your structural integrity. Baby steps are faster!
Do I need prior experience in Yoga?
No. Each person is different so each person's Prasara will be different. Everything in Prasara is based on structure, breathing and movement; everyone learns this from the beginning in order to delve deeper in their personal practice.
Can I get a good workout from this?
Very much so! Prasara Yoga is more than just moving through the motions. By focusing on the Big Three - Structure, Breathing and Movement - you control your workout. You can perform your Prasara practice for a light warm-up to un-kink for a nice cool-down after a workout or a long day at work, or you can make it a sweat-dripping, fat-scorching, muscle-toning workout. You get to control exactly what you’re up to for the day!
Will this fit with my current style of Yoga?
YES! Prasara will make your current practice stronger, easier, freer and more fluid. Prasara Yoga fills in the gaps via movement transitions between poses aiding in total flow within your current yoga practice. It’s called the “3rd Evolution of Yoga” because it works from poses or asana to breath-syncing or vinyasa to prasara or dynamic flow.
What do I need?
All you need is a warm body on the floor, grass or mat, a compassionate heart for your own process in your own time, and courageous enthusiasm for a new fitness adventure.
How long is the session?
Sessions can be as little as a couple minutes to step away from your work or errands, or as long as you want to devote. However, 14-18 minutes is typically all you need.
How often should I do it?
You can do it a couple minutes every day, or you can perform it more intensely 2-3 times a week.
Can I learn this by myself through the DVDs and/or books?
YES!!! Dr. Sonnon’s videos have even been inducted into the hall of fame because they’re so versatile and practical for at-home practitioners.
Where can I find classes?
Check with your local gym and ask for Prasara yoga by name. If they don’t themselves, they’ll know a gym that does, or get you classes ASAP so that they can be part of “the hottest new trend in yoga in Japan” created right here in the good old US of A.
You can also check online at www.prasara.com
I've never moved like that and don't think I can. How do I progress up to that?
Yes, you have! We all moved in the Six Degrees of Freedom, but our recreational, vocational and occupational activities, as well as stress, trauma and fears seize up our mobile freedom. The point isn’t to move “like that” but to incrementally, through baby steps, improve your personal movement by removing the “brakes” from your unlimited fitness potential!
How is it different from other forms of yoga?
Most styles of yoga focus on one of two aspects: poses called asana, or breath-linking between poses, called vinyasa. Prasara, as the “3rd Evolution” of yoga practice incorporates asana and vinyasa, and moves on to concentrating on the dynamic flow of movement.
I'm not flexible, can I do this stuff?
Absolutely!! Prasara yoga, and all good yoga, isn’t about flexibility. It’s not even about stretching. It’s about removing the restrictions to your natural mobility, strength, power, stamina, and energy. By opening up all Six Degrees of Freedom, you will indeed become more flexible as a bonus!
Do I need to learn any mysticism, meditation or chanting?
Prasara is a form of physical exercise not connected to any religion, the only meditation that you have to do is athletic focus on concentrated movement, and the only chanting you’ll do is cheering for how wonderful you feel.
How will Prasara Yoga help with sport, activity, fat loss, muscle gain, et cetera?
All sport, recreation and exercise goals involve the use of specific skills, whether that is a golf club or tennis racquet or baseball swing, or a pushup, sit-up or step-up. When you’re restricted in one or more of the Six Degrees of Freedom, you “leak” power. You literally hemorrhage performance. Even if you’re stomping on the accelerator, if you have the emergency brake on, you’re going nowhere fast, and you will eventually break down your engine, if not your wheels and chassis. With Prasara you can take off the brake, and reap 100% of the benefits of your exercise, sport or activity… as a powerful side-benefit, it’s a form of fat burning, muscle toning exercise in and of itself!