Barkan Hot Vinyasa 101
Bikram Yoga NYC is pleased to have added the Barkan Style Hot Vinyasa to our schedule. After exploring many different styles of Hot Vinyasa we chose Barkan because of the close ties Jimmy Barkan has with the Bikram style and is part of the Gosh, Bikram lineage of Hatha yoga. Jimmy Barkan was one of the first teachers allowed to certify Bikram teachers at his home studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After many years of being considered the most senior Bikram teacher, Jimmy decided to branch out and create his own style of yoga.
Come and try and experience for yourself this unique blend of Hot Vinyasa and Bikram. If you have never done Vinyasa yoga before you will be instructed on how to modify the Vinyasa flow until you build enough upper body strength to do the flow with correct alignment. You will also be surprised how many other poses you will recognize with possibly a slight variation. Your Bikram practice will have prepared you very well to this more challenging class.
As always give yourself a chance to get acclimated to the class. You should take a minimum of 3 classes to really understand the series. Once you know the series you will be on your way to a beautiful flow and meditative state.
Please note that this class has a set format but allows for progression to more advanced postures. This class can be as challenging as you want to make it.
Structure of Class
Vinyasa poses are usually linked together with Sun Salutations, which include a signature four posture flow consisting of plank, chaturanga, upward facing dog and downward facing dog (see video below). Class will begin with a short 5-minute clinic to familiarize students with this four posture flow and highlight proper alignment points. The class will move next into a set of classic pranayama breathing exercises to warm up the body and open the lungs. Students will then go through a 35-minute flow consisting of 5 Sun Salutations, where they will get a chance to practice the signature four posture flow at least 10 times.
Following the 5 Sun Salutations, the class progresses to 10 minutes of standing/balancing postures, not unlike those in the Bikram Method, but which are unique to the Barkan Method and, importantly, flow from one to the next. The class concludes with 10 minutes on the floor, again with the postures transitioning smoothly from one to the next.