Vinyasa Flow Transitions: Mindful Asana Transitions

Mindful transitioning is particularly important during flow sequences, of course. Moving too quickly or moving through transitions without mindfulness can lead to poor form and potential injury.

And since anything done repetitively over time will naturally be a place we tend to “check out,” focusing on transitions during flow can be particularly apt.

Reasons to Slow Down

[Particularly when addressing low back pain or when advising students to reduce intensity:] In vinyasa, be careful in transitions and hold poses longer. “A minute to two minutes will start really changing the fascial plains, shifting the joint space,” Little says. Gently moving in and out of the same pose can have a similar effect. In either case, avoid rushing off to the next shape. – Bill Giebler

Each Pose Should Have its Own Individual Resonance

Each pose in a flow—or each pose within a transition—should have its own individual resonance. So, when you transition into a pose, don’t rush. Take your time and land. Stabilize and maintain the pose that you’re transitioning into. – Jason Crandell