Scholé Yoga is different for many reasons, and one very big difference is something we call “free flow.” You can find it in varying amounts in every single Scholé Yoga practice. Maybe it’s just a few moments, maybe it’s a song or two or three, but at some point, you’ll have the freedom to move on your own.
Move on your own? In YOGA class? The first time it happens can be a surprise. It can be scary. Here you were, all checked out, and then suddenly it’s time to tune in to yourself, maybe deeper than you ever had in a yoga class before. Whoa. No one is every really ready for it their first time. And that’s totally okay. In fact, it’s all part of the process.
The greatest teachings of yoga come from learning to trust ourselves. We do know best for ourselves, and what we really need, if we can take the time to really pay attention. It can be even harder once we hear ourselves to then make a choice to do our own thing. Free flow gives us both the space to listen, and to act – even if that action is choosing to rest and be still.
Working through just a little initial fear and seeing that often, we're the only ones judging ourselves, helps us listen to ourselves more and trust our own intuition. No yoga teacher could ever know everything going on in our bodies – it is certainly hard enough for us to listen to ourselves. Free flow gives us that space to listen, and to play.
As you move past the initial surprise of free flow, suddenly you might even start to have fun. Scholé Yoga free flow can feel like dancing in the dark when no one is watching. Because for the most part, they aren’t. Some people look around for inspiration, and others are just doing their thing, moving with the music in their very own way. Everyone practices together, then flows on their own. We come back together, and again find our own way. We have support around us, and build support within while we come together and apart in each practice.
Free flow can look a little like chaos when we try to take photos in class, but it’s beautiful to experience. One Scholé yogi described it as a scene of “Spartans training for the battle of life.” In time, it can even get hard not to free flow in other practices. But then we can come back to our breath, and practice the yoga of observing just how much things have changed.