Vinyasa 1

The word Vinyasa means the connection of breath to movement. Thus in Vinyasa yoga all movements are synchronized with the breath, creating a practice that is both dynamic and flowing. The asanas, or postures, are derived from the Ashtanga system. The difference between the two styles is that in Ashtanga yoga one performs the same asanas in the same sequence every time, while in Vinyasa yoga one has more freedom to improvise sequences of asanas. The basic components of a vinyasa class will be present – warm up, sun salutations, standing poses, inversions, back bends, forward folds, and a well-deserved savasana.

A Level 1 Vinyasa class assumes the practitioner has had some vinyasa experience, although it’s not required.  Poses will be basic as yoga students practice body and breath awareness; basic alignment of postures (placement of the body in standing seated and balancing poses); breathing and meditation techniques; and deep relaxation. The pace of this class is generally slower with mindful attention to the mind-body connection that we cultivate through alignment and breath. Expect to build strength, stamina and flexibility over time.

Temperature: Warm
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Class Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Trainer Address
Tuesday Diana Sweeney 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Thursday Jane Hlis 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Tuesday
- - Diana Sweeney - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Thursday
- - Jane Hlis - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

I recently completed my yoga teacher training through Key Largo Yoga studio under the guidance of her mentor, Kathy Shirley. I am also a licensed physical therapist and owner of Atlantic Sportcare, Inc, in Key Largo, FL. I have been actively practicing physical therapy 33 years specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. I received my BS degree, double majoring in biology and physical education and a minor in psychology, from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, and played Division I scholarship tennis. In addition, I attained my physical therapy degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. My interest in yoga stemmed from my medical and sports background, knowing my body needed much “love” both physically and mentally from competitively pounding the tennis courts for 20 years and realizing it was catching up with me. My physical practice began about 4 years ago and I quickly felt not only the physical benefits, but also the mental and spiritual changes as I found my way of thinking was definitely and naturally changing. I was “sold” on that combination and have never looked back. I look forward to expanding my yoga knowledge and practice while integrating and sharing my technical medical background with the Upper Keys community!!

I was a "Jazzerciser" and aerobic dancer for twenty years and even taught aerobic dance classes. In 2007 I had an opportunity to attend a yoga class and really enjoyed the stretching yoga offered and started regularly attending class. In the next couple of years I  suffered great losses in my family. I started to realize that my time on my mat was helping with more than stretching - it was helping me find a peaceful mind. In 2012 I under went major surgery on my neck and afterward I was not sure a yoga asana practice would be possible for me again. But I had to try, and received my doctors approval to start my yoga practice with no headstands. I became stronger everyday, yoga was helping me gain strength and also helping me accept what would never be the same. I have been a student of Kathy Shirley since 2011 when I first came to Key Largo. In October 2016 I started Yoga teacher training with Key Largo Yoga. I wanted to learn more about the spiritual part of yoga. It was a truly uplifting and humbling experience. There was so much that I learned but there is also so much more to learn. I finished the yoga teacher training in April 2017 and I am now a 200 hour RYT, which is just the beginning.