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 10:30 am 11:30 am Diana Sweeney 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Thursday 10:30 am 11:30 am Kat Wheatley 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Tuesday
10:30 am - 11:30 am - with Diana Sweeney - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:30 am - with Kat Wheatley - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

Katharine “Kat” Wheatley was certified as a RYT-200 in 2013 with YogaWorks and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Kat was trained as a classical ballet dancer, studying and performing for nearly 18 years with the Fletchers and with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet in Asheville, NC. Kat started practicing yoga occasionally at a gym almost 25 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she committed to a steady and (almost) daily practice of yoga. Kat is currently manager of Key Largo Yoga and in addition to overseeing workshops and special events, she manages the schedule, our team of teachers, and our social media connections. Kat subs classes when the regular teacher is unavailable and as such can teach any level of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Aerial, Gentle, SUP Yoga, and Yin. Kat continues her education as often as possible through her own practice, with her mentor Kathy Shirley, and by attending multiple workshops, conferences and events throughout the year. Join Kat for her Yoga Essentials class, Yin Yoga, Hatha Basics or her Friday afternoon Fun Flow, or stop in to the studio office to say hello!

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.