What is Lionflow Progressive Yoga ?
Lionflow Progressive Yoga is a blend of Yoga postures , Qi-gong stances, and Tai Chi movement & elaborate sequencing method designed to warm up the body from the inside out to keep you safe as you strive to deepen your postures. In the Lionflow cladd forms you will learn the benefits of the Yoga strengths ; pushing , pulling , squeezing, isolated flexing, stretching, compressing, balancing, relaxing, and breathing. With these strengths you will see & feel your practice grow.
Also the movements between postures are focused on . To build focus , muscle memory , and strengthen the stabilizing muscles throughout the body . If you have a deep curiosity about your bodies potential , want more knowledge for your home practice , or you just want a challenge to help accelerate you life , this is a Yoga style you will enjoy .
There is a class level for the beginning student , through the most advanced student , and several for those in between . Whatever level of student you are the Lionflow class forms will work every muscle , and develop your range of motion without forcing anything .
The mission of Lionflow Yoga is to take what is perceived as great strength , balance , and flexibility , and to make it as easy as breathing . Without forcing anything , your true potential will be harnessed without strain, but not without struggle.
Where did Lionflow Progressive Yoga come from ?
Lionflow Progressive Yoga is what came of Glenn Brown’s private Taoist – Raja/Hatha Yoga practice . Practiced & refined in private for over 20 years as self preparation for sports , and to see & feel personal growth . With continual private practice even while learning from Kung-fu Masters , and great Yoga Gurus , Lionflow Yoga was born & refined as the base of Glenn’s personal workout .
Not knowing if people would enjoy this methodology of intense yoga practice at first it was only shared with friends . It was the Yoga competition that demonstrated to Glenn that practitioners need more knowledge about how to safely warm up to achieve they’re best flexibility & strength without forcing anything , since forcing poses is what causes injury with what is supposed to be a therapeutic practice .
So Glenn found the core theory of the personal practice he had developed , so that different levels of poses could be organized following the same structure to teach different levels of students . After working with all levels of students , different class forms developed for the different levels of students , following the same core theory . Thus was the beginning of Lionflow Progressive Yoga & Arts , LLC .
What is a Lionflow Yoga Class like ?
In the layers of Lionflow Yoga are parallels to the 5 element wheel of Qi-gong , and Hsing-I Kung-fu , as well as parallels to the 8 limb path of Yoga , and 4 branches of the Vedas . These layers are there , but like learning a song , you start with the lyrics & melody . To learn how to play all the instruments in the song takes more time . So in class the focus is kept on where your body is in the moment , and how you should be breathing for more benefit . In class you will find little posture naming , heavy Sanskrit dialogue , or continuous verbage . Instead the class instructions are very specific in leading you into position , and telling you what to do there . Once you’re in a pose to your safest maximum , you’ll be given time for a few breaths , then you will be guided step by step into the next position . Deeper stretching , and longer poses are saved for when the body is warmed up to keep you safe & progressing .
Time is not given to force a pose deeper , instead you are given time to see what your body can do today . With smooth , intentional , unforced , and non-aggressive motion into the poses , and only a few breaths to find the edge of your maximum before moving smoothly back out of the pose . This movement makes class like a conversation with your body instead of an argument , and progress is found with diligence , and patience . In letting go of the ego that would drive you to force something , you can realize what state you are really in physically . At that point you can recognize , and challenge your limitations making your potential grow without boundaries .
Extra instructions on alignment will come when the teacher of class notices you didn’t learn something from watching . Some adjustments will be reserved , waiting till your body is ready for them , but also to give you the chance to make the discovery in the pose yourself . A reason for this is to give you a chance to learn that yoga is a journey of self discovery .
This does not mean however that the teacher will not be watching you to make sure you’re safe , or will leave you in a pose without giving you adjustments . You will be well taken care of , and the teacher will guide you safely through class looking for ways to help you progress with small adjustments to your form , but progress will not be forced .
Glenn Brown Owner/Teacher/Artist Lionflow Progressive Yoga & Arts , LLC
Short Teacher Bio~
Glenn Brown was certified in Hsing-I Kung-fu , Qi-gong , and acupressure by Sifu Dwan of the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts , in England in 2001 . Then certified in the Bikram Yoga in 2002 . He also represented Indiana in the USA Yoga Championship ( Bishnu Ghosh Cup ) 9 times , and has been the Indiana Mens Yoga Champion 14 years, placed 5th Nationally in 2016, 2nd in 2017, and 1st Nationally in 2018, and placed 4th in the 2018 International Yoga Championship.