The other day I read an interesting blog on Facebook written by a Slow Flow Vinyasa teacher about slowing down his practice and his teaching. He commented that part of slowing down was due to the aging process and he needed to slow down his practice to accommodate his body. What he found out though was that as he slowed down he became more aware of the changes on the inside. This is exactly what the slower pace and longer holding of poses that Svaroopa(r) Yoga provides you with.
Every Svaroopa(R) Yoga class and practice begins with Shavasana during which the teacher takes you through a guided awareness. When teaching I start the guided awareness at your toes and work my way up to your head. Scanning through each part of the body and asking you to become aware of and notice each part both outside and inside. Always working our way from the outside to the inside.
The purpose of this is to bring your awareness inside so you can be aware of what is happening inside your body, not just the external changes that you can see. As you practice longer and take the practice deeper you can feel the muscles softening and the bones of your spine lengthening. To do this you have to become aware of the inside.
The best thing about Svaroopa(r) Yoga is that you will get these changes either way. Whether it is your first class and you are just following the instructions not really sure what is happening or you are a deeper student with the ability to track these changes on the outside and inside.
picture courtesy of Svaroopa(R) Vidya Ashram