Bhavana is a Sanskrit word for imagination. It's a contemplative word that refers to power of the mind to imagine feelings and experiences, which then develop into actions that influence an individual's life path. Bhavana is more than an idea. It is the intentional cultivation of an idea, the insights that come from that cultivation, and the emotional feelings that arise and spur the individual to develop a step-by-step plan toward manifestation of their vision. Bhavana is the spark that inspires action.
Longtime yoga teachers and practitioners, Arielle Silver and Darby Orr, created Bhavana Flow Yoga inspired by their years of yoga practice, their deep study of the philosophy, their lifelong work as musicians and writers, and their guidance for others' in their quests toward meaningful work and joy.
Bhavana Flow Yoga is style of Yoga that incorporates a flowing physical asana practice in conjunction with self-awareness and visualization.
Q: Is yoga right for me?
Yoga is rooted in philosophy, and many of the practices are absolutely accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ableness, limitations, or fitness level. We create an environment of inclusivity in our classes and encourage our students to approach Yoga as a practice of compassionate self-care.
Many of the classes that we teach are based in the vinyasa flow tradition, which is physical exercise, combined with other yogic practices like breath work, meditation, and self-observation. Yes, it can be challenging but it's the "open your heart, find your tights spots ( physically and mentally ), and embrace your willingness to evolve" kind of challenge.
Please read this, as well as the individual class descriptions (above) in order to determine if a particular class is right for you.
Q: I'm not flexible. Can I do yoga?
Through the yoga practice, you may find an increase in flexibility, as well as strength, and balance. Just as you do not have to know how to play piano in order to begin piano lessons, you do not have to be naturally flexible to practice yoga. Yoga has been described as the practice between the poses, meaning how we choose to practice is just as important as the flexibility we attain.
Q: I'm a beginner. What class should I take?
If you are an absolute beginner, please consider booking a Stretch with Darby class or setting up a personal coaching session with Arielle or Darby. This is a great way to begin your journey into the self-awareness of your body and spirit.
Q: Do you have non-physical yoga classes?
Meditation is the oldest, and some say deepest, form of yoga. It is often practiced in a seated position on a cushion or in a chair. Though the physical aspect of meditation is minimal, it is a deeply transformational practice. In class, we will set a focus for the session and explore different meditation approaches to support your personal intention for the day.
Q: I don't live in Los Angeles. Are your classes on Zoom or in person?
At present, all of our classes are via Zoom and accessible regardless of geographic location. Please note the time zone when signing up for class.
Q: When's your next Create & Flow retreat?
At present we do not know when our next retreat will be. We deeply miss these wonderful transformational gatherings and as soon as it is deemed safe, we'll host more retreats. Make sure you're connected with us here or via social media so you can be the first to know when the retreats are available. They sell out quickly.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
We do not offer refunds onpurchased classes, coaching, or workshops.
Q: What type of equipment do I need?
We always recommend having a yoga mat, 2 blocks, a strap, and a blanket for each class. These do not have to be expensive props. In fact, we've used beach towels in place of a blanket and two belts fastened together in place of a strap.
If you would like to purchase some props, we recommend Hugger Mugger 4" foam blocks (with stripe) because they're sturdy and last forever.
What constitutes the perfect yoga mat is very subjective. We now typically use Manduka mats, but have practiced yoga many times without any mat at all -- on grass, concrete, wooden decks, asphalt, sand, and carpet. That said, we do NOT recommend foam workout pads, because they may slip under your feet.
Q: You're both musicians. Where can I find your music?
How nice of you to ask. You can find Arielle's music here and Darby's music here.