We previously discussed the overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga, as well as listed down the many different schools of yoga popular today. We already started with the strength-building Ashtanga Yoga, and now we’re going to talk about Vinyasa Yoga, which is also known as Flow Yoga.
What is Vinyasa?
The word Vinyasa roughly translates from Sanskrit to “connection”, but has been known in the yoga circles as "breath-synchronized movement,” as it is known for its connection to movement and breathing. It is composed of a series of poses that will move the practitioner through the power of breathing, of inhaling and exhaling. This school’s movements are smoothly flowing, almost like a dance, which is why it is sometimes called Vinyasa Flow or just Flow Yoga.
Vinyasa Flow began as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by a Yogi named Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya. He was given a place to teach yoga and eventually taught a young boy named Parrabhi Jois his learnings on the power of breathing. Jois then established an institute for practicing the specific form of Vinyasa yoga.
Vinyasa’s strength and what makes it popular is its diversity. Unlike other stricter yoga schools like Ashtanga, there is no single philosophy, rulebook, or sequence that teachers and students must follow in Vinyasa. This gives a lot of room for individual personalities and quirks to manifest. On the downside, it is important that practitioners find a teacher they enjoy and can relate to. But overall, Vinyasa is a good style of yoga for people who feel restricted or bored by specific sets of movements.
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While the style allows for variety, Vinyasa always includes what’s known as sun salutations. A sun salutation is a sequence of moves done in time with an inhalation or an exhalation. It often includes a “vinyasa”, which is a series of three poses done as part of the sun salutation sequence. This includes the plank, the chaturanga, and an upward facing dog, using the breath to measure when to move to the next pose.
The Vinyasa school is all about the movement. Expect lots of movement and not just the stretching. Classes can be fast or slow, can be dependent on alignment or inversions, and so on, depending on the teacher.
What are its benefits?
It will challenge your muscles and joints, but what it will challenge the most are your lungs and heart, as you use them to make the flow go smoother with proper breathing. Physically, Vinyasa will make you sweat, which expels toxins. The constant breathing and increase in heart rate re-energizes your body.
And of course, strengthening the muscles, bones, and joints. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body. Spiritually, Vinyasa helps realign your chakras, as well as awaken it if it has not been before. Depending on your teacher and the class, certain classes will target the different chakras with specific poses.
If you want a freeflowing, unrestricted yoga experience that’s different with every class Vinyasa is for you. Try Vinyasa yoga out as soon as you can with your friends! This binaural beats track for yoga practice can help you get started with it.
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