What is Vinyasa yoga?
Vinyasa yoga is a form of yoga that moves energetically through a sequence of postures, breathing exercises and deep relaxation techniques. You learn to move fluidly within the postures while becoming aware of the flow and effect of the breath. This dynamic practice loosens the muscles and helps the body to stretch deeper into poses as a result.
What happens in a class?
A Vinyasa yoga class starts out with a sequence of sun salutes and then moves to a challenging mix of poses to deeply stretch the muscles and strengthen the body. Each class is different and uses varied sequences of movement including standing poses, arm balances, backbends, forward bends and twists.
Classes wind down with a series of cooling and calming stretches and a deep relaxation to finish.
The pace of a Vinyasa yoga class varies greatly. Some are fast and vigourous, others move slowly and gently through the postures. Sequences vary every week and many people enjoy the creativity and variety these classes offer.
What can Vinyasa yoga offer me?
- Great cross-training system with low impact movement, aerobic and muscle toning benefits
- Increased flexibility and longer, leaner muscles
- Cleanses and detoxifies the body through deep breathing and internal heat
- Regular practice results in a leaner and more sculpted body shape
- Increased self esteem and bodily awareness
- Focuses the mind and improves mental clarity
- Higher energy levels
- Helps to alleviate symptoms of stress
- Deep breathing enables complete relaxation and promotes sound sleep
Is it right for me?
Vinyasa yoga is suitable for all ages and levels and poses can be adapted to suit whatever stage you are at. Even if you have never practiced yoga before, the sequences are easy to follow and suitable adjustments are given to help you in class.
If you’re new, just set some limits in class and work on modified versions of the poses. Feel free to skip things take a break and just focus on your breath.
An 8-week course is a great start to really begin to understand and learn the various postures and your body’s relationship to them. At that point you will feel yourself “flowing” from movement to movement and you will develop strength, endurance and mental focus over time.