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What is Vinyasa Yoga?

“The Sanskrit word Vinyasa comes from a prefix vi, which means variation, and a suffix, nyasa, which means ‘within prescribed parameters.’” 

The term Vinyasa is derived from nyasa, meaning “to place,” and vi, meaning “in a special way.”  This indicates that we are not “throwing our bodies around” but are bringing consciousness to each movement in each moment.

Vinyasa is a '‘sequence of consciousness,’ or how life unfolds from…the creative pulse of life.”


Vinyasa Yoga can be described as movement linked with breath. It’s a dynamic practice that’s often more playful than other styles and we love it for its ability to lift the heart rate and help a person slip into a moving meditation that benefits the body and mind.


Vinyasa is a style of yoga where poses are strung together to form one fluid sequence of movement. You may have tried or will try Iyengar and Hatha yoga, but when you found Vinyasa, you will see that it's a whole new, wonderful world.


Vinyasa means to move with the breath, which is essentially the core of a Vinyasa class. Often called flow yoga, Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga with a focus on transitions and movements, with less time spent in stationary poses. Vinyasa is often considered a fast and physically challenging practice, it can also be soft and gentle. Moving with the breath can also mean slowing down your transitions with deep inhales and slow exhalations.

As opposed to other styles of yoga-like Iyengar or Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow classes do not have a set sequence or a certain amount or type of poses to get through. No two classes are ever the same, and often the sequences are creative and playful. 


But also we have to say that it's not easy, if you want yo get your dream body, mind, and soul you have to work hard.


We try to show you all the main benefits of Vinyasa yoga.


1) Strength Training


Yoga of this kind helps you build resistance in the body as your stress and work out the muscles while you practice the backbends, arm balances, inversions, and standing poses. Vinyasa Yoga is extremely beneficial as a lean muscle mass builder as it gives equal attention to all the muscle groups. This creates a balanced strength throughout.


2) Flexibility


The modern period's lifestyles lead to stiff muscles, which is very uncomfortable and also makes it difficult to move. As you start the Vinyasa flow, continuous movements help you stretch each muscle and strengthen it simultaneously. This increases your range of motion and mobility. Also, since your breath is in sync with the movement, fresh oxygen fuels and loosens up all the muscles.


3) Stress Relief


Vinyasa Yoga is said to work at the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, thus helping to connect the mind to the body. A research review, published in the International Journal of Yoga in 2011, concluded that engaging in yoga on a regular basis reduces stress, improves sleep, treats addiction, and quells anxiety. Vinyasa is especially effective in using mental focus and breath as you move through the poses and forget your cares and worries. Instead of focusing on a deadline at work, what you need on your next trip to the grocery store, a hurtful comment made by someone close to you, for 60 minutes, you will be entirely focused on the movements, pose sequences, and your breath.  Perhaps that’s why Vinyasa is described as a type of moving meditation. It calms your mind and trains your body to mitigate stress.


4) Cardiovascular Benefits


Vinyasa Yoga is a fast-paced practice as compared to the other forms of Hatha Yoga. It gives your body a cardio workout. Many postures require you to support your body against the force of gravity, which uses up lots of energy. This also works on many muscle groups, and the building of muscles results in the burning of calories. The link between the breath and the movement increases your heart rate. There is a whole lot of heat generated in the body, which, in turn, results in the burning of calories. It is said that in a fast-paced one-hour Vinyasa class, you can lose up to 450 calories.


5) Detoxification


The heat created in the body while you practice cleans the thick, impure blood and makes it thinner. This helps improve blood circulation throughout the body. Even as you breathe in and out, you eliminate toxins through your breath, thus inducing a total body detox.

With regular practice, you will notice that you get less tired and feel more energized and alive throughout the day. 6) Proper Breathing

When you practice Vinyasa, you are forced to concentrate on your breathing for the duration of your session. This means that you practice with full awareness. The Ujjayi method of breathing, which the Vinyasa Flow adopts, not only allows you to fill your lungs with oxygen to its full potential but also removes toxins. The breathing calms your mind and also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and high blood pressure. Your organs are healed, and they begin to work to their full potential. Metabolism is regulated. You sleep better and lose weight.


7) Vinyasa Yoga is fun and joyful


f you find yourself having fun in life people will look at you with suspicion.  But many of us got into yoga because it felt so good to move.  It was fun.  And I would argue that’s critical because if it’s just working all the time and no play then we’ll stop practicing.

A multitude of yoga text citations tells us to practice repeatedly for that’s when you get the benefits of yoga.  And if having fun in yoga allows us all to practice more consistently then I’m a proponent.

And here’s a secret.  This is the point of both Vinyasa and life—to engage in it for the joy of it. 


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