What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Well if you remember that Vinyasa just means “breath linked with movement” then you know all you need to know about this fantastic and versatile form of yoga.
Vinyasa is a very popular form of Yoga which can be great for beginners and more advanced yogis. Some places call it flow yoga and it is influenced by ashtanga yoga. The pace can vary and there is no one particular sequence that teachers follow so it’s very varied! Postures are strung together in a short or longer flow.
What is an actual vinyasa though? Ever heard your teacher say ‘and we’ll just do a quick vinyasa’.. When used as a noun it describes a series of poses that are done as part of a sun salutation sequence. It is acceptable to skip this part though and wait for the class in a childs pose or downward dog.
Still not sure it’s for you? Here are 7 reasons to show you otherwise:
1. You stay focused
As you are constantly moving from posture to posture and never spending too long in each one there is no time to think, no time to worry. Your entire being is focused on going with the flow.
2. You use your breath well
Each movement is synchronised to a breath. The breath is given an important role, acting as an anchor to move you from one pose to the next. You learn when to inhale and exhale and because of this you use your breath in a great way, breathing properly and fully.
3. It’s so varied
Each class will be different. Every teacher has their own flow, there are no set routines and sequences often change in each class. So you’ll always be learning something new as well as going over your favourite poses.
4. It gives you cardio
Classes flow from one pose to the next without stopping which means you come away with a good workout as well as a lovely yoga experience.
5. Perfect for beginners
It’s great for someone new to yoga as it’s always changing so you’ll learn lots quickly and you’re not in poses long enough to perhaps feel uncomfortable. And there is always the option to take a breath, skip a vinyasa and take it at your own pace too.
6. Pushes you to your limits
As well as being great for newbies it is challenging for more experience yogis too. You are able to try new things and practise more familiar poses building up strength and flexibility.
7. It’s great fun!
Come and try it to see for yourself!