"Vinyasa” can be translated as 'linking' breath with motion in a continuous flow. Vinyasa refers to the belief that nothing is static, there is always movement and with movement comes change.
In Hatha yoga, we move our body slowly and deliberately into different poses that challenge our strength and flexibility, while at the same time focusing on breathing and mindfulness. In Vinyasa yoga we move from one pose directly into the next, creating a dynamic flow. Since more physical exercise is involved, we can burn an average of 550 calories for an hour long vinyasa class.
1) endurance and strength - build muscle strength while improving our fitness;
2) stability and balance;
3) cardio workout - fast-paced movements and physical challenge;
4) muscle development;
5) lower stress, less anxiety.
Vinyasa poses are usually linked together with Sun Salutations, which include Chaturangas and a push-up like motion that builds strength in the upper body. Combine this with repeated visits to Crescent Lunge, Warrior I and II and Boat pose, is how the intensity of the practice increases. Very important as well is every movement to be connected with control breathing. It's completely suitable for beginners, the only adjustment is the speed of the flow, in the beginning slower pace allows us time for save alignment and to synchronise breathing with movement.
"You move with your breath from pose to pose and rarely hold postures for any length of time until the end of class. This flow offers strength, flexibility, concentration, breath work, and often some form of meditation, which makes it a great starting point for beginners." (Wood). In positive psychology, a flow state, is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
The birthplace of vinyasa can be dated back to the Vedic age (1500 – 500 BC), where Sun Salutations (Namaskaras) first were described in the Rig Veda (the oldest collection of Hindu scripts). Yet the style of Vinyasa yoga practiced by many students and taught by yoga schools today, is different, quite young in yoga history.
Enjoy the flow !
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