• What is Vinyasa Yoga?

    What is Vinyasa Yoga

    Vinyasa Yoga is a subset of hatha yoga that is distinguished by its fluid transitions and movement through a series of carefully planned poses. The literal translation of vinyasa is “to place in a special way.” Each teacher may interpret vinyasa in their own way, but you can count on coordinating your breath with fluid movement. Some popular vinyasa teachers include Sadie Nardini, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, and Mark Stephens.

    Vinyasa Yoga Overview

    Fitness & Sweat
    80%
    Flexibility
    80%
    Strength & Balance
    80%
    Mind & Spirituality
    50%
    Flow
    100%
    Overall difficulty
    80%

    Vinyasa classes are often categorized by level, typically beginner, intermediate, advanced, or numbered levels 1, 2, or 3. The difficulty of the class depends on your own experience, strength, and flexibility. You may be in great shape, but that doesn’t mean you are ready to skip to Level 3. Each level creates a foundation for the next level’s work on breath and poses. If you jump ahead, you won’t be fully prepared for the experience. I suggest starting with beginner classes and consulting with your teacher about when you’re ready to move up a level.

    Purpose Of Vinyasa Yoga

    The purpose of vinyasa yoga is to use the breath to align the body and mind. You’ll develop a stronger mind-body connection and grow in strength and flexibility. It’s also fun and a great way to build community with your classmates.

    Benefits Of Vinyasa Yoga

    The most visible benefits are the strength and flexibility that you’ll gain from doing poses. Because of the concentration on breathing, your lungs will get stronger. Even if you’re in a non-spiritual class, the focus on the breath and the physicality of the practice will result in a more mindful, peaceful attitude off the mat.

    Is Vinyasa Yoga For Me?

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    Do you appreciate rhythmic movement? Do you want to sweat? If you’re prone to injury, the frequent movement between poses may not work for you. Vinyasa can move quickly but it’s still a meditative practice. If you’re looking for a good balance between physical effort and introspection, vinyasa is for you.

  • Rachel Mack
    Rachel Mack fell in love with yoga during her years as an MFA student in Creative Writing. She earned her teacher certfication from Yoga Works in 2010. Since then she has been teaching and practicing in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a contributing writer for www.Teachasana.com, an online resource and community for yoga teachers.
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