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
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?
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.