September 16, 2013

Vijay Kumar

What Is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa yoga is a discipline that utilizes postures and breathing techniques. This form of yoga offers a range of health benefits to those who practice it, as it encompasses all areas of mind, body and spirit.

If you’ve tried conventional Yoga practices and found them too slow, you probably need Vinyasa Yoga. This is because you are, without any reason, losing out on the wonders of Yoga. Vinyasa Yoga is so fast it can make the practitioner’s head spin. The word Vinyasa stands for breath-synchronized movement. Meaning to say, here the guru instructs the pupil how to proceed from pose to pose on an inhalation or an exhalation.

Vinyasa Flow began as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by a Yogi named Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya. He was given a place to teach yoga and eventually taught a young boy named Parrabhi Jois his learnings on the power of breathing. Jois then established an institute for practicing the specific form of Vinyasa yoga.

Like all styles of yoga, Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes your body. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body.

This method: 
sometimes also referred to as Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow owing to the smooth way that the poses flow one into the other, like a dance – is fast catching up as one of the most popular forms of Yoga in the West. The Sun Salutation sequence is the basic and simplest example of Vinyasa Yoga. In every sequence of vinyasa yoga poses, all movements are performed on an inhale or an exhale. So, in a manner of speaking Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of Yoga classes.

This style still facilitates loads of variety. Then again, it will – more often than not – include the Sun Salutation sequence. Vinyasa yoga classes have a lot of movement, not merely stretching. Whether, the sessions are conducted slow or fast, whether they include mantra incantation or not, depends largely upon the teacher. Some very popular Yoga styles, like Ashtanga and Power Yoga employ the Vinyasa technique. However they tend to be listed on a class schedule by their specific names.

When used as a noun, Vinyasa expresses a series of three poses performed as part of a sequence. When your Yoga instructor tells you to go through the Vinyasa at your own pace, he or she is telling you to perform the Phalahnk asana, Chaturanga asana, and Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Vinyasa’s strength lies in its variety. No one philosophy, rulebook, or series tell it all. Hence there is lots of scope for individual personalities and idiosyncrasies to figure in. all the more reason why you should find a Yoga instructor you can relate to.
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