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Flowing With Vinyasa: The Dynamic Practice of Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa is a style of yoga that features a string of postures being conducted in series, moving from one to another seamlessly, using the power of breath. Vinyasa yoga is also referred to as ‘flow yoga’ by some teachers/studios. As a philosophy, Vinyasa recognises the temporary nature of life, you will move into a posture, hold it for a little whole, and then leave.

No two Vinyasa yoga classes are the same, different postures will be held and in different sequences, the yoga teacher has the discretion arrange the poses in their own way. This is unlike Ashtanga classes, that feature the same sequence each time.

Characteristics of Vinyasa Yoga

  • In a Vinyasa yoga class you will connect one posture to the next, by using breath. Breath is what initiates the movement in Vinyasa, for that reason it can be referred to as ‘breath-synchronised’ practice.

  • Ujjayi breath is the breathing technique used in a Vinyasa yoga class. This type of breathing involves inhaling and exhaling in a smooth, rhythmic manner, using the nose.

  • Transitions are what connect one posture to another in a Vinyasa yoga class. In Vinyasa yoga, your teacher will try to focus on the transitions just as much as the postures, as these enable a more graceful, connecting practice.

  • A Vinyasa yoga class will generate heat in your body, as such it can help with your cardiovascular health.

Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga Classes

Vinyasa yoga is great for your health. As already mentioned, Vinyasa can be a warming work up so it is great for your heart. But, furthermore, Vinyasa can reduce stress, it is accessible for many fitness levels, and it is great for protecting yourself from injury.

Research has also shown that Vinyasa yoga classes can reduce arterial stiffness that can occur with age. The health benefits don’t end there, Vinyasa yoga can also reduce the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesteral.

What to Expect From A Vinyasa Yoga Class

Vinyasa yoga classes will vary from teacher to teacher, one thing you can definitely expect is sun salutations, as these enable you to move from pose to pose. Whether the class is fast, slow, alignment orientated or more flowing, depends on the particular teacher and their style.

Want to Find Out More?

We offer Vinyasa yoga classes from our welcoming yoga studio in Beckenham. Want to book one of our classes? Just get in touch!

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