In Vinyasa Yoga breath and movement are joined, creating a steady rhythm. It is a very physical and active form of yoga focusing on sun salutations, standing and seated positions, backbends and arm balances coordinated with inhalations and exhalations.
In Vinyasa yoga, the emphasis is placed not just on the poses themselves, but the transitions into and out of each posture. Also, poses are not held for long, as there is considerably more movement that in Hatha yoga or Yin yoga.
Vinyasa is the most “cardio” of yoga styles. It gets the heart pumping and the body sweating, relieving stress and anxiety while reducing blood pressure and levels of cortisol.
Frequently Asked Questions
Vinyasa is a great class for beginners because it allows you to experience a wide range of poses. Each movement is synchronized to your breath, so it’s also a great way to begin to understand the practice of breath work.
Vinyasa Yoga requires the body to be consistently active in the work, which can challenge the strength and endurance of practitioners at all levels. Like any yoga work, you’ll find your body and mind is strengthening with every practice and you will build toward your physical stamina with Vinyasa Yoga. You are encouraged to move at your own pace as Vinyasa is less focused on finding the precise accuracy of every pose, and more focused on finding your own flow and pace that feels right for you on that given day of practice.
Vinyasa, commonly referred to as “flow yoga,” is a more fast-paced practice that warms up the body by making it work. This class involves the continuous movement of the body through an intentional sequence of poses that flow together, hence the name, while leveraging the breath throughout. Given that the inherent style of Vinyasa allows for so many poses, it gives each teacher a range of options for constructing the class both in terms of types of poses and the order of those poses. You will find that classes can differ from teacher to teacher due to this.
Since these classes are centered on continuous movement, your mind must stay focused to move from pose to pose. You will find yourself having to stay present throughout the class, distracting you from other thoughts that may typically be on the mind. For many, this distraction and ability to stay focused is a form of meditation that allows them to feel more clear following class.
Vinyasa is great for when you feel you have more energy to give and are looking to get more of a sweat out of your class. The continuous movements can act as a cardio workout that increases stamina and overall health, while also building flexibility and strength.