Vinyasa Yoga: Overview, History, and Benefits

Overview

Vinyasa yoga denotes a wide range of yoga classes, and it is the most popular offering in India. The Sanskrit word “Vinyasa”  comes from a prefix vi, which means variation, and a suffix “Nyasa” which means ‘within prescribed parameters’.  vinyasa means “to place in a special way”.  Each movement is a slow but sure progression from one to the next. The movement is alignment and linked with the breath so that you move with each inhales and exhales. Vinyasa-style yoga classes are ones where there is a dynamic flow from posture to posture.

Vinyasa Yoga connects one posture to the next using the breath.  This can be thought of as linking into postures which is sometimes why it’s called “Flow Yoga”.  The contradictory of this would be an alignment based class where students involve with a posture, discover it for a period of time and then “break the posture” by coming out.

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History 

In the 19th century, vinyasa flow yoga developed as an offshoot of ashtanga yoga, which is more controlled and methodical. Vinyasa yoga incorporates the postures taught in Ashtanga yoga but does not mandate they be performed in the exact same order.

What to expect from Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa yoga allows for plenty of analysis, but your average class will likely include plenty of sun salutation warrior movements. Expect movement between the poses, and not just to hold stretches. Depending on the teacher, the speed of the class may vary. Power yoga is a form of vinyasa yoga, but expect the classes to move at a much faster speed. Some vinyasa flow classes are taught in heated studios.

Though there are many different types of yoga, Vinyasa Yoga is by far the most popular form in Rishikesh, India at Shiva Tattva Yoga School. Vinyasa is moving with your breath. The movements can be slow or dynamic and challenge depending on the class. Our one yoga studios in Rishikesh, India offer a variety of yoga classes including Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course  i.e  Shiva Tattva Yoga School. We welcome experienced yoga students and beginner yoga students in all of our classes.

We have our Yoga Style: It includes all Levels of  Vinyasa Yoga, Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga, Dynamic Flow Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Fusion, Restorative Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga. When you find the right style and teacher, you’ll be able to create a steady practice. Once you’ve proven a routine, you’ll be able to experience the many benefits of a regular yoga practice.

“Practice once a week and you will change your mind. Then three times a week and you will change your body. If you will do every day and you can change your life!”

New Students

At your first class, make sure to arrive in comfortable clothing a few minutes early. Let the teacher know if you have any concerns or need modifications before class and we will do everything possible to accommodate you. We recommend you bring a water and a towel if you are trying hot yoga!

The classes we recommend for beginner yoga students include Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Foundations. Whether you are looking to safely navigate through your first chaturanga, or you don’t even know what chaturanga is, this class is for you! This class is perfect for the brand new student or an experienced practitioner looking to brush up on their basics. We will cover alignment of poses, sun salutation basics, and breath work. This is a class where it is safe to ask questions and learn how to own your practice!

Benefits 

Both the mind and body benefit from practicing vinyasa yoga. Benefits like Offers Strength Training, Improves Flexibility, Relieves Stress, Inculcates Proper Breathing, Gives You Cardiovascular Benefits,  Detoxification. The constant flow of vinyasa yoga helps bring oxygen to all parts of the body and improve mobility by stretching and elongating muscles.

What You Must Keep In Mind

Vinyasa Yoga is a great form of a workout. It truly helps your body maximize its potential. Even though its many benefits, Vinyasa Yoga alone isn’t enough to help you lose weight if that is your goal.

 

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