Vinyasa Yoga, how and why?
Vinyasa Yoga and its benefits
Vinyasa is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. Inhalation is usually connected to upward, open movements, while exhalation is often tied to downward movements or twists.
Vinyasa Yoga can be a challenging, sweaty practice! The steady and continuous flow of postures, together with the breathing, build internal heat, which can help to detoxify your body. Vinyasa Yoga also has an athletic, strength-building approach and helps to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health, and increase bone density. It will also help to reduce stress, stay focused and improve your sleep.
Vinyasa is like meditation in movement: the constant and continual awareness of the breath while moving through the poses, calms your mind and increases focus. The challenges that you are facing on the mat will also help you face challenges off the mat. Therefore, Vinyasa Yoga can help you gain self confidence and teach you how to deal with other parts of your life off the mat that aren’t always so easy…..
History of Vinyasa Yoga
This popular, flowing style of yoga developed as a sort of “free-form” offshoot of the more methodical Ashtanga Yoga system. Ashtanga Yoga is a powerful and dynamic style of yoga developed in the 20th century by the guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga incorporates the sequence of linked poses called a vinyasa, but where Ashtanga has a strict structure and precise set of rules, Vinyasa Yoga is creative and exploratory.