Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga, also referred to as flow yoga because of the way poses are strung together to create seamless movement from one position to another, using beath. The term Vinyasa derives from the words’ nyasa’, meaning ‘to place’ and ‘vi’, meaning ‘in a special way’. There are a few variant definitions and interpretations of this meaning, another of which, according to Shiva Rhea, is ‘sequence of consciousness’. This helps understand that Vinyasa yoga, at its core, is the way we use our body’s physical movements to express our thoughts and emotions.
The Vinyasa style of yoga is very fluid and brings consciousness, concentration, and focus on each movement. Being that this is a more flowy style of yoga rather than structured, most classes will differ from others, which allows you to explore a variety of postures each time you attend a new class. This helps to prevent repetitive motions and support a more balanced body.
One of the most beautiful things about Vinyasa yoga is its philosophy of understanding and celebrating the temporary nature of things. You move into a posture, remain there for a few moments, focus and appreciate it, and then leave.
Where Did Vinyasa Yoga Come From?
Historically, the first reference to Vinyasa dates back to the Veda period, the earliest yoga period. At this time, it was thought of as the process of making something sacred. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, an Indian yoga teacher, also referred to as the “father of modern yoga” has been credited with being the founder of Vinyasa yoga as practiced today. Rishi Vamana is another name that is also associated with the creation of modern Vinyasa yoga, the idea is to simultaneously embody the different facets of yoga (mudra, pranayama, meditation, asana, and japa).
Why Do People Love Vinyasa Yoga?
This style of yoga has become one of the world’s most popularly practiced. One of the main reasons for this is that it doesn’t initially take much time for someone to learn to teach. Of course, fine-tuning and perfecting your teaching of Vinyasa will take time. While other forms of yoga require 4+ years of study and completion of either mentorship or graduation from a certified training program, Vinyasa teachers are usually only required to complete a 200-hour training program and have two years of teaching experience. Since the teaching training program is much less demanding, many yoga teachers study and teach this form, which helps contribute to popularity.
Vinyasa yoga is a solid aerobic workout. It allows you to be active and makes you sweat. Sun salutations are a fundamental part of Vinyasa and when done repetitively, gets your blood pumping. Many people equate better workouts by breaking a sweat. While this may not technically be true, it can be more personally fulfilling.
Vinyasa yoga combines breathing with movement and helps evoke feelings of being connected to your body and mind, being free, and most importantly, being alive. This style of yoga begins at child’s pose and moves through to death’s pose, representing the experience of an entire lifetime. The practice of Vinyasa allows you to connect with the flow of life, moving from pose to pose, concentrating on appreciating each stage or posture, then moving forward and progressing through the life cycle. It’s a cathartic process that offers mental clarity and promotes physical wellbeing.
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Are you interested in balancing your mind and body? Do you want to find calm through fluid movement? Are you merely curious about yoga and looking for a relaxed style, to begin with? If you’re in or near the Houston area in Texas, be sure to check out our class schedule and give us a call to try Vinyasa with us!