What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa is the breath-synchronized movement, is a smooth transition between asanas/postures. It is also considered a “moving meditation”.
Vinyasa is about harmony and balance, grace and fluidity.
How does a class go?
Vinyasa classes offer a variety of asanas and no two classes are ever alike. Vinyasa classes could be from 60 to 90 minutes. And these are the elements of a complete class:
- initiating the Yogic process (mantras & offering)
- warming and awakening the body (Surya Namaskara, sun salutations)
- moving progressively from simple to complex postures and transitions within and across asana families (standing, core awakening, arm support, etc.)
- self exploration: “Yoga is not a practice of attaining idealized physical postures, but a process of self-exploration” -Mark Stephens
- integration: pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation & savasana (relaxation)
Do I need special props?
No, but it is recommended for both new to yoga and yoga practitioners the use of blocks and straps.
Who can practice Vinyasa?
Anyone can practice. However, if you are new in Yoga and you haven’t been exercising for a while, it may be best to start slowly. A gentle Yoga class could be appropriate in order to familiarize yourself with the flow of a Vinyasa Yoga practice and you can gradually build up your strength and endurance.