I’m starting to see the phrase “vinyasa yoga” pop up in my social feeds more and more. As a vinyasa yoga practitioner and certified instructor, I am asked often what vinyasa means and how is it different from other yogic traditions. So here I will answer three of the most common questions I here.
1. What is Vinyasa yoga?
Vinyasa translates to “to place in a special way” and, depending on which teacher you speak to, was born from either the Ashtanga tradition brought to us by Pattabhi Jois or it was developed out of the Hatha tradition of yoga.
It is generally agreed that the style is a somewhat relaxed version of the stringent ashtanga six series.
What does that mean to someone who is new to yoga? It means in vinyasa yoga you will experience traditional yoga that is new and fresh in every class or lesson. It more adaptable to newer students than ashtanga but can be challenging in a way that hatha isn’t.
2. What are the benefits of a Vinyasa yoga practice?
The benefits of a vinyasa practice range from the physical to the mental to the emotional. It, of course, challenges the body, heating and detoxifying it. It increases bone density and improves heart health. It calms the mind and reduces stress. It improves sleep habits and brings more focus during the day. These are just a few of the benefits you will receive when you begin a vinyasa yoga practice.
3. Where can you find a Vinyasa yoga class?
Most cities have multiple yoga studios that offer a variety of yoga styles, with vinyasa a common offering. Sometimes it will be listed as “Yoga Flow” or something along those lines, because the Sanskrit word, “vinyasa” can be intimidating unless you’ve read this article!
In Independence, Kansas, I offer Vinyasa classes at my studio. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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Thanks for reading, and as always, Namaste.