When you think of yoga in India, peace is your ultimate aim. Yoga is not limited to a few breathing exercises and some physical workout. Many yoga forms have different their benefits. But out of them the most powerful form of yoga is Vinyasa Yoga. Doing it will make your body sweat like a sauna session.
There might be ambiguities in your mind about Vinyasa Yoga, read the below points for the same.
What is Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa consists of two Sanskrit terms— Nyasa which means ‘to place’ and Vi means in a special way. In vinyasa yoga, your body moves smoothly in sync with the breath which results in creating fluid. Vinyasa is challenging for the beginners since the yoga is based on Ashtanga practice, a powerful and regimental practice in itself. When Vinyasa Yoga is performed speedily, it becomes Power Yoga.
There are many yoga school in India which teaches you to focus on inhaling and exhale while changing your postures in Vinyasa Yoga. One can consider Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Baptiste, Power Yoga and Prana Flow as Vinyasa Yoga. The term Vinyasa is used to define a specific pose sequence during this practice.
Founder of Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa yoga comes from Hatha yoga and can be traced back to 200 B.C. While Patanjali was constructing ashtanga yoga (Ashta-ang – eight-limbed discipline) which involves mental, meditation and physical conditioning. Since then many yoga-gurus have committed themselves and refined the Patanjali’s techniques to use more movement with breath.
European countries get to know about after Andre van Lysebeth visited Jois in 1964 and studied with him. He also wrote a book entitled “Pranayama.” Resultantly, the practice of Vinyasa Yoga spread in the European countries. Norman Allen a seminar where he learned teachings from Jois. Norman was an American and took this theory to the United States and promoted it.
How to Practice of Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa has some contradictions to Hatha where the focus is given on one pose at a time with rest in between. Vinyasa Yoga poses together to make a sequence. Each movement in vinyasa yoga is synchronized to a breath. Breath is a primary anchor when you change your pose.
There are many examples of vinyasa, a cat-cow stretch where the spine is arched on an inhale and changed it to round on an exhale. Surya Namaskar is a complex vinyasa example. If you want to learn Vinyasa yoga, you can join any Yoga Classes in Rishikesh.
Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga Practice
Regular practice of Vinyasa yoga has many benefits, below are some of them.
- Calming – You will feel calm while the focus on the mind during the steady cycle of exhales and inhales.
- Purification of Body – During the power yoga while change poses from one to another, these continual movements has cardiovascular benefits. Sweating and increased circulation will lead to body purification.
- Increase muscle strength & flexibility – Power yoga is nothing less than a good workout in a gym, whether you do it slowly or fast, but it will definitely increase your body’s flexibility and muscle strength.
India is home to yog-gurus (yoga teachers), and Rishikesh is the yoga capital. Join yoga retreat in Rishikesh at Yash Yoga School; it also offers Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.