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Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is an ancient Yoga practice that synchronizes breath and movements. It is often called Vinyasa Flow, because the practice entails a flow of movements between postures.

The term vinyasa also refers to a specific series of movements that are frequently done between each pose in a series. This viṅyāsa ‘flow’ is a variant of Sūrya namaskāra, the Sun Salutation, and is used in other styles of yoga beside Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. A standard viṅyāsa consists (for example) of the flow from caturaṅga, or plank, to caturaṅga daṇḍāsana, or low plank, to ūrdhva mukha śvānāsana or upward-facing dog, to Adho Mukha Svanasana, or downward-facing dog.

The breathing style used in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is Ujjayi which is a relaxed diaphragmatic style of breathing, characterized by an ocean sound which resonates in the practitioner’s upper chest. Throughout a practice, this specific breathing style is maintained in alignment with movements. The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides the practitioner with a calming, mental focal point. Additionally, viṅyāsa and Ujjayi together create internal heat, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. (Source: Wikipedia)

Vinyasa Yoga can be practiced in a group class environment as well and privately.

There are countless benefits resulting from this practice. Oxygenation of the organs and muscle, spinal alignment, stamina, better concentration, increased blood flow and lower blood pressure, relief from constipation, stronger muscles, relief from joint pain,  boost in metabolism and immune systems, and so forth.

Vinyasa Yoga is one of the many treasures the world has received from the beautiful country of India.


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