Vinyasa yoga is all about movement. This yoga style is often known as flow yoga or vinyasa flow, due to its poses that move seamlessly from one to the next using the breath. It takes its name from the word ‘nyasa’, which means ‘to place’ and ‘vi’, which means ‘in a special way’. The flowing nature of this yoga style essentially means moving the body in a special way. Each class is unique, with sequences designed to help you move with your breath, inhaling and exhaling.
A common characteristic of this style of yoga is the inclusion of the vinyasa flow sequence, often at the end of a phase of poses, to bring the body back into equilibrium. This sequence flows from Chaturanga to Baby Cobra or Upward-Facing Dog and then to Downward-Facing Dog. Other common sequences practiced in vinyasa include Sun Salutations A, B, and C from Ashtanga yoga. Vinyasa yoga is all about fluidity and change, just as constant change is an inherent part of life.
Why Practice Vinyasa Yoga?
This style offers a number of benefits. Some of the top reasons to give vinyasa yoga a try include the following:
It is always varied
If you are looking for a dynamic form of yoga that is never the same during any two classes, vinyasa is a great choice. Each class is completely different, focusing on different parts of the body and uplifting you in new ways. Teachers will often plan unique classes that mix up sequences and poses, resulting in a class that is always varied and never dull. This also helps the body adapt and strengthen from top to toe, with a fluidity that helps muscles and joints.
It is beginner-friendly
This style is surprisingly great for beginners. Most classes include variations that help you work at your own pace. It is a fun way to start your yoga journey, learning about breathwork and teaching your body how to move with your breath. As classes are fun and varied, you will be able to challenge yourself in a way that is light-hearted and joyful, moving your body the way it was designed to move.
It is a good workout
Thanks to its continuous flow, vinyasa yoga is an excellent way to get your heart rate up while working up a sweat. Resting poses are active, flowing into more rigorous poses that continue to pump blood throughout your body. Each class works the entire body, leaving you feeling recharged and revitalised after your class.
House of Yoga offers classes for all levels, from our Yoga for Absolute Beginners class to our dynamic Yoga for the Morning and Yoga for the Evening classes. Book your spot to experience the magic of vinyasa yoga for yourself.