Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga that emphasizes synchronicity of movement with breath. Also called Vinyasa Flow, or simply Flow yoga, this style is not just about learning to perform the poses – it’s also equally important that you maintain fluid motion, with each movement exactly timed to correspond with every inhale and exhale.
Vinyasa Flow is a style that is generally more concerned with movement and breath, as opposed to fitness-based approaches that focus on stretching and muscle-toning. There is a lot of room for variety in Vinyasa yoga in that these classes don’t typically follow set sequences of poses, although almost all will require you to learn the Sun Salutations.
Who Can Do Vinyasa Yoga
First-timers will greatly benefit from doing Vinyasa because it teaches the importance of maintaining steady breathing patterns as you transition from one asana to another. However, if you haven’t worked out in a while and have certain physical conditions that may restrict your movement and flexibility, we recommend starting out with a slower and “simpler” style such as Restorative yoga.
Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga
Aside from the general benefits you get from yoga (such as increased flexibility and improved posture and circulation), Vinyasa yoga is also known for its mental and spiritual effects. The steady flow of movement helps calm the mind and reduce stress. The emphasis on proper and steady breathing will also help in coping with respiratory ailments, as well as improving your metabolism.
What You Need to Know
“Vinyasa” is an umbrella term in yoga, with many derivative styles of practice such as Kundalini, Jivamukti, Bikram, and Anusara yoga. If you are interested in learning Vinyasa, make sure you sign up for the specific style you want – be it Vinyasa Flow, or the faster-paced, more physically challenging styles like Ashtanga or Power yoga.