It’s easy to enter a whole world of confusion trying to understand each yoga type. The style of yoga that has kept on coming up in our most recent yoga classes has been Vinyasa Yoga or Flow Yoga. So this is for all our yoga stretchy friends and family.
Vinyasa is all about continuous movement — and most importantly, matching that movement with breathing. Practicing Vinyasa regularly should eventually enable you to match each movement with a breath in — or out. Vinyasa yoga offers much diversity. The pace can vary and there is no one particular sequence that instructors must follow. In fact, the name vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that translates as “variations within parameters.” The focus is on movement, so that for many it ends up feeling something like dancing.
The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, flexibility and helps to reduce levels of stress. You can make it easier or harder on yourself depending on how you choose to modify, or not modify your poses.
I have found most Vinyasa classes to be appropriate for most levels, including beginners and a teacher will offer modifications for more, or less, experienced students. The beauty of this type of yoga is that it’s incredibly adaptable to your experience and available to all.
Ideally, for every few Vinyasa classes, taking a slower, more focused class that works on alignment or a 121 session is a good place to start.
You are going to get sweaty, and be moving about a fair amount, so wearing a top that is relatively snug are ideal. Clothes that wick moisture — almost any technical fabric — will be more comfortable that cotton. I always like to keep my hair in a high ponytail or topknot, because Vinyasa classes make me hot. Bring a yoga mat and a towel, and plenty of water.