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What is Vinyasa Yoga?
- Creative sequencing of poses
- Focuses on building heat, stamina
Vinyasa Yoga is an umbrella term with many different styles falling underneath it, similar to Hatha Yoga. This style, however, is faster-paced than Hatha Yoga.
A challenging, powerful style of yoga, Vinyasa Yoga challenges the practitioner with a faster flow or sequence, sometimes moving as quickly as one breath per movement. The sequence is fairly rapid fire, making for a heat-building, often sweaty practice that many practitioners value for cardio benefits.
More about Vinyasa Yoga
In Sanskrit, Vinyasa means “to place in a special way.” In our Western culture, this has become a creative sequence of poses, one flowing into the next, often practiced like a cardio or aerobic workout. Sequences can be extremely creative, and practitioners have come to enjoy this practice because typically no two classes are exactly alike. Yogi’s also love Vinyasa Yoga because it builds strength, endurance, balance and flexibility.
I have also heard the word “Vinyasa” used to describe Chaturanga Dandasana, or the transition from High Plank to Low Plank, which then moves into Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana), then Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). This movement sequence is a classic part of the Sun Salutation Series (Surya Namaskar) used in Vinyasa Yoga, and is very challenging. Transitioning from a high plank to low plank and then into Upward Dog and Downward Dog requires exceptional upper body and core strength, and often practitioners will need to modify this transition in order to build up the strength required to do the full Chaturanga Dandasana.
Good Vinyasa Yoga teachers will begin a class more slowly, giving alignment cues to help set students up for success, rather than beginning the class moving quickly. Expert teachers will also be wary of cuing their students in group classes to do more challenging poses such as headstand (Shirshasana) or plough pose (Halasana) to help their students avoid injuries.
Unfortunately injuries from yoga have become a very real problem, especially in faster Flow, Active, Power or Vinyasa Yoga classes. Since practitioners have to move so quickly from one pose to the next, it is difficult to focus on alignment and modifications – especially in group classes. Many beginning yogi’s have not had the expert attention needed to learn the poses before moving into a faster flow, and are more susceptible to injury.
This is one of the main reasons why I opened Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy, so that I can teach alignment and modifications for each pose based on my client’s body. Everyone is so unique that cuing general alignment in a faster Vinyasa Yoga class can be challenging. What works for one person may not work for the next.
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If you’re interested in learning alignment in poses to take with you to your general Vinyasa, Flow, Active or Power Yoga class, I can help.
If you want to build strength, balance, flexibility and get a cardio workout in without injury, I would love to teach you a yoga class designed just for you. I look forward to helping you!
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Vancouver, WA 98684
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Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy is conveniently located off I-205 and Mill Plain and serves all of the Clark County, Washington area including Vancouver, Washougal, Camas, Felida, Salmon Creek, Ridgefield, Battle Ground, Hockinson and La Center.The second exit after the NB I-205 bridge, Yoga Mojo is also quick and easy to get to from Portland, Oregon.