Vinyasa Yoga: Have you heard about this? Are you aware that this is one of the most popular yoga forms that is practised in the world? Let’s dive deep into how we can connect each of our actions and movements with each other on the mat and in our lives.

What exactly is Vinyasa yoga?

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word derived from ‘vi’ meaning variations and ‘nyasa’ meaning within prescribed parameters. It is about how seamlessly you move from one posture to another with your breath. It is also commonly referred to as ‘flow yoga’ as you flow from one posture to another and connect your actions together while you breathe. Vinyasa is characterised as a flow of different asanas together with controlled breathing. The entire purpose of Vinyasa yoga is that it will help you to create an awareness that will help you to link each and every action with proper and controlled breathing. It is how smoothly you perform your transition from one posture to another without any interruptions.

So should you really practise vinyasa yoga? The following are the benefits of the same:

  • This form of yoga can help you to keep your body active and flexible. The smooth transition of asanas that you perform with controlled breathing will ensure that you keep going. 
  • It can be an excellent way to lose weight if it is performed correctly and with a properly balanced diet. It is very important to have the movements linked with your breathing and only then can you get maximum results from vinyasa yoga.
  • It can also help you to feel fresh and active by reducing your stress and anxiety. It can be considered as a great way to calm your mind and thus feeling relaxed.
  • The research and studies have shown that if performed correctly and in the right form, vinyasa yoga can help in toning our muscles and body. 
  • When you perform vinyasa yoga, it generates heat which will help in creating a cardiovascular component. This is generally not generated in other yoga forms/ asanas.

The following are 4 vinyasa asanas you can perform to understand more about yoga, smooth movements and controlled breath in vinyasa yoga:

Mountain Pose

Tadasana, also known as the mountain pose works excellent to improve the posture and if performed correctly can help you to reduce back pain. It also helps in strengthening the knees, thighs, butt, ankles and abdomen.

Downward Dog

Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana, also known as the Bridge pose, works excellently on glutes. Apart from glutes, it works amazingly for thyroid as well as weight loss. Some other benefits of this pose are that it improves muscle tone, digestion, regulates hormones and thyroid levels. Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana helps in strengthening the back muscles and improves back pain. 

Plank pose

As simple as it looks, Chaturangadasana also known as the plank pose is the best way to strengthen your core and intensify your abdominal muscles. So practice this pose to flex your abs in your selfies.

Triangle Pose

The trikonasana is also known as the Triangle pose & helps in improving digestion. It stimulates and improves blood circulation in the entire body along with helping you burn fat around the belly and waist area. So you know which pose you need to practice before attending any wedding. 

“A powerful Vinyasa practice can shake things up to the point of calming things down.” - Rusty Wells

So what are you waiting for? Let’s practise vinyasa yoga and focus on linking our breath and our movements while switching between the poses/asanas and calm our inner body down while understanding that everything is connected and interdependent. 

(Note: You can talk to your vinyasa instructor about your intensity and then gradually increase the pace as per your body. With time you will get better and keep on upgrading to your fitness levels.)

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