This Yoga workout will relax you like never before. You’ll twist, stretch and hold all kinds of unfamiliar positions, but you’ll leave feeling energized, invigorated, and maybe even a little enlightened.
Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement," and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa yoga movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow.
Vinyasa Flow yoga began as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by a Yogi named Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya. He was given a place to teach yoga and eventually taught a young boy named Parrabhi Jois his learnings on the power of breathing. Jois then established an institute for practicing the specific form of Vinyasa yoga.
This style of Yoga requires your mind to stay focused in the present to be able to keep up. Focusing keeps you from drifting off and helps you to be present in your body rather than stuck in your head.
Emotionally, it steadies the mind through focus on the breath. You will feel focused and calm.
On a spiritual level, this yoga practice is a moving meditation. Yoga opens you up to this moment, which is all there is and which is the doorway to experience truth and real happiness.
Good for beginners?
Absolutely! A Vinyasa yoga class is both a great place to start and to continue challenging yourself. If you don't love Vinyasa Yoga after your first class, try other teachers as one class can vary significantly from the next. If you like to focus on the power of breathing and flowing movement through poses, you will enjoy the Vinyasa yoga style.
What to wear
Vinyasa yoga involves a lot of movement, so wear something you are comfortable in to flow from one pose to another. You will likely be working up a sweat so wear something breathable and moisture-wicking.
What to bring
Bring a yoga mat (don't worry if you don't have one), a towel, and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
What to expect
Expect to move and breathe smoothly from one pose to another. Your class will most likely include Sun Salutations. Vinyasa yoga is almost like a dance with synchronized breath and movements; the style and sequence will vary depending on the teacher, so try a few different intructors to find a flow that fulfills what you desire in your practice.
Who can practice?
Vinyasa Flow Yoga brought yoga into the gyms and is suited for everyone and are considered the most popular yoga. The classes in Pretoria are based around building core strength in the bones and joints. The aim is to build a harmonious balance of strength and flexibility, Yin and Yang, in every part of the body.