Just a few days ago I wrote about Vinyasa’s subset yoga: Hatha Yoga. In fact, Vinyasa Yoga is a pre-determined sequence of poses that is distinguished for its dynamic transitions & movements (seen for example in the Sun Salutation). By definition Vinyasa actually means “to place in a special way”.
As just explained, Vinyasa yoga is predefined and encompasses four main parts: The opening series with 10 Sun Salutations followed by several standing asanas; One of the six “main” sequences, which can be beginners, intermediate, or advanced level; A back-bending series, And the finish sequence (inverted asanas). A sequence will always end with savasana (corpse pose).
The biggest and most visual benefits include mind alignment & flexibility. Even in a non-spiritual class, the fact that you must concentrate on your breathing and physicality of the practice means that your lungs with strengthen and your mind will be able to focus more.
Is it for me?
Although Vinyasa Yoga stays a meditative practice, it still requires movement and dynamism. If you’re a person who likes to show you’ve done some exercise through sweat and tempo, this one’s definitely for you. For others who prefer a more relaxing, calm environment, maybe try Hatha Yoga.
In the mean time, enjoy your yoga classes and good luck!
Yogi Hugs from Yogamasti
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