Last week we discovered Hatha Yoga and became familiar with the 8 Limbs of Yoga! Since Hatha is a type of Yoga practiced by most students who are just beginning their practice, we will now evolve our journey with Vinyasa Yoga. Read on to compare how Hatha and Vinyasa are different from one another as well as their similarities.
Breakdown Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa– Vin– in a special way Nyasa- to place
Origin– 200 B.C.
Vinyasa Yoga is a practice with a faster tempo which requires the student to understand the postures and their proper alignment. Vinyasa flow, a common name at studios, is excellent for building strength while creating fluidity within the way our bodies are supposed to move, freely, without limitations. Seems similar to Hatha, but Hatha Yoga is slower concentrating on the breath while holding each pose whereas Vinyasa is about creating fluid movement.
Sun Salutation Example:
Inhale – Arms up
Exhale – Forward Fold
Inhale – Table Top Spine
Exhale – Hop or step to plank
Inhale then exhale – Chaturanga
Inhale – upward facing dog
Exhale – Downward Dog
Inhale then exhale – hop or step to Forward Fold
Inhale – table top
Exhale – forward fold
Inhale – arms up
Exhale – hands to prayer
The Vinyasa Practice: Today, our lives have become sedentary. We work from a computer, at a desk, and have terribly long commutes. Since this aspect of life isn’t going to change, we can create a habit to balance out our sedentary lifestyle. Yoga of any sort is an excellent way to begin breaking up the pattern of working in a seated posture. With Yoga, we create a movement that affects our systems of the body, allowing them to work more efficiently. An example is our digestive system. Imagine our intestines like the freeways we drive on daily. If there is an accident (Example: unable to digest; stuck) then our intestines take a hit and cannot function to properly eliminate. This “accident” can cause a ripple effect within our body that stalls the elimination process or Vinyasa flow of traffic.
My Opinion: If you are ready to evolve your practice or up for something new, then give Vinyasa a go! Personally, I have never done a full Vinyasa class. It IS on my to-do list in the future. There are some indications to take note of when considering attending a Vinyasa Flow class. Make sure you discuss any medical issues or injuries where this type of Yoga is not appropriate for you.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog. My hope is this will guide you on your way to bringing a personal yoga practice into your routine.
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