Came across a great post about Vinyasa yoga… Thought I’d share an excerpt! Read the full blog at DoYouYoga
Movement: Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” It’s a series of poses that move through the power of our inhalations and exhalations.
Vinyasa movements are smooth, and as we flow using our breath as our guide, the practice becomes almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow Yoga.
Vinyasa has both physical and mental benefits. Physically, sweat releases toxins and re-energizes our bodies. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes the chatter of the mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout our bodies.
Music: The merging of yoga with music has led to some of the most transcendent yoga experiences of my life. The vibration of sound influences the emotions; when emotions enter the heart, the rate of our vibration shifts, helping to open our entire being.
Experiencing music during yoga class has expanded my knowledge of ethereal sounds from Deva Primal and Snatam Kaur to the chants of Krishna Das, while flowing to the sacred sounds of Bob Marley has also served as a powerful current for a transformative flow.
Music can be a truly sacred part of yoga practice. Vinyasa Flow has helped me to understand the benefits of chants and words outside the body and how they penetrate more deeply within the body during our practice.
Share your Vinyasa experiences in the comments!