Intermediate Flow (Vinyasa)
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- Vinyasa is often called flow yoga. Like a moving meditation, thisstyle of yoga is performed by linking together several postures and movements in relation to the breath. This creates a flowing sequence that invokes a feeling of connection through seamless transitions.
- The word vinyasa in Sanskrit means “to place in a certain way”. This conveys that the practice is not just about how to hold a specific posture. It emphasizes the journey there—how you arrive and also how you leave the posture. There is a logical unfolding to the journey, to bring consciousness to each movement and moment.
- Vinyasa yoga is also a way to understand the ephemeral and ever-changing nature of existence. When you practice vinyasa, you stay in a posture for only a short while—some for half a breath or up to 5 breaths—and then you leave it.
- The concept of vinyasa is also known as vinyasa krama. Vinyasa krama means a step-by-step progression toward your goal. The goal of the practice would be a peak pose, with the sequences leading up to it safely and effectively preparing the body for something more difficult.
- It is a way of working from the simple to the complex and back down to the simple. You can think of it as like climbing a mountain. Going up to find the highest peak is not ever without its challenges, and there is always something to learn along the way.
- Some methods, such as the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, follow a set sequence. Ashtanga is a vigorous system designed to heat, cleanse, stretch, and tone the entire body in a prescribed manner. As this method contains many difficult postures and new poses are not taught until previous ones are mastered, vinyasa separated itself to make the flowing style of yoga more accessible and less rigid in the teachings.