Every Monday & Wednesday 8:00pm
with Maria and Peter
What is Vinyasa?
It's a meditation in motion.
Vinyasa yoga is a very subtle, beautiful, introspective practice, and the physical exercise is only one of the benefits.
The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses for example. In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next.
Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog) commonly used throughout a vinyasa class.
Throughout our "Vinyasa Yoga class" we are practicing a soft and steady Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath), noticing how the inhalations can create space and openness (especially in the chest) and how the exhalations tend to anchor and lift the lower belly. Observe how each of the poses builds on the pose that came before it.
It's appropriate to focus on stretching and strengthening in the beginning of a vinyasa yoga practice. Once your muscles are open, the practice turns toward the joints. And once the joints are open, you can access the organs. Vinyasa yoga has so much to do with improving circulation and alleviating congestion in the organs.
One technique of Meditation is focusing the mind, and vinyasa yoga focuses the mind because it gives you something to focus your mind on. It’s a dynamic meditation. Whether it’s the breath, the movement, the bandhas, or the asanas, there’s a very strong mental component to a vinyasa yoga practice.
In vinyasa yoga, the breathing is through the nose.
For each movement, there is a breath.
For example, if you're lifting your arm, you don’t take two breaths to lift your arm. The rate of the breath and the rate of the movement needs to be synchronized, so it’s a slow, even, smooth, inhalation and a slow, concentrated lifting of the arms. You stay focused by going with the flow.