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What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa Yoga Classes are offered at our studio in Delray Beach – But what exactly is Vinyasa?

Vinyasa yoga, literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection” in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The focus on breathing is a vital component because the movement from pose to pose is transitioned on your next inhale or exhale.

What To Expect

This form of yoga allows for a lot of variety in how it is practiced, but you could expect some movement, sun salutations, possibly some soft chanting, and a slower pace. The popularity of this style comes from its diversity in how it is practiced as there is no singular sequence or rules that must be followed. Because of this, there is room for individuality and person style to suit your preferences. You may need to try multiple teachers or classes to find a class that aligns with what sort of movements you enjoy doing, but there’s many options available so there is a Vinyasa for everyone!

Health Benefits

  • Strength Training
    Vinyasa yoga assists with building lean muscle mass throughout the body by engaging different muscles through the various sequence of poses, such as arm balances, back bends, and inversions that utilize body resistance without placing undue stress on your muscles. All muscle groups receive equal attention, creating balanced strength throughout the entire body.
  • Flexibility
    As with most types of yoga, Vinyasa’s variety of poses allows for many opportunities to practice increasing your flexibility and balance. The continual flowing movements of vinyasa yoga help stretch and elongate your muscles while they are being strengthened, allowing you greater mobility and range of motion.
  • Breathing
    Vinyasa yoga forces you to focus on your breathing for 60 to 90 minutes. The vinyasa breathing method of ujjayi pranayama helps calm and quiet the brain, while kapalabhati pranayama can help purify your brain and body.
  • Physiological
    Vinyasa yoga can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, it can help detoxify the body so functions, systems and organs operate more efficiently. It also can balance your metabolic system, helping you sleep better and aiding in weight loss.
  • Stress
    Mindfully moving through the continual flowing poses during a vinyasa class can help alleviate the static thoughts that may be running through your head. Focusing on the inhale and exhale of your breath results in a positive, calming effect on your central nervous system.

Styles Of Vinyasa Include:

    • Anusara
    • Ashtanga
    • Bikram / Hot Yoga
    • Forrest
    • Jivamukti
    • Moksha

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Stop by our studio or check our schedule page to try a Vinyasa Yoga class in Delray Beach!