VINYASA YOGA EXPLAINED
Vinyasa yoga is some of the most active and invigorating yoga you can practice.
Vinyasa flow yoga is really best described as freestyle Ashtanga.
Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is also called Vinyasa Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
The purpose of Vinyasa is to create heat in the body, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. It also improves flexibility, which allows the student to practice advanced asanas without risk of injury.
The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
A typical VINYASA FLOW class
Done to music, Vinyasa style classes allow for a lot of variety including sun salutations.
It will involve cardio and strength-building exercises, as well as core work, a handful of asanas to increase flexibility and some fun balances.
Expect to break a sweat, expect movement and not just stretching.
The last 5-10 minutes involves relaxation (savasana).
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice for example Vinyasa.
Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga, as well as gym, running, cycling, swimming etc. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine.
As one ages flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility, something that for many don’t seem to be too concerned about until they notice it is gone.
The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation.
A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, when your energy is too erratic, your mind overactive, whether you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it.
Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
- Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Increased circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Fascial release
- Greater joint mobility
- Balance to the internal organs and improved flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation