Jumping into the yoga world can be a bit of a wild ride. You just want to move and feel a bit better, but how the hell do you choose between classes? Ashtanga? Iyengar? Hatha? Vinyasa? What!?
We get it. From our perspective, it kinda feels like the whole yoga thing has been distilled into cool shapes and really REALLY expensive outfits by social media and Nike adverts, when actually yoga is an entire solar system that can often take a lifetime to explore. But when you show up you’re not expecting such a lot of stuff. Well, hopefully we can help you navigate this awesome practice.
What is vinyasa yoga? Put *really* simply, vinyasa is a yoga practice that links breath and movement. Try it now: inhale grow tall, exhale slump down. Yoga linked with breath can be as simple as that, or more dynamic and fluid with bigger poses and movement. That in itself is a beautiful part of the vinyasa yoga practice.
But isn’t it more than that?
We think so. More than just mindlessly moving as you breathe, vinyasa is about EMBODIED movement. It’s about feeling your way from inflation (inhale) to deflation (exhale) and being aware of how these breaths affect the poses and transitions your teacher is guiding you through. We’re not just going through the motions in a vinyasa class (or, actually in ANY yoga class – a conversation for another time), but really understanding what it’s like to link breath, body and mind (and yes, it’s a challenge at first but this, as they say, is the practice).
It’s a fluid yoga practice
Unlike the strict sequence of an Ashtanga yoga class (where the poses are basically the same and in the same order each time), a vinyasa class can almost be anything. Strong, fluid, slow, quick; it can be a strong workout, or help you find some space in your head (or both!). There’s no set agenda or rules, no particular poses associated with a vinyasa yoga class so it’ll probably be a different experience each time, and with a kick-ass soundtrack, it’s one of The Yoga Revolution’s favourite ways to get down (dog).
What are the benefits of vinyasa yoga?
There are so many. Here are some of our favourites:
- Cardiovascular health
- Less stress
- Easier digestion
- Better circulation
- Increased lung capacity
- Tying shoes gets easier
- Getting out of bed in a morning is easier
- Putting up with your mother-in-law is easier
- And you’ll get a more joyful outlook on life (at least when you practice with The Yoga Revolution…)
How do I get started?
Our Couch To Yogi beginner’s course is a perfect introduction to our light-hearted vinyasa yoga style or, if you’re more familiar and feel like jumping into live classes, we run live vinyasa yoga classes almost every day of the week and have nearly 200 classes in our library. Check out the timetable here.
Got questions? We’d love to hear them. Shoot us an email: email@example.com