Vinyasa yoga in Sanskrit means breath synchronized movement. Each yoga pose taken will have one breath cycle of inspiration combined with expiration before flowing into the next posture. It’s considered a form of strength training yoga, and a class usually is about 60-90 minutes in duration.
How it Works
It works through the combination of breath with flow of physical movement to create internal heat in the body which will assist in the elimination of toxins through the skin as well as strengthen muscles. Depending upon the class there may be a meditation incorporated into the practice.
This type of yoga is beneficial in helping one to gain flexibility as well as increase physical endurance, while the breathing techniques will help to center and calm the mind.
As this form of yoga is very faced paced and combined with a lot of movement, you may want to consider an alternative yoga practice to achieve your health goals if you have any physical injuries or limitations. This type of yoga is considered a strength training form of yoga, and can be intensive.
This type of yoga is a fast paced flowing movement practice which will greatly increase physical endurance and strength. A regular practice will help you to become stronger and more centered. Check with your doctor first if you have any physical limitations or pain prior to starting this practice.
- The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami
- Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar