Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga that connects movement to the breath.
The Sanskrit meaning of the word Vinyasa means “to place in a special way”. Vinyasa Yoga is all about placing our attention on the breath and in the present moment. When our mind is truly present, we enter the flow state.
The flowing movement associated with the Vinyasa Yoga style is what makes it popular with many students. Rather than holding the poses for long periods, the emphasis is on dynamic movement synchronised with the breath.
This approach of one movement matched to one breath is a great way for beginners to get out of their head and into their body. We can be so caught up in our busy thoughts that we lose connection to and awareness of our body. Vinyasa Yoga helps us to bring our awareness back to our body through the synchronised movement with breath. In this way, Vinyasa Yoga becomes a dynamic meditation.
The Vinyasa style of yoga that links groups of poses together is derived from Astanga Yoga. In between sets of poses, it’s common to perform a “Vinyasa” which is a series of poses:
- Low plank /Chaturanga
- Cobra/Upward Facing Dog
- Downward Facing Dog
Go with the Flow
Vinyasa yoga helps us to access the Flow State. When we are in the Flow State, we are entirely present in the moment, in the zone. When we are in the zone, we are fully immersed in what we are doing. Movement, breath and our thoughts are all united in the Flow State.
When we are in the Flow State, the usual thoughts in our mind disappear, and we experience a brief moment where we have no thoughts. This mental state is deeply relaxing and addictive, which is why people keep coming back to vinyasa yoga day after day.
While we may start yoga to get fit or flexible, the real reason most yogis continue to practice each day is that they love the feeling of being in the Flow State. Their mind craves a break from constantly thinking and worrying. And vinyasa yoga is the easiest and most accessible way to access the Flow State.
Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga
Because Vinyasa Yoga is so dynamic, you can expect to get your heart rate up and work up a sweat. In addition to being a good form of aerobic exercise, Vinyasa Yoga will also:
- Strengthen and tone your arms, shoulders and upper back
- Strengthen your core
- Tone your legs and glutes
- Improve the flexibility in your spine, hips and legs
- Improve your balance
- Improve the quality of your breath
- Calm your mind.
Vinyasa Yoga Brisbane
Traditional yoga is so much more than fitness or flexibility. The ancient system of yoga teaches us how to use our body and breath as tools to calm our busy mind. This is why our Brisbane Yoga studio specialises in Vinyasa yoga classes. We offer three different levels of intensity so that you can practice according to your level of experience:
- Our Vinyasa Basic classes are beginner-friendly. We slow down the sequence, and we teach more basic poses so that you can slowly get the hang of moving in time with your breath.
- Our general Vinyasa Yoga classes cater to all levels. We will give you different options depending on whether you’re a beginner or not. These classes are a little faster and stronger than the Vinyasa Basics classes, but they are a great way to develop your skills.
- Our Vinyasa 2 classes are at an intermediate level. These classes are generally faster, stronger and feature more challenging yoga poses such as inversions and arm balances. We recommend that you have at least 6 months of experience before trying these classes.
Have fun and experiment
Sometimes yoga can be really serious with all the focused attention on the breath and the mind. Vinyasa Yoga is a more relaxed and fun style of yoga that still teaches us to focus and calm the mind. Vinyasa Yoga offers lots of variety and creative sequencing so you’ll never get bored in Vinyasa Yoga classes because no two classes are the same.
You will be encouraged to explore what your body can do in Vinyasa Yoga without all the seriousness and dogma. It’s ok if you stumble and fall in our Brisbane Vinyasa Yoga classes. We encourage you to move your body in ways that feel good and finding a form of exercise that you can enjoy without the competitiveness or seriousness that other forms of exercise classes have.
We don’t mind if you can’t do the poses or if you modify it. We’re more interested in how you feel on the inside instead of how the pose looks.
We offer a variety of Vinyasa Yoga classes seven days a week in our Brisbane Yoga Studio.
We can teach you how to go with the Flow.