Vinyasa is a word that means “to arrange something in a special way.”
Thus, in a Vinyasa yoga class, you will learn how to orchestrate yoga poses in a beautiful, flowing and continuing sequence. You will also learn how to breathe gracefully.
Some people equate Vinyasa yoga to calisthenics or workout because those practicing it tend to sweat a lot.
Vinyasa yoga involves introspection and subtle and intelligent movements. It enables you to look inwardly, get to know yourself more deeply, and love yourself more.
Ashtanga, Baptiste Yoga, Jivamukti, Power Yoga and Prana Flow could all be considered variations of Vinyasa Yoga.
The benefits of Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa yoga has a lot to do with improving circulation and making internal organs function well.
To achieve this, first, you should focus on stretching to open up your muscles and joints.
Once open, you can access and invigorate the organs and continue working on making them function better.
Practicing Vinyasa Yoga comes with a lot of benefits, including:
- Cardiovascular system. Practicing Vinyasa Yoga helps achieve a stronger and healthier heart in the same way walking does. It also helps burn calories. A one-hour session can help a 150-pound woman burn up to 495 calories. To achieve this, you must continuously be flowing through various poses during the session. If you intend to rest using a Child’s Pose, you may do so, but do not stay in that pose for too long.
- Strength and endurance. Vinyasa Yoga can have the same result of a rigorous workout that helps strengthen muscles and boost your endurance. It can also help achieve muscle definition, especially in the arms by doing Sun Salutations that involve a push-up-like move called Chaturanga.
Crescent Lunges, Warriors and balancing postures challenge the lungs, helping with better air circulation that will boost mental and physical endurance. In many cases, Vinyasa yoga can replace a traditional strengthening workout.
- Detoxification. Our body is designed to eliminate waste through proper circulation and digestion. Vinyasa Yoga, coupled with a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water, helps flush out toxins from your body. Twisting enables blood to flow into the organs such as liver, gallbladder, intestines, stomachs and spleen, flushing ‘dirty’ blood out and letting new, clean blood in. With regular practice, and by staying away from vices such as smoking and excessive alcohol drinking, you will feel a renewed vitality.
- Helps in balancing hormones. Hormonal imbalance can result in serious illnesses that require long-term intervention. Thyroid disorder is a common example. Some poses in Vinyasa Yoga, such as the cow-face with eagle arm pose, can calibrate the thyroid and help overcome hormonal imbalance.
- Weight loss. Vinyasa yoga, which can also be described as meditation in motion, is an effective way to lose unwanted weight and maintain your desired weight.
With each move and breath requiring mental and physical focus and exertion, you will find that regular sessions of Vinyasa Yoga will help you burn calories, achieve muscle definition, feel renewed vitality by cleansing organs, and give you an over-all feeling of wellness.
Is Vinyasa Yoga suitable for yogis just starting out?
Because Vinyasa Yoga is an intelligent sequence of several yoga poses, some yoga experience is needed.
For starters, an experience in Hatha Yoga is helpful to achieve balance in executing yoga sequence. Ha, meaning sun, and Tha, meaning moon, indicates the yoga of balance. It also important for you to be fit to practice Vinyasa Yoga.
What to expect when you join your first Vinyasa Yoga class
On your first Vinyasa Yoga class, you can expect some intense routines, a challenging workout, and a more advanced yoga sequence. But this depends on both your experience and your teacher’s intensity in handling the class.
How to find the best Vinyasa yoga class in Singapore for first timers
If you are looking for the best Vinyasa Yoga class in Singapore, check for the following:
- Modern & clean facilities. Is the yoga class being held in a conducive space where you can focus, perform, and achieve your poses? Are yoga props provided? Check for modern, clean and complete facilities that will help you achieve your desired outcomes from attending the class.
- Experienced Yoga Teacher. Your success in yoga is directly influenced by how experienced your yoga teacher is. Read reviews before signing up for a class.
- Is the yoga class newbie–friendly? Anyone, from child to the elderly, should be able to experience the many benefits of practising yoga. It’s never too early nor too late to start.
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