Yoga is known as an early method to get enlightenment, and some may think that yoga is reserved for the new-era hippies or the Buddhists among us. Yet we understand now that Yoga is becoming vibrant health and widely acknowledged as among the best instruments to create personal change and has fully translated into our modern world. Anyone and everyone can do it. With roots that were early its has now grown to totally embrace our modern times, becoming more unique with each individual creating their own path in yoga and accommodating.
Vinyasa is a close cousin of Ashtanga; Ashtanga being a more strenuous practise, as postures are held for the Sun Salutations and longer combined with the primary string make for a longer work out. First and foremost the most important things is that the very meaning of the word IS the practise. This a ‘Sanskrit’ word, which means it can have many meanings that are different, but its meaning is, ‘to move with breath’, that is the essential core of vinyasa yoga. As mentioned previously this style is an evolution from Ashtanga and was created by a Yogi named Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya. He developed the sequence of linking motions used between positions, and working with different positions rather than the usual set routine. The magic lies in the concentration of synchronisation between movement and breath. He then passed on his teachings to some son called Parrabhi Jois, who created an institute of his own for practicing this new form of yoga. Vinyasa yoga was born!
THE YOGA ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
The changes between poses are not as unimportant as the bearings, or’ asana’s’ themselves. What you should be experiencing is what it feels like to be in a pose. The way you move in and out of postures is all part of the meditative nature of the amazing kind of yoga, and focus should be paid to how you feel when you are doing this. Softness, affording and validation are perfect words to accompany your motions. This will create a warm, caring feeling towards yourself, and the attitude will not only soak into muscle tissue and sinews, but will propagate to your own mind, and you will maybe see where more caring is required in other areas of your life, as you develop more open to the new energy that is blossom within you. Part of yoga is keeping your mental and physical equilibrium whilst confronting a position that is challenging, for example, feeling annoyance or impatience with yourself while trying a position that is new could be a symptom of your mental approach to learning new things. Food for thought! This learning is something that used to make sense of your personal mental and physical evolution, and can readily be interpreted into your day to day understanding of yourself in different environments.
LET’s GET ACTUAL – WHAT CAN THIS DO FOR ME?
Vinyasa is a more flexible kind of yoga, one that enables you accommodate and to be more creative poses as you feel needed. It’s absolutely different in the respect that it’s in no way precise and the movements reflect one’s heart of this design. To flow, where you are wanted go, let breath and your body be your guide. There aren’t any set sequences but the thing to remember is that each pose builds on the preceding one. This allows the body to open, be receptive and aware that when the time comes for one to attempt a more ambitious bearing you may have the strength or suppleness to perform the movement without injury or resistance. The Vinyasas link your moves together, and not only they keep the body warm, giving you greater suppleness, with less stress or strain.
The mental benefits of the yoga are excellent for Alpha Software folks, those of you that are always ‘on’, driven or are perfectionists. Mixing breath, move and keeping a pleasant consistent tempo with your movements instruct one to stay in the minute, so you’re conditioning yourself to stay ‘with’ your body. Being present is the only way to carry out the moves. You may find without effort which you will manage to end up in a meditative state rather naturally, with the fluid motion. That is the advantage of allowing the body and mind to combine synergistically. The flowing Dancing style of Vinyasa should be dynamic enough to allow you to feel like you’re really working.
To balance your practise it’s worth considering practising Yoga Nidra, which is a form of deep, guided relaxation/meditation using a sankalpa (resolve or objective) after your vinyasa workout. This will help deepen your practise and allow you to really soak up the benefits of relaxation, an aid to entirely de-stress!
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WITH VINYASA?
It’s very simple. Breathing, coordinated with your inter-locking vinyasa moves. This uncomplicated practise will take you. Deep, routine, even breathing will the mind, allowing for greater focus with the body. Each movement is started on an inhale which also allows to be created, and warmth of the body prevents injury, while helping one to perform deeper reaches.
Let the music move you…
As with everything Yoga, after you have learnt the linking movement of the vinyasa, the basic postures, you decide if music brings greater advantages with its use, and works for you. Anyone who practises the vinyasa’s will tell you, yes, it is possible to use music to deepen your practise, all the better to associate mind, although yoga is practised in quiet – whilst tuning into your sense of tempo, time and sensuality.
As you lose all significant focus on the breath music isn’t very well thought of in the yoga world. But on those days when you just do not feel like doing your practise and the will is gone, putting on an audio CD with some great beats could be all you need to lift your mood and get your groove on with vinyasa.
FALL IN LOVE WITH VINYASA
Those of you with a love of dancing could well fall in love. The feelings that can arise when are much the same as when lost in dance. There is a playful element to this, and as always you are letting your body be your guide, so if you’re practising and you really feel like letting go, music could be an useful catalyst to really get you into the nature of the flow and turn your practise into something deeper, and tap into your creative, feminine energy.
Vinyasa can really become a dance, and with practise you’ll discover a greater connection and ease within yourself that will air through the remainder of your life.