What is it?
The word ‘vinyasa’ translates to mean a sequences of poses that flow from one to the other, but the term vinyasa relates back to two Sanskrit words. The first word, ‘vi’ means ‘in a special way’ whereas the second word ‘nyasa’ represents ‘to place’.
If you are looking for a practice that will make you sweat and give you energy, then this is the class for you. Vinyasa classes are so accessible that there is a huge opportunity to try classes specific to beginners or classes for the more advanced, and at a rreasonable price. It is also a style where you can practice literally anywhere, whether that’s in a studio, at home or on the beach!
The sequence of a Vinyasa class allows you to flow between asanas and can be anything from basic to advanced. Each vinyasa teacher has a unique style, and the classes will always be different!
One of the distinct characteristics of a vinyasa practice is that you flow at a faster pace than other forms of yoga. Most classes will move from one pose on an inhalation, to another on an exhalation and only hold a handful of asanas for a few breaths. This creates heat in the body, gets the heart pumping and builds strength through repetitive motions called vinyasas throughout the class. The vinyasas are a way of finishing one mini-series of poses, and preparing the body for another. Get ready to sweat through the class due to the speed, and there will probably be some music playing to keep you motivated when you start to feel a little bit tired. The classes move quickly and by the last 10-15 minutes, it’s time to cool down – this is when you’ll notice the increase in your flexibility before the final relaxation of Savasana. Time to lie down and realise that you made it to the end of the class….
Why we love it!
There is so much freedom with the movement, and it gives you a chance to really connect with your breath. During the class you choose how far you want to take your practice. There is a real community spirit and vibe.
If you’re looking for inspiration, then check out teachers like Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein to name a few.
Our top style picks for a Vinyasa Class:
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