WHAT IS VINYASA YOGA?
The word vinyasa comes from the root Sanskrit term 'nyasa', meaning 'to place'. 'Vi' indicates to do so in a particular or precise way. A modern interpretation of vinyasa yoga can be to move with precision and intention.
The yoga practice is dynamic - moving in harmony with the breath, flowing the body through an intelligently designed series of asanas (poses). Each builds on the last to take us deeper into the practice. The ultimate objective is to reach samadhi, higher spiritual consciousness, but this might take a lifetime to achieve. The busy London yogi can expect to calm the chitta vritta of the mind, the insignificant chatter, so we can think more clearly; to open the body so prana, our life-force energy, can flow more readily; and smooth the breath, so it becomes more fluid, unhurried, detoxifying and pure.
Whether practicing a fast solar sequence that builds heat in the body, or a cooling, steady lunar flow, vinyasa yoga is empowering, dynamic, energising and creative. Practiced regularly, you will build strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater concentration, focus and compassion.
Everyone can practice vinyasa yoga. Start where you are, work with what you have, and surprise yourself with what you accomplish.