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What is Vinyasa Flow Yoga?

Friday, April 16th, 2010

By Macy Robbins

Yoga is a complete package of spiritual and physical postures. It was originated in India, way back in 3300 BC. Anthropologists have uncovered statues portraying figures in yoga style postures.

Yoga is referred to as a form of exercise that presents a wide range of benefits to those who practice it by improving flexibility, stamina, providing strength and cleansing mind and the body.

Yoga also helps in increasing circulation of blood and reducing stress and fatigue levels thus providing relaxation, bringing together mind, body, and spirit.

There are numerous yoga postures and depending on your age, flexibility and stamina you can choose from them. One of such yoga form is Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

What is it all about?

Vinyasa simply means Breath Synchronized Movement. It is a broad level term that covers a wide variety of yoga classes. While practicing this yoga the instructor instructs you to change from 1 posture to another on an inhale or an exhale, thus it is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow Yoga or just ‘Flow’ for the reason of the soft technique of doing the different yoga postures.

An example of simple Vinyasa is a ‘Cat-Cow Stretch’. In this posture, your spine is arched on an inhale and is rounded on an exhale. Example for a complex Vinyasa is ‘A Sun Salutation’. In this posture each movement in the series is done on an inhale or an exhale.

Seeing the variety of health benefits of practicing yoga, more and more people are switching on to it.

From celebrities to the common man everyone wants to do yoga to remain healthy and to stay away from common illnesses like arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid problems. Vinyasa flow yoga is all about strength in its diversity, so just try it out to feel the difference within you.

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