Vinyasa Yoga Chiang Mai
Vinyasa yoga translated means “flow”. This style of yoga as you can imagine from the name, is a flowing style with vigorous yet fluid sequences of asana. Vinyasa teachers choreograph their classes so that each pose flows seamlessly into the next and transitions become easy and smooth.
Vinyasa yoga also works on the element of breathe and incorporates this into the flowing sequence of asana. learning to use the breathe correctly in a vinyasa practice means you will have more control and awareness of the body and its movements and you will move through the sequences with a sense of ease.
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What to expect from a Vinyasa yoga class?
although each vinyasa teacher will have their own niche approach to practice and teaching, students can expect to move through a basic warm-up to prepare the joints and muscles and spine for the practice. the warm is also often used to begin the awareness of the practice, and tune into the body and breathe for the practice ahead.
Vinyasa yoga can be vigorous flow or slow flow. so depending on the class, you will taken through a lovely flowing asana sequence standing, seated and lying down, with a large focus on breathe and fluid like moments in either a slow or vigorous pace.
What Does “Go Through Your Vinyasa” Mean?
When Vinyasa is used as a noun, it describes a series of three poses that are done as part of a sun salutation sequence.
When the teacher says, “flow through your vinyasa at your own pace,” he or she: means do plank, chaturanga, and upward facing dog (or their equivalent variations) using your breath to guide you through to the next pose. If you start to get tired and this affects the quality of your poses, it’s always acceptable to skip the vinyasa and wait for the class in downward facing dog or childs pose.
Is Vinyasa Yoga for You?
Vinyasa’s appeal is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, set of rules, or prerequisite sequence that teachers must follow, so there is a lot of room for expression of personalities and quirks to come through. This makes it essential that you find a teacher you can relate to and enjoy. If your first flow class doesn’t knock your socks off, keep trying different teachers. If you enjoy having things a little loose and unpredictable and like to keep moving, this style is surely worth a try.
The Sun Salutation
Sun salutations are an important part of any flow or vinyasa style yoga class. You may not even realize you are doing them, but many teachers use them to warm-up at the beginning of class or even base long sequences or sometime whole classes around them. If you learn this sequence, it will really help you with your self practice, since one of the biggest obstacles to doing yoga on your own is figuring out what to do when you first get on your mat. Sun salutations are one of the more obvious answer.
The breath is an extremely important part of this sequence. Each movement from one pose to the next is always done in conjunction with either an inhale or exhale of the breath. You can control the pace of the sequence by altering the number of breaths in each pose, just make sure to always move to the next pose on the correct breath, either an inhale or an exhale.
History of the Sun Salutation
The full history of the sequence is still unknown, but it is likely that it was developed in the new era of yoga, during which time asana was influenced strongly by gymnastics along with other types of exercise.