Heated Vinyasa Flow

Dancer's Pose

Dancer's Pose

Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga styles. The word Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement. In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.

A Cat-Cow Stretch is an example of a very simple Vinyasa, because the spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A Sun Salutation sequence is an example of a more complex Vinyasa. Each movement in the series is done on an inhalation or an exhalation.

What To Expect From a Vinyasa Class. This style allows for a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include Sun Salutations. If your yoga class schedule lists a Vinyasa class, expect movement, not just stretching. The asana practice ranges from slow flowing to fast aerobic, developing stamina and flexibility.

Why do we heat the yoga studio?  Some may refer to this as ‘HOT YOGA’ but we like to call it ‘WARM YOGA.’  The room is gently heated to 85-90 degrees in order to help detoxify your body of any harmful toxins as well as warm your muscles up for deeper stretching. This then allows the organs to function more efficiently to increase your metabolism.

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, “go through the Vinyasa on your own breath,” she means do Plank, Chaturanga Dandasana, Upward Facing Dog, and Downward Facing Dog.

Is Vinyasa Yoga for You? Vinyasa’s strength is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, rulebook, or sequence that teachers must follow, so there is a lot of room for individual personalities and quirks to come through. This makes it essential that you find a teacher you enjoy and can relate to. If your first Vinyasa class doesn’t rock your world, keep trying different teachers. If you enjoy having things a little loose and unpredictable and like to move, Vinyasa is probably right for you.