You may be familiar with Vinyasa Yoga and know it as the ‘Sun Salutation’ posture sequence. It is influenced by Ashtanga Yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, which is said to date back to 200BC. However, like all other yoga styles, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga originated from Hatha Yoga.

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing sequence of postures combined with breathing techniques, to help train the mind and body to progress to a meditative state. Today, Vinyasa Yoga is popularly known as a more dynamic style of yoga posture sequencing, designed to warm the body gradually. It is sometimes described as the “breathing system” or the union of breath and movement that make up the sequence. The length of one inhale and one exhale indicates the length of time spent transitioning between postures. Attention is placed more on the breath and the journey between postures, rather than solely on achieving perfect alignments, like Iyengar Yoga or Hatha Yoga. A relaxed diaphragmatic breathing style is adopted, which resonates as a “so” and “ha” sound in the throat called ‘ujjayi’. Another key principle of Vinyasa Yoga is the ‘bandha’, or muscle contraction that is performed in three main areas of the body. The first is ‘Mula Bandha’, which is performed by tightening the muscles around the pelvis and perineum area. The second is ‘Uddiyana Bandha’ which is achieved by drawing the navel in towards the spine and slightly upwards, thus contracting the muscles of the lower abdominal area. The third main area is ‘Jalandhara Bandha’, which involves lowering the chin and raising the sternum towards one each other, and bringing the eye focus to the tip of the nose.

How does Vinyasa Yoga help?

Vinyasa brings a creative element and rhythm to it that can help the mind focus. Other benefits may include improved heart rate variability and/or cardiovascular health, as well as increased circulation and sweat production leading to purification of the body. While it can be quite an enjoyable experience to engage in more challenging movements, it’s still important to give adequate attention to alignment and linking of the postures, to ensure postures are practiced in a safe and sustainable way, minimizing the risk of injury. At Breathe Holistic Health, our small group Vinyasa Yoga classes will leave you feeling both energized and relaxed. We cater to all levels and spend more time breaking down the postures before flowing through the class. This provides you with a broader understanding of how your body moves and responds to each posture and breath. Our Vinyasa Yoga classes are an opportunity to build strength and mobility in a safe and functional manner. Delivered in an intimate setting with no more than 6 people per class, you’ll experience a highly personalized approach to help you practice in a way that is safe and sustainable. At Breathe Holistic Health our teachers take time with each person catering the class to their individual level and needs. All yoga classes are booked and paid for in advance to ensure you do not miss out. BOOK ONLINE via our website or CALL (07) 5679 5593 to secure your spot!