Vinyasa Flow Yoga Technique
What is Vinyasa flow Yoga?
Vinyasa flow Yoga is a style of Yoga that combines techniques from a number of other Yoga styles and is used to refer to various Yoga techniques. This style comes from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, who was a Yoga master and teacher to many other great practitioners of Yoga like Indra Devi, Sri K Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar.
The term Vinyasa means breath synchronized movement. This style focuses on the same, achieving a synchronization between breathing and body movements. It also refers to flow because the Asanas (Postures) are done in a smooth flowing style, almost similar to a dance.
The techniques of this style have been included in a number of traditional and classical Yoga styles like Kundalini Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, as well as some modern styles like Power Yoga, Anusara Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga.
Technique of Vinyasa flow Yoga
This is a difficult style and requires lot of practice and concentration to be able to perform it well. This is because it requires the individual to be able to synchronize body movements along with breathing.
It includes some simple as well as complex Asanas. There are many sets of Asanas done together in continuity. Simple Asanas are those like the Cat-Cow pose as well as forward and backward bending exercises. The most complex Asana set is the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation). It is a set of multiple Asanas that are done in continuity, one flowing into the other. It is sometimes done with chantings of the different names of the Sun God, as also with a set style and pattern of breathing, including inhalation, exhalation and holding of the breath after each.
Along with specifications of breathing patterns, it also gives specifications for postures. Each posture has to be performed a certain way. This is done to avoid injuries while learning or practising.
Is Vinyasa flow Yoga beneficial?
This technique has no specific book or text to follow. Practitioners bring their own styles into this form due to which there is a lot of variety in this form. Because of this, different teachers of Vinyasa Yoga will have different styles of teaching and performing Asanas. You can try some of these styles before you can decide which one you like the most and would want to follow.
This style makes Yoga enjoyable as the individual is free to choose variations of the form as well as experiment with the style to suit individual needs. It is especially for those who enjoy variety and a dynamic style of exercising.
Basic Postures of Vinyasa Yoga
The following are some basic yogic postures of vinyasa yoga.
- Facing Downwards
Stand straight with legs apart. Now bend down yourself with your hands resting on the ground. Now raise your spine upwards so that you form an anterior arc. Make sure that you are not bending your legs. Do not allow your head to touch the ground.
- Plank Pose
Plank pose seems to be very simple but gives little pain to arms. Just lie down on the ground completely facing towards the ground. Now place your palms on the floor and then slightly raise yourself in the plank position with your toes resting on the floor.
- Bend Down Posture
Lie down on the floor facing towards ground. Now rest yourself on the ground by placing your palms and legs on the ground. Slightly raise your abdomen high with your chin placed on the floor.
- Half Bent yogic Posture( Cobra )
This seems to be little easier compared to the other yogic postures. Lie down on the floor with your face facing. Rest your palms on the floor slightly raise your head upwards with rest of your body on the floor.
- Downward Posture
This is quite similar to facing downwards posture. This is known as downwards posture.
- Plank Pose
Plank pose is repeated soon after downward posture. Do this posture for at least 2 to 3 repeats.
- Chaturanga Dandasana
Rest yourself completely down and slightly start raising your body by placing your palms and toes on the floor. Make sure that you raise your body at least 2 inches high from the floor.
- Upward Facing
This is similar to plank pose but you might have to slight change a few things. In this yogic posture you might have to raise your upper body that is, up till your abdomen with the rest of the body placed on the floor. Make sure that your elbows are not bent while doing this posture.