Everyone remembers starting out on their Yoga journey; looking around the class from under your shoulder in a downward dog to make sure that you were blending in with everyone else’s asana. There are so many nuances to Yoga, and finding the right style for you can make all the difference. Here at KAYA, our
Melbourne yoga studios offer a range of styles, so let’s dive a little deeper into what defines Vinyasa.
The word ‘Vinyasa’, Sanskrit for ‘to place in a special way’, has slightly evolved to it’s more modern meaning, which many people claim to be ‘movement with breath’. While this accurately describes the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, the word has actually been around much longer than Yoga as we know it. It’s latest use, in Yoga, has launched it into the vocabulary of millions, where it’s common meaning still explains the mindfulness and purpose of actions and movements.
Vinyasa Yoga is an iconic style, and can be identified by the long continuous movements which are in sync with the breath. This seamless stream of movement and breath is where you’ll notice flowing Sun Salutations, and movements timed to inhalation and exhalation. While each movement doesn’t last long, the transition in and out of them is equally as important, requiring strength, balance, and flexibility. The pace of a Vinyasa class is usually quicker than other styles, such as Hatha, and the physicality of Vinyasa has given rise to modern styles of Yoga, referred to as ‘power flow’.
Vinyasa was first recognised under the name Ashtanga Yoga, but has since diverged on its own path. Ashtanga is characterised by a strict set of guidelines and postures, which the Yogi learns as series and practises to perfection. Vinyasa allows for more interpretation, and classes are often unique or tailored to the day or occasion. While some sequences may remain the same, the teacher is not required to follow any routine zealously.
The KAYA Health Clubs Vinyasa classes are open for beginners, at our Melbourne Yoga studios – but prior knowledge of yoga is recommended. As the flow has a quicker pace than other styles, the poses can be difficult to become acquainted with. Come in and visit our friendly Yogi’s, and immerse yourself in the world of Vinyasa Yoga flow.