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What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa Yoga Flow Classes are A Dancing Yogi's Saturday morning special, offered at 9 am and 11 am.

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

"Vinyasa yoga reminds me of a dance with the movements being fluid and dynamic. Each class varies in choreography but is designed to use the breath to align the body and mind during every practice. Vinyasa classes allow the space to alter the practice to fit your needs creating your unique dance."

- Michelle Pearson

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike. The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day.

As a philosophy, Vinyasa recognizes the temporary nature of things. We enter into a posture, are there for a while and then leave.

While Vinyasa, or Vinyasa-Krama, dates back to the Vedic age—the earliest period of yoga thousands of years ago—it referred to a series, or sequence of steps, like a dance, to make something sacred.

Put all this together and Vinyasa, is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us.

Vinyasa can be defined as our external movements that are an expression of how we think and feel.

Synonyms: Continuous. Seamless. Integrated. Change. Rhythm. Evolve. Cycle. Connected. Movement.

Why Vinyasa Flow Yoga?

The practice of linking breath and movement to flow through postures invites us into an expression that is sometimes missing in other forms of the practice. It the experience of being alive, connected and free.

It reminds us that everything is connected and interdependent.

Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga:

Vinyasa yoga improves energy levels while promoting relaxation and lowering stress levels. It also offers several other benefits, including:

  • builds endurance and muscle strength

  • improves stability and balance

  • light intensity cardio workout

  • helps lower stress and lower anxiety levels

  • enhances core stability

  • improves mobility and range of motion

  • keeps your heart healthy

  • calms the mind

  • boosts mood

  • grants flexibility

  • improves sleep

  • stabilizes and regulates emotions

  • increases lung capacity

  • boosts energy levels

  • increases focus and memory

  • strengthens the immune system

  • improves body image

“[Vinyasa] Flow yoga can be practiced in a vigorous, dynamic and stimulating manner and also as a soft, gentle, restorative practice." -Ganga White
“A powerful Vinyasa practice can shake things up to the point of calming things down.” -Rusty Wells

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