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No matter which type of yoga that you chose to practice, it will provide benefits to your body, mind and soul. However, if you are looking for a yoga discipline that gives you a cardiovascular workout, you should consider vinyasa yoga. Although it has its roots in hatha yoga, and its poses are the same as hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga poses differ in that it is faster paced and postures link together in a synchronized series of movements. Furthermore, it places greater emphasis on breathing and the transition in and out of each posture. Movements are also synchronized with the breath. In general, when working on an upward movement you are inhaling, and when working on a down movement you are exhaling.
Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga Poses
Cardiovascular benefits come through the continual movement from on pose to another, which does not happen in more traditional yoga. The regular practice of this form of yoga will give you increased muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and will also reduce your level of stress. Furthermore, it offers diversity. As a matter of fact, the Sanskrit word vinyasa means “variations within parameters”. This flexibility gives instructors the opportunity to tailor sequences to match their personal philosophy. So, if one instructor’s class is not working for you, you can try another.
The asana, or yoga position, that begins most vinyasa classes is the sun salutation. The sun salutation is a succession of postures, each flowing into the next. The sun salutation could be a practice on its own. There are twelve poses in the salutation Together the poses lengthen and strengthen, flex and extend most of the major muscles of the body. Some of the positions within the salutation give important flexion and length to the lower back. Lunges stretch the upper and inner thigh and stimulate internal organs, such as the stomach and spleen.
Tadasana, of the mountain pose, is actually two separate poses. The first is the more active pose. It is the pose where you are moving into or out of stillness, and involves the stretching of your body from the inside out. The primary pose promotes stillness. Mountains are immovable, stable and still. When you remember your stillness and simply stand tall and stately, like a mountain, you are given the opportunity to experience yourself with clarity. Stillness includes mind, body and soul. You pay attention to your breathing, your heart, and your muscles. It is through this attention and clarity that you become relaxed, calm, and at peace.
Urdhva hastasana, or the raised hand pose, is easily accomplished and therefore can readily become part of any daily yoga routine. Benefits derived from this pose include the stretching and sculpting of the stomach. In addition it will help in the regulation of your digestive tact, and will improve flexibility in your shoulders. This asana is particularly helpful for those who are suffering from repetitive-motion injuries or arthritis. Nevertheless, when first practicing the raised hand pose people suffering injury, will need to modify the pose by tying a shoulder-width hoop just below the elbow. Improved posture can also result from regular practice.
The uttanasana, or standing forward bend, opens the hamstrings. When hamstrings are open strain and tightness in the back is reduced. Sitting for a long time, long drives and poor sleep habits are only a few of the reasons people suffering back pain. Since the hamstring is connected to the pelvis, when legs are inflexible it causes unnecessary back stress. In turn, this can lead to unstable hips and knee problems. Like any exercise, improvement takes time. However, when the standing forward bend becomes part of your daily routine, gradually you will develop greater leg flexibility. If you are an athlete, this pose will allow you to assess postural needs and imbalances.
The adho mukha svanasanas, or downward facing dog, elongates and strengthens the back. If you are hunched over a computer all day, daily practice of this pose is a must. Furthermore, because it is an inversion posture, which means your head is lower than your hips, it is a great position for increasing blood flow to the brain. This in turn stimulates the nervous system and helps improve memory and concentration. Emotionally, downward facing dog serves the purpose of turning everything upside down; hence you see everything from a different angle. In addition, inversion takes pressure off the heart.
Vinyasa yoga poses are both fun and challenging. Sometimes thought of as a modern form of classical Indian yoga. Some refer to it as power yoga because of its vigorous nature. If you would like to give it a try, DoYogaWithMe offers 100% free yoga classes utilizing all styles of yoga at all levels. Both Connections to the Core and Back Bending from the Base Intermediate Class include Vinyasa yoga. We hope you find Vinyasa yoga poses as beneficial as we do.