Vinyasa Yoga the art of choreography

But is it really so?


The word Vinyasa Yoga comes from the union of the two Sanskrit terms vi, or “in a special way” and nyasa, “positioning/doing”. It is a style characterized by a profound coordination between movement and Pranayama, in which the maintenance of the asanas and the transition from one position to another are carefully carried out in communion with breathing, and in a specific way.

Vinyasa Yoga the art of choreography

This current differs from the slower and more meditative styles, as it is based on a more dynamic modality. With “Vinyasa”, we very often refer to the sequence of asanas that correspond to the central section of the Sun Salutation, which involves the transition from the Position of the Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) to the Position of the Four Supports (Chaturanga), to the Position of the Upward facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana), with a final return to the starting posture, but in reality this is only a mystification and an error of those who do not fully understand the principles of vinyasa. This small sequence can be used to transition between positions in a modern flow context.

Where does vinyasa come from?

The origins of this style are due to Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), a yogi considered the progenitor of modern forms of Yoga and master of the three figures who have contributed most to the spreading of this discipline in the West: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi.Krishnamacharya, in the course of his research, focused his attention on the phase of connection from one position to the next, a sort of choreography in fact.

This type of style therefore called vinyasa can be applied to existing styles, we can for example have a hatha vinyasa, or it can be of a more modern matrix with a name like yoga flow. The wording instead vinyasa flow represents a repetition that has no sense, a sort of choreography choreography, or being in being.

Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga the art of choreography

Vinyasa yoga brings with it the same benefits of a yoga practice, but at the same time the energetic movements allow you to acquire strength, flexibility and agility, equipping the muscle groups with symmetry and resistance, while the emphasis on breathing teaches you how to correctly manage the balance during the various phases Vinyasa yoga also represents an excellent aid for our cardiovascular system which is particularly activated at various levels.

It helps our mental well-being by giving us total relaxation, it helps to detach the mind that is engaged in following the flow and stops deviating.

In short, a style that can give us so much.

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