Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga as exercise created by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century, often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga.
The term Vinyasa is derived from “Nyasa” meaning “to place” and “vi” meaning “in a special way.”
Vinyasa Yoga can be described as movement linked with breath. It’s a dynamic practice that’s often more playful than other styles and we love to practice it with an uplifting, inspiring yet gentle music in the background (subject to studio/gym preference) to help our participants truly immerse themselves into their practice.
It does not have a fixed system of movements so it allows us to be creative and non-repetitive. It can have almost dance-like quality which is why we love to enhance it with music. When sequenced well it can deliver a full body workout where your body gets both stronger and more flexible at the same time.
It is a wonderful type of exercise as it has the ability to lift the heart rate while at the same time it allows students slip into a moving meditation that benefits the body and mind.
Vinyasa yoga encourages self-reflection and mindfulness and we will guide you through each pose so that you become aware of your body, breath, thoughts, feelings as you flow from pose to pose. Through the practice we will help you to reconnect with your body and mind and re-discover who you really are and what you want in life. This is how yoga becomes a practice of self-transformation and healing.
Vinyasa yoga practice has the ability to change how you feel. You can walk into class a little low or stressed out after the day’s events, and leave in a happier, more contented present.
More research comes out each year on the health benefits of yoga. There’s science behind how the practice improves flexibility, protects your spine and builds muscle strength, but also how it regulates adrenal glands, helps with sleep, boosts immune system and increases self esteem, inner strength and gives peace of mind.