The most popular form of yoga in the West is an ancient, intelligent holistic approach to health and fitness. It teaches the art of taking control of your own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. There are many different schools of yoga and all teach Hatha Yoga slightly differently, however a typical class is composed of moving the physical body in poses (ASANAS) breath techniques (PRANAYAMA) and relaxation.
Vinyasa means ‘breath-synchronized movement, and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes just referred to as Flow Yoga.
Regular practice gives improved muscle tone, flexibility, strength (especially core – strength), balance and co-ordination. Self-awareness and an awareness of the breath is developed which improves respiratory function and is calming for the mind. In the long term improvements are found in the mind and the emotions as well, helping us face the turmoil’s of life with steadiness and stability.