INTRODUCING VINYASA & ASHTANGA YOGA
Vinyasa is a dynamic method of Yoga which is a modified form of Ashtanga Vinyasa. Like Ashtanga, it is a physically challenging method of Yoga which is somewhat different to the more static styles, such as Hatha and the Iyengar Method. The constant movement and pace means you build up a sweat and get a detoxifying, cardiovascular workout. The dynamic nature of the practice helps with cardiovascular training and endurance. It also helps tone the muscles without getting bulky.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic method of yoga that is characterized by its flowing sequence and four core techniques
The primary benefit of the vinyasa is that it warms the muscles and joints, allowing them to move more freely. The blood is warmed and this produces a purifying sweat. The sweat generated then carries impurities out of the body. Physically, the body becomes healthy, light and strong.
Ujjayi is a specialized breathing technique that helps the practitioner breathe smoothly and rhythmically while performing the postures in the sequence. This enhances one’s endurance by allowing more oxygen to enter the lungs and penetrate into the blood. It also assists in generating heat in the body.
Bandhas – “Muscle Locks”
The bandhas are internal muscle locks that regulate and direct the flow of energy. The physiological benefits are increased physical strength, improved muscular control and support to the spine. Fully engaging the bandhas during practice can instantly make you feel lighter and stronger, even making challenging postures seem manageable.
Drishti – “Gazing Point”
This refers to the direction you look while performing a posture. This helps keep the mind focused and concentrated during the practice. It also aids in keeping you steady in balancing postures.
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