‘Vinyasa’ also known as flow yoga, can be translated to ‘place in a special way’. Often referred to in class as ‘our flow’.
Since we move in, and through postures synchronized with the breath, our breathing is especially important. We move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale through the nose.
Sun salutations are an important part of the Vinyasa yoga practice, it is sometimes used as a warm-up at the beginning of a class.
Some of the many benefits of a yoga flow include:
- Increases the heart rate and improves blood circulation.
- Ideal for warming up the physical body, helping to create heat known as tapas.
- Muscles and ligaments are softened by the heat.
- Joints are lubricated by the movement.
- Ideal for warming up the emotional body, helping to burn away challenging thoughts, feelings, physical and emotional toxins.
- Helps quiet the mind when done with intention. The repetitive motions become a moving meditation or mantra.
- Helps draw in the senses (pratyahara), increasing focus and ability to block external distractions.
A yoga flow sequence is a perfect way to start your day. Try doing these moves in the morning when you wake up to get your heart rate pumping and your muscles stretched. Use the infographic below to help you flow through your yoga practise and experience the benefits of a yoga flow first-hand.
This month’s post and infographic has been kindly supplied by Health Perch – A digital health magazine – and shared by Simply Soulful Yoga, with many thanks.
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