Vinyasa Yoga Open
The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” such as yoga poses…although most people have grown to think of it as a sweated “yoga workout”. In truth, Vinyasa yoga is a very subtle, beautiful, introspective practice – exercise is merely a beneficial side effect!
In Vinyasa yoga, the breathing is through the nose and for each movement, there is a breath. This is very difficult in the beginning but it helps focus the mind, because you really have to think about it. So students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next in every vinyasa class. The classes differ each week, the first segment of the practice includes a few rounds of invigorating surya namaskar, to increase circulation, muscular challenge and heat in a very progressive way, which makes the connective tissue flexible. The class then generally follows an asana-based theme (including standing poses, forward bends, back bends and twists), so students can delve deeper into each type of asana. Finally, meditation and savasana (relaxation) unwinds the nervous system, promoting a return to neutrality equilibrium in body and mind.
Meditation is focusing the mind, and vinyasa yoga focuses the mind because it gives you something to focus your mind on, hence vinyasa yoga is a dynamic, moving meditation.
In this way, Vinyasa yoga can be instrumental in stabilising and focusing your life off the yoga mat. *Jivamukti yoga is considered a form of vinyasa yoga, but it includes extra asana elements such as inversions and deeper backbends, making it a stronger practice than the Vinyasa Yoga class at Go Yoga. It also includes philosophical teachings via the Focus of the Month.
This class is open to all levels of practitioner with no major injuries or conditions.