What does "vinyasa mean?"

 YP All Levels Yoga Class in Sun Salutations and the "Vinyasa" Flow

YP All Levels Yoga Class in Sun Salutations and the "Vinyasa" Flow

 
 

What does "Vinyasa Yoga" mean?

Curious about the word Vinyasa?  Here you go….The word "Vinyasa is a term used to describe one of the most common forms of yoga found today in the Western cultures.  The word itself comes from an ancient language called Sanskrit which is said to have been commonly used in Asia / India before and around 600 B.C.  Like many Sanskrit words, vinyāsa has several meanings inside it; nyasa denotes "to place" and vi denotes "in a special way". The term "Vinyāsa" can also be used to reference a style of yoga that is practiced as one breath, tied to one movement.  This is very often the most challenging part of the yoga practice for beginners.  Trying to move in sync with breath and the rest of the class, without getting too overworked and stressed.   We at the Yoga Project studios are experts in teaching beginner students how to quickly adapt into our yoga classes and into the “flow.”  You'll experience some of this Vinyasa flow in our “All Levels”, “Hour of Power” and “Foundations” yoga classes.  During the first half of our YP yoga class we will combine movement with breath in a way that promotes vitality, inspiration, stamina and sweat!  Sun Salutations are very often part of this portion of class.

Sun Salutations are often the signature of a "vinyasa" yoga class because they are often taught by moving in one breath movements starting in Mountain Pose, Forward Fold Pose, Half-way Lift Pose, Low Pushup (Chaturanga) Pose, Upward Facing Dog, Downward Facing Dog, Forward Fold Pose and finally back to Mountain Pose.  This is a basic "Sun Salutation A" using one breath to one movement in the series of postures that take the student from standing, to the floor and then back up to standing.  This moving yoga sequence is really great because it focuses on flexibility, strength, balance and agility.  Sun Salutations can all be modified and slowed down to accommodate any level of student.  Sometimes we teach students to skip going all the way down to the floor.  Instead we recommend to stay standing in the forward fold and just wait until the class gets back up to standing.  We’re able to work with any age and injury to make a yoga class work.  Students must however be willing to do something a little different from the rest of the class at times.  This can be the biggest challenge.

Our YP Yoga studios are located in Mansfield, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas.  Our classes are heated and you’ll find this “Vinyasa” yoga style class on our schedules along with our YIN Yoga and Strength 45 HIIT Classes.  Our memberships and class passes work at all locations.

If you’re interested in starting a yoga practice or if you would like additional help making a yoga practice work with your limitations, then please let us help you.  If you have any questions about any posture or if you have trouble understanding postures in our YP yoga classes please feel free to ask our YP Instructors before, during or after class.  Feel free to email us and ask any questions as well.  We are here to help you!