Yoga, the science of wellbeing
Yoga is the complied science of wellbeing in the state of busy lifestyles and hard to achieve work targets. It the eternal path to success. It out values other forms of exercises in the sense that it is known to cure almost all the diseases and problems that occur in the lives of individuals like Cancer, diabetes, stress and depression, etc. Yoga is classified on the basis of its varieties of uses as Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is a powerful and dynamic style of yoga which was developed in the 20th century by the guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It comprises of the sequence of linked poses called a vinyasa.
Vinayasa Yoga literally means movement or position of limbs, to make something sacred. The term Vinyasa is derived from nyasa, meaning “to place,” and vi, meaning “in a special way.” This shows that we don’t “throw our bodies around” but bring our consciousness to each movement in each moment. In Vinayasa Yoga, the breath is connected to the movements of the body and the movements are further linked to the whole body, thus providing a balanced experience physically, mentally and spiritually.
Shiva Rea adds, “Vinyasa in its original meaning from the early Tantras is understood as the ‘sequence of consciousness,’ or how life unfolds from…the creative pulse of life.” Vinayasa yoga poses are basically an indication of how we feel through our external movements. These yoga classes are immensely creative and never identical since teachers have the option of invoking changes and varying the poses as per the requirements. Thus, Vinyasa classes can vary greatly from class to class, teacher to teacher, and even from city to city. These classes include music components, meditation and chanting. The one thing that remains constant is the linking of breath with the body movements. Vinyasa Yoga is performed by using a deep breathing technique, known as “Ujjayi Pranayama”.
Practicing the Vinayasa yoga asaans
While one is Ujjayi Yoga, he/she is asked to breathe through the nose in order to completely fill and empty their lungs and each movement in this practice is partnered with either an inhalation or an exhalation, creating a flowing link between breath and movement. These poses are sometimes even held for several breaths, but when moving between poses, Ujjayi breath provides the connection. Vinayasa Yoga poses range from standing and balancing postures, twists, backbends, inversions, seated poses, and forward folds.
Vinayasa Yoga is one of the most practiced form of yoga and allows a sense of creativity for the teachers and practitioners in exercise. It is well taught in almost all the yoga teacher training institutes in India.