Vinyasa means linking movements. Typically Yoga only comprises of postures. But in the modern contemporary form, the linking movements add to its fluidity. Thus Vinyasa Yoga is a heated and fast-paced version of Yoga. It helps in power-driven motion. The Yogic exercises effect more when done with this style. There is no set asana for this. There are various routines to deliver different results. Each pose is connected to the next with flowing movements. Vinyasa Yoga has developed not long ago. In the mid 20th century, Mysore city of India saw its rise. In today’s world, Yoga is much more than a ritual. It is practiced with the aim of all-round fitness. Hence, to speed up the results, additions occur. The following are principles to keep in mind while performing Vinyasa.
If you wish to gain the best out of something, you should abide by its rules. Similarly, Vinyasa Yoga has some principles one should adhere to. These are essential for maintaining its essence. Without these, it would be impossible to extract the effects you wish to see on your mind and body.
In Sanskrit, ‘Tri’ means three, and ‘Sthana’ means places. While performing Vinyasa Yoga, there are three places which need your attention. Better viewed as three purification levels, the practice escalates gradually. Pranayama, Asana, and Drishti are namely those three. Pranayama stands for breathing, which means that one should have control over inhalation and exhalation. The Asana is the posture. It should be made with perfection. Thus, each muscle should be in proper alignment with others. The last is the Drishti, which means looking place. What you see influences your mind, and hence it should be easy to focus on. The mind should be filled with positive thoughts. Drishti works as the door for the same!
The main component of Vinyasa Yoga, as the name suggests, is Vinyasa. This regulates the flow of actions. In normal Yoga, the breaks between different Asanas allow the muscles to relax and regain composure. But in this type, the continuity remains unbroken. The routine goes on and so does the energy flow. In current world scenarios, this holds high importance. With little time left to invest for fitness, we want maximum benefits. Hence, Vinyasa does it for us by minimizing energy losses.
Bandha stands for locks in Sanskrit, the language of ancient Hindu texts. It is said that without administering locks, the benefits of Asanas cannot be claimed. Locks help in retaining the posture for long. There are three prominent lock positions in Vinyasa Yoga. The pelvic lock or root lock keep the lower body stable. The abdomen block is two inches below the navel. The throat lock relates to the sternum, for which chin is lowered slightly.
In any Vinyasa Yoga performance, the energies of the mind and surroundings are summoned to be the perfect guide. This is done by chanting a mantra. The source of it is ages old. Recitation of this mantra drives the Vinyasa to success. The ending is also done with a mantra, which wishes that all mankind be treated with goodness by the universe.