In todays’ yoga community, the term “Vinyasa” is used liberally. We see it listed as the name of a class, described as a style of yoga, and we also hear it used to tile a set series of movements – this word takes on multiple meanings, so lets get clear on what we are actually saying when we use the word Vinyasa.
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga, “Vinyasa” means: to place in a special way. The word, place or ‘placement’ is in reference to the body and the breath.
As the aim of yoga it to unite body, mind, and spirit to find holistic wellness, we should not think about the body and the breath as two separate, independent items that can be placed here or there. In yoga the breath and the body are one and the same, inseparable. So Vinyasa means to place the body and the breath in relationship to each other. You can think of this as linking breath to movement, or using the breath to guide movement in the body. Correct ‘placement’ of breath, allows for sooth and graceful movement.
Through this definition, and in the spirit of graceful movement, a style of yoga called Vinyasa Flow is born. A Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class is on the active or athletic end of the yoga spectrum and will lead you through a dynamic sequence of yoga postures, each position complementing and building upon those that precede and follow. The movements are fluid, creative, and dance-like, to an upbeat rhythm, guided by breath. You can expect to build heat in the body and break a sweat while ‘flowing’ in a Vinyasa Yoga Class.
Symmetry Yoga offers several Vinyasa Flow classes throughout the week – each one slightly different from the next, as Vinyasa Flow is a creative style of yoga, open to the interpretation and inspiration of the instructor. Please see our schedule to see which of our Vinyasa Flow Classes fits into your schedule.