A vinyasa is a flowing sequence of yoga poses often used to transition to one section of a yoga routine to another. Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that is translated “to place in a special way.” This is exactly what the vinyasa does – it is deliberately creating a flowing mechanism in your body.
A vinyasa is a flowing sequence of yoga poses often used to transition to one section of a yoga routine to another. Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that is translated “to place in a special way.” This is exactly what the vinyasa does – it is deliberately creating a flowing mechanism in your body. Vinyasa is also used to describe a style of flowing yoga that uses the vinyasas consistently to transition from one asana (posture) to the next. Because it is often repeatedly used during many yoga classes, it is important to have an understanding of the vinyasa and the proper form so you can get the most out of your yoga practice.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
|Mountain pose (Tadasana)|
|Standing forward bend (Uttanasana)|
Place your hands flat on the floor at about shoulder width, and step or jump your feet back into a 3. plank position. Your hands should be directly below your shoulders. Keep your body supported and in a straight line. Your weight should be on your hands and toes.
|Four-limbed staff (Chaturanga)|
|Upward-facing dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)|
|Downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)|
|Downward-facing dog with raised leg|
This completes the basic vinyasa flow that is used between each pose. From here, you can do things like the warrior poses with the vinyasa as a transition on each side.
Lower your back heel to the ground so your foot is at about a 45-degree angle. Extend both arms straight up into 8. warrior I (Virabhadrasana I). Your front leg should remain at a 90-degree angle, with your knee directly above your ankle. Your hips should be squared and facing straight forward. Your gaze should be straight ahead or upward. Hold this pose for a few breaths.
To repeat warrior I on the other side, lower your hands down and move your right leg back to the plank pose. Lower your body into four-limbed staff (Chaturanga) again, and pull through to a upward-facing dog. Push back into the downward-facing dog, lift the left leg straight up, and move it through to warrior I. Now you have used the vinyasa sequence to move to the warrior pose on both sides. You can use this vinyasa flow between many standing postures, balancing postures, and forward bending postures to create your own flowing yoga routine!
Try this Sun Salutation (SURYA NAMASKAR):
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+Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary