Vinyasa Yoga Flow
Presented by: Sophia Paul /
Surya/Chandra Namaskar with Warrior/Trikonasana Flow
Physical Benefits (however, only the combination of breath and movement makes yoga what it is, otherwise it is only stretching)
Flexibility: Stretching your body in new ways will help it to become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to muscles and joints. Over time, you will gain more flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips.
Strength: yoga poses show you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, including balancing poses(such as in Tree Pose) or supporting yourself with your arms (such as in Downward Facing Dog). Some exercises require you to move slowly in and out of poses, which also increases strength. Vinyasa yoga (the style that I teach is a flow yoga, suited for beginners and advanced students alike)
Muscle tone: over time you will be getting stronger, and you will see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles.
Pain Prevention: Increased flexibility and (especially core) strength can help prevent some types of back pain. Spending a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car can cause back pain which can cause tightness and spinal compression, which you can begin to address with yoga. Yoga also improves your alignment and posture which helps prevent many other types of pain.
Better Breathing: Most of us breathe very shallowly and don't give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, focus the attention on the breath and teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages and even calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Mental Calmness: Yoga practice combines mental, physical, emotional aspects. Concentrating so intently on what your body and breath are doing has the effect of bringing calmness to the mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, the easiest just observing how you breathe and disengagement from your thoughts, which help calm the mind.
Stress Reduction: Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga because of the combination of movement and breath. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles seem to melt away during your yoga practice. This provides a much-needed break from anything that is stressful to you at that moment as well as helping put things into perspective. Yoga brings you back into the present moment and that alone can help relieve stress, as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling calm, centered, energized and relaxed all at the same time.
Body Awareness: Practicing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. Your yoga instructor will help you adjust and align. Over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body which will lead to improved posture, greater self-confidence and overall feeling of health and well-being.
Blessings and Namaste
Sophia S Paul, ND, CYT, RM