Benefits of Vinyasa
In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with their breath in order to flow from one pose to the next. This moving meditation provides multiple physical and mental benefits:
Physically, sweat releases toxins and re-energises our bodies.
Mentally, the synchronised breathing relaxes the chatter of our mind and releases any blockage of energy flow throughout the body.
Other benefits include increased flexibility, mental focus, cardiovascular conditioning, calorie-burning and muscle development.
A research review published in the International Journal of Yoga in 2011 concluded that regular yoga practice can improve sleep, reduce stress, quell anxiety and help treat addiction.
Vinyasa is particularly effective at this as practitioners are encouraged to focus on their breath and bodily sensations. As a result, worries and cares become less prominent and overwhelming for the time you practise.
This kind of yoga also stills the mind, giving it the ability to process what the practice brings up to the surface — both the joyful and uncomfortable thoughts.