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Video:What Is Vinyasa Yoga?

with Aubrey Morgan

Learn the style, history and benefits of doing Vinyasa yoga as well as what to expect in a class.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Is Vinyasa Yoga?

Hi, I am Aubrey for About.com and I am Linda Lalita Winnick of Shakti Yoga of Woodstock and today we are going to teach you about Vinyasa yoga.

What Is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. Vinyasa yoga began with a sacred Yogi called Sri Ramamohan Brahmachri, who lived in a cave at the foot of Mount Kailas . Vinyasa yoga was popularized by Pattabhi Joyce. The word Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement."

Information About Vinyasa Yoga

Breathing technique is very important in the Vinyasa style of yoga. You move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa poses run smoothly together and becomes like a dance. You can also expect lot of movement, and not just stretching in a Vinyasa class. Speed, chanting, and alignment depends on the teacher you work with. In Vinyasa yoga there is no single sequence that you have to follow. The strength of the yoga is in diversity. Vinyasa yoga helps you to gain balance and flexibility. You will notice an increase of stamina and endurance after performing Vinyasa yoga. Your muscles will strengthen and stretch and the body will begin to heal itself.

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