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Vinyasa Yoga for a Holistic Lifestyle

For anyone who enjoys physical yoga, vinyasa is one of the best choices alongside power, Bikram and Ashtanga. If you want to become a yoga instructor, Vinyasa yoga is a unique style of yoga which includes broad range of yoga postures and movements. The original style of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga was popularized by Pattabhi Jois who hailed from India. Vinyasa yoga refers to movements which are synchronized with breath. This style of yoga is one of extremely popular styles.

Vinyasa yoga involves moving from one posture to another with inhalation or exhalation. In Vinyasa, breath is the link between two postures. The breathing method used in Vinyasa yoga is called Ujjayi pranayama and there is a lot of emphasis on proper breathing.

Usually this style of yoga is practiced everyday and its practice can help you to get healthy in a holistic manner. One of the studies on effect of Vinyasa yoga was conducted by California State University, Northridge, in 2012 on 31 subjects for eight weeks. The subjects were all yoga novices. After eight weeks it was found that the subjects who practice Vinyasa yoga had improvement on core muscle strength and endurance levels.

Apart from the improvement in strength and endurance there are many other benefits of Vinyasa yoga practice. Here are some of them.

Improved Balance And Flexibility

As you continue your practice, gradually the flexibility of the muscles and the joints start to increase. You would see that you can bend more easily or reach out more, without injuring yourself. Your balance will also improve as all the muscles are utilized during the sequences.

Increased Stamina

Usually classes can run between one to two hours. But for beginners half an hour is good to start with. If you have just started practicing Vinyasa yoga, you may find it strenuous and hard to practice even for half an hour. If you keep practicing, however, your stamina would increase you would be amazed to see your improved capacity.

Detoxification

During the practice the blood flow increases in the entire body and body starts to sweat. The toxins are expelled from the body through the sweat and the skin starts to glow and becomes softer.

Healing and Stress Relief

You would feel amazingly rejuvenated after the session. All the muscle tension goes away and stress is removed from the body. The head feels light and your would be full of energy.

If you feel too tired after coming back from work, half an hour practice of Vinyasa yoga would fill you with energy and you would be able to enjoy rest of your evening.

If you are a beginner and want to try out Vinyasa yoga, I would suggest taking few classes from certified vinyasa yoga teachers before you start practicing at home. Once you start practicing for a few weeks, I can guarantee that you would find it hard to quit.

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