Vinyasa Yoga Brighton and Hove
The practice and teaching of a flowing vinyasa style puts equal focus on laughter, self-inquiry, love, compassion, sensitivity and alignment. Yoga for us does not entail any religious or dogmatic views.
We practice yoga because it feels good and helps us to honestly investigate our own being.
We are mainly concerned about learning to practice ahimsa or non-violence, which starts on the mat with yourself and your limitations. Knowing when to slow down, rest and recuperate is the sign of an advanced yoga practice.
"ahimsa pratishthayam tatsamnidhau vairatyagahone who is solidly established in nonviolence, hostility disappears"
Yoga Sutra 2:35
We explore ahimsa through sensibility, feeling
Try a Vinyasa Yoga in Brighton and Hove class to see for yourself.
What is Vinyasa?
Vinyasa comes from Sanskrit and has different meanings, one is to synchronize movement with breath. Vinyasa does not have to be dynamic or strong, it can also be slow and gentle.
In fact, any given yoga practice should be a mixture of those two elements.
Often in a Vinyasa practice, sun salutations are practiced. For example, in traditional Ashtanga you warm up with 5 Sun Salutations A and 5 sun salutations B. In between each sitting posture a "vinyasa" (joining the flow of movements) is performed to keep the body heated and the flow of energy constant.
Vinyasa is one of the most popular yoga styles and many schools have given it their own name to distinguish themselves from other schools. You can read more about different styles here.
We incorporate Vinyasa in Sundara Yoga Flow. Against popular belief, Mr. Iyengar also practiced Vinyasa Yoga.
The simple act of moving your arms up and down is a form of vinyasa, so vinyasa does not have to incorporate a sun salutation. Moving from one place to another using the natural breath. Often beginners become confused about when to breathe, but in the beginning, it is best to relax the effort and let your diaphragm do the work. You will automatically breathe in when you lift up your arms and breathe out when your arms come down again. Try it! When a beginner focuses on breathing in as he tries new movement patterns, he or she might take too much breathe in often resulting in hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is doing the opposite what you want to achieve in Yoga, that is, better distribution and flow of blood and oxygen to throughout the body and especially to the brain.
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