by Contributing Writer, Heidy Toledo
Vinyasa derives from the Ashtanga lineage. The Ashtanga for its part was created by the yogi Sri Krishnamacharya. As a result, the origin of the Vinyasa classes come from the series established in Ashtanga.
In a Vinyasa class it is customary to incorporate music, meditation and the repetition of mantras. At the moment of beginning the class, the teacher can create the sequence according to the requests and energies of the students, focused around working some specific muscles, or preparing positions at different levels.
In the sequence are added standing postures (vīrabhadrāsana I), balance / balance (vīrabhadrāsana III), rotations (pāśāsana), forward folds (jānuśīrṣāsana), back folds (uṣṭrāsana), inversions (viparītakaraṇi) and many more ending in the posture of the corpse (Savasana) which is the last position to relax and integrate the benefits of the session.
During the 75 minutes of practice students ideally seek the union of breathing with movement. It's like a dance where we move to the rhythm of breathing. In this way we look for the balance between the physical / energetic body and as a consequence the mind calms down.
Being focused on breathing allows the mind to be in the present moment without having to think about the past or the future, which is what creates the stress of each day. With the same breath we can manipulate our prana (or the energy of life) throughout our body, unblocking areas of tension and blocks resulting in optimal health.
The breathing technique we use is UJJAYI, this breathing technique helps us to warm the body from the inside out. Contraction of the back part of the throat (the glottis), as if we were fogging a mirror with closed lips.
We must take into account that the physical and emotional energy of each student varies from day to day, and that is why it is important to listen to our body. By default, we often hear our ego and not our body; You have to know how to differentiate from each other.
To reinforce the above, we can incorporate tools such as blocks, strops and cushions, and if we do not have them then we become creative and use books or the husband's belt!
Remember if there is pain in a yoga pose we are not doing yoga. Yoga is not pain...and now to enjoy a dance of Vinyasa!