This style of yoga experience begins with Yin, still & passive, then midway an energizing dynamic Prana flow creating euphoria and we end again in Yin. Prana is energy animating your body, mind, and spirit giving you life; it can be increased through breath, life experiences, and food.
Traditional yoga practice in North America is typically Yang Yoga (active). It usually targets the muscles with active stretching and breathing exercises. Yin yoga is the counterbalance to the practice of yang yoga, and is sometimes referred to as yoga for the joints. What does that mean? This yoga form begins with relaxing muscles and targets the ligaments, tendons and joints. Yin postures involve longer periods of holding; this stretches and strengthens connective tissue that is much deeper than superficial or muscular tissue. Yang is considered more dynamic, because it stretches and strengthens muscular tissues with an emphasis on internal heating. Yin focuses on the connections in the pelvis, hips, & lower spine. Most yang postures involve standing while most yin postures involve sitting or lying down. Many yoga masters feel the combination of Yin and Yang poses balance each other out and give the body the full experience it truly needs. It is even suggested that practicing only the yang side of yoga is only half of the asana (postures) practice.
The real challenge isn’t deciding which one is best to do. It’s how to achieve both to create a balance for the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga masters seeking liberation, or moksha, do not practice only one side. Come with me and fall into the rhythmic stillness of “Pranaflow Yin”.
Vinyasa is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. From the Sanskrit “to place in a special way,” vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow. Inhalation is usually connected to upward, open movements, while exhalation is often tied to downward movements or twists.
Vinyasa Yoga connects one posture to the next using the breath. This can be thought of as linking or flowing into postures.
“Transitions” are what connect one posture to another in Vinyasa. They are the in-between part. What is not always appreciated is that transitions are considered postures themselves. To move in a more graceful, connected way, allot just as much time developing skill in the transitions as you do in the asana.
Vinyasa is synonymous with movement. Moving in and out of postures is the obvious movement but even in stillness Vinyasa is represented by the beat of your heart and inhale/exhale of your breath.