Flow Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga

Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

What is Flow Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga?

Flow yoga or Vinyasa yoga is a type of yoga which involves different styles of yoga. The meaning of Vinyasa is "breath-synchronized movement." It consists of a series of smoothly flowing movements along with controlled inhaling and exhaling. The focus is on coordinating the body's movements with breathing resulting in a very controlled workout which helps in increasing your concentration. It is termed as flow yoga because the poses are done in an effortless manner resembling like a dance. Flow yoga is like moving meditation.

The flow yoga consists of an accompanying inhalation or exhalation with each movement. It is very important to attain this synchronization of movement and breath, as it will help in enhancing the positive effects of the flow yoga. The controlled breathing helps you in maintaining the right pace for the entire yoga session. Controlled breathing also helps in keeping the heart rate steady at all times and prevents you from hurrying through the difficult poses. The steady breathing also helps in maintaining a constant body temperature, which is very important while doing flow yoga, as the postures require you to stretch deeply and the additional heat cause the muscles to stretch more.

Benefits of Flow Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga

Benefits of Flow Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga

Other than the physical benefits, flow yoga also offers mental benefits such as increasing your mental focus or concentration. Controlled breath requires your complete concentration which forces you to be aware of each and every movement. This helps in blocking out any distractions and in maintaining the right form doing your flow yoga session.

  • Increases mental focus.
  • Helps in detoxifying your body.
  • Helps in re-energizing your body.
  • Decreases stress and keeps you calm.
  • Increases your flexibility.
  • Helps you lose weight.
  • Is great for helping with insomnia.
  • Helps you with various pains.

There are a lot of poses or movements involved in Flow yoga or Vinyasa yoga, so you should wear a loose fitting or a comfortable garment so you can move freely with your poses. The workout can be quite sweat producing, so you should try and wear an absorbable and breathable fabric. Like every type of yoga, flow yoga also gives you immense heath benefits. So, just go with the Flow Yoga!

Pramod Kerkar

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Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: August 3, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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