Whew!! As I begin my yoga practice I realize I don’t speak the language. At all! In true honesty I have participated in 9 Vinyasa classes. No, I’m not a yogi to some, but I am on my way. I’ve committed to attend Vinyasa Mixed every Tuesday, and so far I have enjoyed every single class.
Vinyasa Mixed Class: Flow class offering options for all levels of practice. Dynamic movements and creative sequencing are woven together with breath awareness to create heat and release tension from the body. Vinyasa classes are often compared to a “meditation in motion” where the body takes on various shapes while the mind remains focused and relaxed.
For more – Buddhi Yoga – Vinyasa Mixed
The first nine classes have been a mix between effortless and cumbersome. It took a few attempts to pick up the words and match that with the corresponding pose. Whew! If I could have been a fly on the wall, I would have recorded myself just to laugh at how tough it was for me to keep my balance. I totally forgot how horrible my balance can be. Moving from tree pose and flowing into warrior 3 left me off balance. I would find it terribly hard to focus on anything in the room so that I could find balance.
I’ve started to also find that my hip flexors are tight, my hamstrings are tied double tight, and even child’s pose can be a little uncomfortable. With all of the stress I’ve experienced over the past 12 months I can totally feel how I’ve let these things stiffen me over time.
Learning to speak the language – Yogi Style
The literal translation of Vinyasa is “to place in a special way”, but it has much deeper meaning in practice. Vinyasa can refer to a flowing style of yoga that links breath to movement. Vinyasa can also refer to the flowing sequence: high plank, low plank, upward facing dog, downward facing dog.
Savasana, or corpse pose, is the final posture in most classes. This resting pose provides space for the mind and body to relax and integrate the efforts of practice. This posture is seemingly simple but can be difficult for many as it requires complete stillness, in both body and mind.
Namaste is a greeting of respect and gratitude. Translated, it most closely means “the divine essence in me recognizes the divine essence in you.” Many instructors may begin and end class with Namaste, while holding hands together at heart center and bowing.
Until next time, continue to stretch and I will catch you next time.