Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word which refers to breath and movement. For example, each yoga posture is matched by one breath. This is what you do when you perform Sun or Moon Salutations, and these are a form of Vinyasa Yoga.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a system of personal development that focuses on the body, mind and spirit. Breathing can ensure peace of mind and physical well-being. Yoga means "to join together" and is seen as a powerful tool to bring about balance and harmony between the body and the mind. Breathing exercises, or pranayama, help in revitalizing body and mind, thereby leaving you refreshed and calm.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
The benefits of yoga are extensive. Some of the benefits include increasing flexibility; increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons; massaging of all the body's organs; complete detoxification; excellent toning of the muscles; mood moderation and peace of mind; posture perfection; improved digestion; less stored fat; healing of injured back muscles; speeding injury recovery time; and prevention of injury recurrence.
WHO CAN DO YOGA?
Yoga can help people of all ages. It can be instrumental in instilling self-discipline and improving concentration and memory. It can be beneficial when practiced by young people so that they can keep their natural flexibility over the years.
Teenagers can gain inner strength to help them cope with stressful and negative influences, and also maintain flexibility.
Older people find that gentle yoga asanas relieve problems such as poor circulation and posture.
Pregnant women often find that yoga can relieve problems such as backache and depression, as well as providing relief during labor.