These yoga styles are strongly based on the Ashtanga system of linking breath with strong and dynamic movement. "Vinyasa" literally means "to place in a certain way." Vinyasa classes are composed of a steady flow of yoga postures linked with the breath in a successive series to promote fluid and continuous movement between poses.
Power Yoga, a more vigorous style of practice, was popularized by Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest in the 1990s. It emphasizes intense, flowing movements to develop strength, flexibility, and discipline while detoxifying the body and calming the mind.
A yoga block and strap are recommended for this class. Tight hammies and an achy back no more! This yoga series caters specifically to a runner's most overused muscle groups: hips, hamstrings, and glutes. When strong and healthy, these areas of the body offer speed and power. When out of balance or injured, they can derail training or sabotage a PR. Enjoy this sequence to both strengthen and stretch after a run or on its own as important cross-training. The beginning meditation is an ideal way to feel more grounded before a race or simply to relieve stress after a long day.
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Pranayama is such an essential part of yoga, I focused on its relationship to performing the asana and discovered that the asana actually follows the breath and not the other way around if done properly with full awareness. Prana Vashya follows the breath instead of following the movement and maintains the rhythm of the breath throughout the practice. Through breath control, Prana Vashya keeps the attention fixed on the asana, not allowing the mind to wander. Utilizing Kumbhakas (breath locks) in certain movements while performing asana and vinyasa has a very powerful and dynamic effect that develops intense stamina Physically, Physiologically and Psychologically.
In its natural form, the Prana supports the Awareness. This capacity is utilized to develop understanding about the external world. "Where there is awareness, there is understanding. Where there is understanding, there is adjustment". This is with reference to the awareness which moves outwards. Out of our self boundaries or in a social perspective.
But if the same awareness is directed inwards, towards the prana, through different channels of the Body and Mind, the complete sentence changes to "Where there is awareness, there is understanding. Where there is understanding, there is control".
A healthy body and mind is the basic requirement for understanding the self. Hence the focus is to increase the awareness of the capacities of these two distinct entities thus developing control over them. Prana Vashya Yoga aims to direct this consciousness towards Prana or the self through a process of Asana to the body and Pranayama to the mind.
The Basic focus of Prana Vashya Yoga is to strengthen the nerves through the powerful influence of breath which helps the practitioner to remain calm in any stressful situation in his daily life.
Prana Vashya Yoga provides equilibrium for the upper and lower body; there is a complete utilization of the shoulders, hip joints, thigh muscles, calf muscles, and hamstrings which help build and maintain strength and stamina in the legs. Prana Vashya is distinguished by its unique approach to flow and balance. The flow is slow, deliberate, and deep, and the body is trained evenly along its front, back and transverse lines. This approach trains the body equally in strength, balance and flexibility while calming the mind and nervous system.
Prana Vashya ensures saturated physiological response from the body because of the depth to which the practitioner carries his body through his own efforts to attain perfection in the asana by the techniques tailored for the same.
Even though the practice seems to be hard in the initial stages, It ensures confidence and energy saturation as the practitioner gets accustomed to.