There are so many styles of yoga to love. So why choose Vinyasa? To me, the Vinyasa style is almost like dancing by myself when no one is looking. I love that freeing feeling of moving my body for myself, by myself. Obviously in a yoga class I’m not exactly “by myself” but it doesn’t take long to get into your own flow and realize that no one else is there to watch you…they’re doing their own internal dance as well!
Although every class is a little different, what makes a yoga class a Vinyasa class is the one-breath to one-movement flow. When you are able to focus your mind on your breath, it becomes an active moving meditation.
Before I took my first yoga class in my 20s, I had this preconceived notion that yoga was slow and boring and for old people. The class I walked into was a Vinyasa Power Flow that changed my perception of yoga forever. I kissed my gym membership goodbye when I realized that yoga could be just as physically challenging and more fun. Slowly, my body started changing. I noticed muscle definition in parts of my body that I hadn’t seen before, I didn’t get winded carrying groceries up the stairs to my apartment, and I was finally able to do all of the chatturangas in the 90-minute class! As the physical changes were happening, I also noticed changes in other areas of my life that I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t as angry when something didn’t go my way, I felt calmer and more patient with myself and with others, and I started appreciating the small things in life. I literally caught myself stopping to smell flowers one day while walking home from class.
Like many others, I was first attracted to yoga for the physical benefits but I’ve stayed with yoga for the mental and spiritual aspects. If I’m being honest, there’s no way I’m going to a yoga class and then also going to the gym afterwards, so it’s important to me that my yoga is also my workout for the day. I like that Vinyasa yoga gives me a nice balance of the physical, mental, and spiritual. It’s like hitting the yoga jackpot…or to make another analogy…it’s like going on a blind date with a male model, and then finding out he’s also intelligent and loves kittens! Yoga and kittens for the win!
Yoga has been a part of my life (intermittently) for over 18 years. It has always been a home base for me. Whenever I’ve felt like I needed to reset my life, I would start by finding a yoga studio. No matter how long I’d been away or what city I was in, yoga has always been there for me when I’m ready to show up. When my breath, mind, and body are aligned, it becomes easier to tackle everything else in life. When I look at the ebb and flow of my life, the periods that I’m doing yoga regularly are my most creative, my most productive, and my most joyful. My goal now is to keep my practice consistent so that I never have to “go back” to yoga.
As I’ve matured, my yoga interests and needs have also matured. The beautiful thing about Vinyasa yoga is that it adapts and matures with me. It’s my personal dance that can be as fast or slow, as powerful or light, as sweaty or relaxing as I want it to be. The instructors in the classroom are my guides, but I follow my own breath and listen to what my body needs each day. And some days, my body says it wants to do that nice and slow yoga for old people, which isn’t really that boring after all.
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.