Yoga is a state of deep inner peace, where the union of body and mind has reached their maximum potential. In one of the root texts of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yoga is defined as the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind : "Yogash chitta vritti nirodhah" Sutra I.2. When we stop identifying with our thoughts, then there is yoga.
To get closer to this goal, we use a set of external methods like rules of lifs, postures, breathing exercices, withdrawal of th senses, and internal methods like concentration, meditation and deep internalization.
The practice of yoga helps us to center ourselves and live in the present.
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic yoga. It comes from the lineage of Patanjali, Sri Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois, Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga methods.
vi = order + nyasa = placement ; krama = uninterrupted sequence of events from beginning to end.
So, Vinyasa Krama can be translated as the orderly placement of a series of events.
Usually only the word "Vinyasa" is mentioned, and refers to "a sequence of postures conveyed by breath and intention."
The continuity of movement and the synchronization between movement and breath helps us to become aware of the permanent change of the world, that noting is fixed.
During a Vinyasa class, we will use an intention Sankalpa, a deep and conscious breath Ujjayi, a precise direction for the gaze drishti, the activation of three enery centers bandhas, in order to stay focused in the present moment and to calm the mind.
When we decide to come and participate in our first yoga class, we look for a specific benefit that is different for everyone, such as flexibility, relaxation, spinal mobility, weight loss...and we find many other benefits that correspond to what we need.
Here are some other potential benefits :