Yoga (Vinyasa – Anusara)
Vinyasa is a dynamic type of yoga. The term comes from the Sanskrit words Nyasa (to place) and Vi (in a specific way), denoting the deepest awareness in every movement and every moment of exercise. The exercises (asanas) are performed in a continuous flow in combination with breathing. The transitions between the positions are important, raising the levels of intensity and energy. The variety of exercises and the synchronisation of movement and breathing leads to a meditative practice.
It improves physical endurance and balance. At the same time, it engages many different muscle groups and strengthens the whole body. By raising body temperature and sweating, it leads to the elimination of toxins. It also increases the heart rate, aiding circulation and heart health, as well as concentration levels, while reducing stress.
Anusara is a modern school of Hatha yoga, meaning exercise with the body (asanas) and breathing (pranayama). Combining Ha and Tha balances the right and left sides of the brain. The right side corresponds to the left side of the body (emotion, creativity) and the left to the right (logic).
It emphasises the principles of alignment which are inherent in all positions and are associated with philosophical aspects of yoga.