Vinyasa means a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next point. Combining the breath with this movement is one important aspect that sets Yoga apart from ‘exercise’.
Because conscious breathing is an integral part of movement in Yoga, our brains stay mind-full rather than mind-less. This is critical, and not just to help prevent injury. Neurophysiologist Carla Hannaford, author of the book Smart Moves, has determined through her studies of learning and the brain, that the body not only needs movement to generate new nerve cells in the brain, BUT the best way to grow these brain cells is with slow controlled movements that require brain /body integration.
Turns out that’s exactly what Yoga has to offer! Certain kinds of dancing as well as Tai Chi and Qi Gong are other great ways to grow brain cells.
We will also take this time to honor our favorite star as we head into the darkest days of the year with probably the most recognized Vinyasa in the Yogic tradition, Sun Salutation, also known as Surya Namaskar.
I hope you can join me as we ‘Let the Sun Shine Within!’