“Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit term “nyasa”, which means “to place” and the prefix “vi”, which means “in a special way”. We see Vinyasa in nature all around us, as day flows into night, night flows into day, following the cycle of the sun and the moon, the transition of the seasons, the rise and fall of the ocean tides and the flow of our breath from inhalation to exhalation, through a sacred pause, then flowing back from exhalation to inhalation. So too the practice of Vinyasa Yoga is based on the traditional principles of Ashtanga Yoga that sacredly link the movement of body with the flow of breath, directing energy through subtle lines (Nadis) and subtle energy centers (Chakras) in our body, linking one posture to the next and threading one theme into another mindfully, with pure intention. Vinyasa Yoga innovator, Shiva Rea, explains that Vinyasa in its original meaning from the early Tantras is understood as the sequence of consciousness or how life unfolds from Spanda (the creative pulse of life) in a spontaneous (Sahaja) way. The intention of Vinyasa is to realise and embody the sacred current within, to surf the waves of life force from its primordial vibration as pure consciousness.
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