If you want creativity put on some constraints and structure but leave it opened. If you want creativity allow the limitless to come from the limited, things to bloom and expand from the grounded, breath to take you out of the mere margins of the body. Infinite choice is paralytic while loose structure is freeing. This is why Vinyasa Yoga Workbook was created. Contrasting the fixed posture sequence of Ashtanga, Vinyasa Workbook is designed for the free spirits amongst you who don’t like to be bound within a set of strict rules of sequencing as found in Ashtanga Yoga, for those who need more force in their yoga and aim for a vigorous powerful sequence. Feel free to choose your own sequence of asanas as you see fit breathing yourself into being along the way.
Vinyasa yoga is a broader yoga term describing the way yoga is performed and can be applied to various styles. It is also often referred to as “power yoga” and the name itself translates as “arranging something in a special way”. In Vinyasa yoga the movement synchronizes to the breath and is also known as “flow yoga”, as the poses flow and become like a dance and is defined as conscious effort and attention on movement. The poses come as spaces of possibility and are grouped, not in order, but into categories such as standing and seated poses, backbends, inversions, arm balances and resting poses. This variable nature will help avoid the repetitive motion injuries and develop a more balanced body musculature.
Philosophically, Vinyasa is here to teach the temporary and transient nature of things as we enter a pose, stay there a bit and then leave. Everything moves, changes and shifts and it is here to teach that you must gracefully learn to accept change and the transitions between them. One of the benefits is that, if done correctly, it will induce the flow state – that which yogis define as the “effortless effort” where you are focused, present and connected to yourself and everything with congruence of mind, action and emotion. The bigger picture reflects an entire lifetime in Vinyasa while you move from child’s pose to death pose. How we enter, stay or leave the pose is reflective of how we accept and navigate the situations in life – how you move through it becomes more important than what you are presented with.
The Vinyasa yoga workbook contains 90 hand-sketched asanas, of which some are based on David Swenson’s Practice manual. As all other Looxa Workboks, its aim is to allow more time to be focused on the process of learning itself and give you a chance to note down your progress. The workbooks are printed strictly on non-bleached recycled paper, are in A5 format with soft covers and left pages contain the hand sketched asanas while the right ones are left for your notes and are equally suitable whether you are a teacher or a student, working in a group or alone, using it during teacher trainings, workshops or self-study.
We were all beginners at something and every master started out from the same place of beginnings, but now you have a tool to help you with the process. Happy practice, do your best and don’t stop trying. Success is a few simple disciplines repeated daily. Start today!
You can find more information and photos on the Vinyasa Yoga Workbook here.