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Differences between Vinyasa Yoga and Iyengar Yoga

In a previous article, we explained the difference between Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. Today, we decided to tackle a new yoga practice, Iyengar Yoga, and see how it differs from Vinyasa Yoga.

First, we will summarize what Vinyasa Yoga is and what its benefits are in everyday life. Then, we will provide you with a definition of Iyengar Yoga . We will discuss its benefits for the body and mind . Afterwards, we will provide a summary of yogic practices. By summarizing the various types of yoga, this summary will guide you in your choice of the type of yoga class. We will end with a chapter devoted to the fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga.

Vinyasa Yoga: Definition and Benefits

A yogic practice inspired by Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by its dynamic side and its creative freedom in terms of sequence of postures. This yoga results from the codification of an ancient manuscript by the yogi master Shri K. Pattabhi, in 1930.

Derived from the Sanskrit words “Vinya” (to place) and “vi” (special way), Vinyasa Yoga is a practice that seeks to precisely place the body through constant awareness of each movement. This discipline is considered by experts to be a sequence of awareness through posture.

This yoga is also a yoga that gives a prominent place to the work of breathing and breath. This allows to stimulate the sequence of postures. It is also called "Yoga Flow" in the West.

Compared to other styles of yoga such as Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga is distinguished by a more sporty aspect and a succession of postures that is much more rhythmic and sustained. A very physical yoga, Vinyasa requires a lot of effort and energy, unlike Iyengar Yoga whose postures are much more static and less free.

On a physical level, Vinyasa Yoga is known for benefits such as increased strength and endurance. This yogic practice also promotes the stretching of muscle areas, strengthens balance and flexibility and helps to refine the silhouette. On a psychological level, this yoga is known for its stimulation of relaxation and concentration during the sequences. Finally, it helps to significantly reduce stress.


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