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Class Profile: Vinyasa Yoga

To understand the term "Vinyasa," it's easiest to break it down into its ancient sanskrit roots to decode its meaning. Start with the second half of the word -- nyasa, which denotes "to place" and then add vi, which translates to "in a special way."

But like many Sanskrit words, vinyasa has many meanings. If you look up vinyasa on Wikipedia, you'll find a few basic definitions: 

  • The linking of body movement with breath
  • A specific sequence of breath-synchronized movements used to transition between sustained postures
  • Setting an intention for one's personal yoga practice and taking the necessary steps toward reaching that goal

While vinyasa is widely used in yoga, it typically describes as a sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous flow, creating a movement meditation that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to.  

Like most vinyasa-based yoga, our Vinyasa Yoga classes typically follow a predefined order of "asanas," or poses. A class comprises four main parts: an "opening sequence," one of the six main "series," a back-bending sequence, which is followed by a set of inverted asanas, referred to as the "finishing sequence." Practice always ends with "savasana," a resting pose.

And while Vinyasa Yoga follows this order, with hundreds of possible poses, one class will never be just like the next one you'll take.

When to find Vinyasa Yoga:

  • Mondays, 7:15 pm, with Kyle Boerema
  • Tuesdays, 10 am, with Dee Dee Knoche

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At i.d. gym, our popular Vinayasa Yoga classes -- now led by Gina Saka (pictured), one of the leading yoga instructors in Chicago -- are based on the classical yoga series developed by Pattabhi Jois, one of the leading practioners of yoga. In our classes, you'll build strength and flexibility while relieving stress and detoxifying your body through a challenging series of yoga poses designed to realign the body and lengthen the muscles.