We all have these days every now and then: you wake up at 4 am and can’t get back to sleep; your daughter misses the school bus, so you have to drop her off, and it causes you to be 10 minutes late for work. By 11:30 am, you are feeling weary and frazzled. You need a lunch break pick me up. A Rock Vinyasa yoga class at WYC is here to save the day!
Oftentimes when we are having a rough day, our inclination is to reach for some junk food, or lie down to take a nap. But think about how much better you feel after a good challenging workout. Your brain is refreshed by oxygenated blood, and you feel deeply rewarded because you know you have done something good for yourself. Rock Vinyasa yoga is offered every week day from 12:00 to 1:00, giving you the perfect midday, lunch hour pick-me-up. The combination of upbeat rock music with strong, invigorating movements makes for a fun and energetic class.
What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa yoga classes are thusly named because “vinyasa” is a Sanskrit word that means “uniting breath with movement.” Today, when used to describe a style of yoga, it is often translated as “flow.” In Vinyasa yoga the movements are liquid, flowing and connected. This allows your body to build heat, and also raises your heart rate, so that you effectively complete a cardio workout while stretching, lengthening and toning your muscles. Vinyasa yoga has many awesome mental and physical benefits, because of which it is even practiced by several professional sports teams, including the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Where does the rock come in?
Combined with rock music, Vinyasa becomes a playful, creative flow. You’ll work through strengthening asanas such as Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Virabhadrasana I and II (Warrior I and II); and restorative asanas such as Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose). As your breath connects your movements, you will work through every major muscle group, deeply strengthening then relaxing each one. You’ll end with Savasana (Corpse Pose) to leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.
One of the best things about Rock Vinyasa is that it’s just downright fun. You may practice to rock, reggae, or pop. The upbeat tunes will keep you moving and working hard. There’s nothing like a great workout disguised as an hour of music and dance!
Get your own lunch hour pick-me-up, and check out a Rock Vinyasa class at the Wilmington Yoga Center!
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