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  1. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
    May 5, 2014

    I definitely wouldn’t have been able to define that word, but it makes sense. And yes, that is the style I have taken the most of. What type of yoga is the one with the crazy difficult poses? Is there a class that specializes in that or no? Less flowy, more challenge poses?
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    • Christine Yu
      May 5, 2014

      There isn’t necessarily a style that specializes in crazy difficult poses. I think that it depends a lot on the teacher. For example, there are a lot of vinyasa classes that work towards a peak pose which is generally something challenging but you work throughout class to get your body ready for that pose. There are series in the ashtanga practice that go through some pretty advanced postures too.
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  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    May 5, 2014

    I love vinyasa! My favorite instructor makes her flow yoga feel like a dance. She also explains what taking a vinyasa means,, which is nice. I actually feel like I know what I’m doing when another instructor says it :-)
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  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    May 5, 2014

    I remember the first few yoga classes I took, looking around the studio at everyone else when the teacher said “take a vinyasa.” I thought we were? I do love a good flow!
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  4. Allie
    May 5, 2014

    I love a good vinyasa! This is a good one because it can definitely be confusing. I know I was in my first few classes!!
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  5. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    May 5, 2014

    I seriously love your series Christine! Furthers my own practice. Thank you!
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  6. Tara Newman
    May 5, 2014

    Oh, those first few weeks of newbie yoga are so confusing. Like a stranger in a strange land. I used to be a big Ashtangi but stepped back to Vinyasa flow classes. The studio I went to liked a 4 day a week commitment for Mysore and I just didn’t have that in my schedule after baby #2.
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  7. Jennifer FIsher
    May 5, 2014

    Ohh, this is good to know! I am a sporadic neophyte yogi who never knows what anything means!
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  8. lindsay Cotter
    May 5, 2014

    it’s my favorite practice.. and now i know why!
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  9. —->CARLA
    May 5, 2014

    I had no no no clue.
    LOVE this series, Christine.
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  10. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    May 5, 2014

    That is so helpful! I’ve never had a teacher say “take a vinyasa” but I’m usually in the beginner classes where they’re explaining everything anyway. Love this series!
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  11. Linz @ Itz Linz
    May 5, 2014

    i do like flow style better but i always enjoy a short vinyasa at the end! :)
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  12. Coco
    May 5, 2014

    Oh, lucky for me my instructors always have led us through each one, at least the first few times.
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  13. misszippy
    May 5, 2014

    This is such a great series…love learning more about yoga. I do love flow yoga. For whatever reason, it is the right fit for me. I’m very excited b/c soon we’ll have a local summer flow class outdoors!
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  14. Tamara
    May 5, 2014

    That clears it up for me! I love the idea. That seems like a good fit for me when I finally, finally try yoga.
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  15. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
    May 5, 2014

    Ashtanga is my go to yoga class, so there’s obviously lots of vinyasas. I love knowing exactly what’s coming next.
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  16. Katrina Elle
    May 5, 2014

    I LOVE FLOW classes – my fave!
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  17. Taylor @ LiftingRevolution
    May 5, 2014

    Makes perfect sense! I have often wondered about it as Dan is going through his yoga education!
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  18. Jody – Fit at 56
    May 5, 2014

    Love reading these posts & hope to be able to afford classes one day. There are places near my home so.. & one had a seniors discount! :)
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    • Christine Yu
      May 5, 2014

      That’s great that they offer a seniors discount! I do hope that you can find an affordable place to practice!
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  19. Kim
    May 5, 2014

    Interesting! I’m a total idiot and thought Vinyasa actually was the name for the series of moves – see, learning every time you share about yoga!!
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    • Christine Yu
      May 5, 2014

      It is! Vinyasa does refer to a specific series of moves (chaturanga, upward facing dog and downward facing dog) but it also is a style of yoga AND means something specific in sanskrit :-) So many meanings!
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  20. Brittany@ Delights and Delectables
    May 6, 2014

    I love this series of yours. Seriously… i knew NOTHING about yoga until now!
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  21. Britt@MyOwnBalance
    May 6, 2014

    I love this series Christine! Vinyasa is my favorite form of yoga. I love the flow style. I have two questions: 1.) What does open your heart mean? I hear that a lot, especially in anusara yoga. 2.) Can you explain pranayama breathing. Why is it important? What are the benefits?
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    • Christine Yu
      May 6, 2014

      I love those two questions Brittany! I will definitely talk about them in an upcoming post in this series. Short story on “open your heart” – can mean a couple of different things depending on the context in which it’s used in class. It could be a general physical cue to open up the front of the body and across the chest. Or it be more emotional/metaphysical i.e. open your heart (and yourself) to the moment or experience. Anurasa focuses a lot on this and thus tends to use a lot of language around the heart.
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  22. Sandra Laflamme
    May 7, 2014

    I love vinyasa flow yoga. I love finding out more of the meaning behind the words in yoga practice. I haven’t taken a class in awhile but it would definitely help me to loosen from all of my running.

    • Christine Yu
      May 12, 2014

      I’m glad that you found this post helpful and interesting!
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  23. Jess
    May 9, 2014

    Vinyasa classes are my favorite, I had no clue what it meant! I haven’t been to yoga in too long, I miss it!
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