The Vinyasa Breakdown With Rachel Brathen

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During our first yoga class with Rachel Brathen in Costa Rica, she kept repeating a word that I at first didn’t understand.  For someone who had only taken a few yoga classes beforehand, I had no idea what “Vinyasa” meant, or what it was. Luckily, Rachel had prepared a special workshop for us that afternoon that would teach us everything we needed to know about practicing the Vinyasa.

What I love about yoga is that it teaches your body how to flow and how to balance. As you inhale and exhale, your movements start to be in unison with your breath. Learning the Vinyasa was challenging for me at first. You need a lot of upper body strength to flow into the series of poses, and it works arm muscles that I didn’t even know existed. One thing Rachel taught us is that yoga has a lot to do with muscle memory. The first time you twist or turn into a new pose, your body might not like it. As you move your body into those poses over time, the new muscles you are working will begin to remember the way they moved. Each time you try that new pose, it will become easier and easier for your body to master. After doing the Vinyasa a couple of times with Rachel’s guidance, my arms began to strengthen and eventually I could flow smoothly throughout the four poses: High Plank, Chaturanga, Upward Facing Dog, and Downward Facing Dog.

Check out the video below and watch Rachel Brathen talk us through the full breakdown of the Vinyasa!

1) High Plank

High Plank

2) Chaturanga

Chaturanga

3) Upward Facing Dog

downward facing dog

4) Downward Facing Dog

downward facing dog

Thank you, Rachel!

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Juliette Laura -June 9, 2014, 1:00PM

Love this! Taught a class based on this the other day :)

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Susan Jizba -June 9, 2014, 3:21PM

I love yoga!! watching this makes me want to do a vinyasa or two during my lunchtime !!! It just feels so wonderful to s t r e t c h >>> m o v e >>>>> and b r e a t h s l o w l y and m i n d f u l l y throughout the day !!!! Thank you for sharing!

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Miss Jane -June 9, 2014, 4:10PM

I’ve been loving all your posts about your Costa Rican adventures. Just out of curiosity, was the trip open to the public?

Ally -June 9, 2014, 5:11PM

I love this , & I love Rachel !!!
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Claire-Line -June 9, 2014, 7:11PM

Thank you for this video, tomorrow I’ll start my day with the Vinyasa!
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Arianne -June 9, 2014, 10:02PM

so.. all of these put pressure/weight on your wrists. I just recently had tendonitis on my wrists… is there modifications for these poses???

Arianne

Suzy -June 10, 2014, 6:09PM

I follow Rachel Brathen on Instagram and she is amazing! Namaste, y’all. :)

Alicia -June 11, 2014, 4:14AM

What is the music track used in the video? So soothing…
Would love to have this one on my playlist :)

Tiffany -June 11, 2014, 12:23PM

Great video! Very simple and sweet! I love that this was filmed in Costa Rica, home of the yogis. I was bit by the yogi bug in Costa Rica, and when returned home, pursued and completed my 200-Hour Teacher Training. Thank you for this video! Beautifully done.

Tiffany -June 11, 2014, 12:24PM

Great video! Very simple and sweet! I love that this was filmed in Costa Rica, home of the yogis. I was bit by the yogi bug in Costa Rica, and when returned home, pursued and completed my 200-Hour Teacher Training. Thank you for this video! Beautifully done.
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Cat -June 11, 2014, 2:21PM

Love Rachel!!!

Brishette -June 11, 2014, 5:01PM

This is such a beautiful breakdown and video. Very clear and easy to understand for any level. I posted it! Thank you!

john -September 17, 2014, 7:57AM

Nice post Jana; good explanation.
Where did you go in Costa Rica. I’m almost on my why over there: will be teaching yoga here and there. May be the resort you went to is a good spot as well.
Thx.
John

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