Mandala Vinyasa Yoga is a form of Vinyasa yoga that uses circular patterns and movements to create a dynamic and flowing practice. The word “mandala” means “circle” in Sanskrit, and the practice is named for the circular, spiral-like patterns that are created by moving the body around the mat.
In Mandala Vinyasa Yoga, the practice is structured around a central point on the mat, and the movements flow outward in all directions. The practice often includes four quarters, each of which is associated with a different element, such as earth, water, fire, and air. Each quarter may also be associated with a different aspect of the self, such as the physical body, the emotions, the mind, and the spirit.
The movements in Mandala Vinyasa Yoga are often sequenced in a way that builds heat and strength in the body, and the circular patterns help to open the hips and create space in the spine. The practice may include a variety of standing, seated, and inverted postures, as well as breathwork, meditation, and chanting.
Mandala Vinyasa Yoga is said to help practitioners connect with the cyclical nature of life and the universe, and to cultivate a sense of balance, harmony, and flow. It is often practiced in a group setting, and the circular movements and patterns can create a sense of community and connection among practitioners.