Finally mustered the courage to get up really early to practice on this sweet platform on the Seine. After a much needed break from my Vinyasa practice, took it easy and worked on the foundational asanas and a couple of fun transitions too.
Recently, another teacher in the neighbourhood apparently stated that Vinyasa is a really difficult practice and I do not agree with this in the least. It is a DYNAMIC practice indeed and should be approached with attention but difficult? Only if you make it so. Granted some people should take time to become familiar with asana through a more relaxing practice before jumping into Vinyasa (i.e. people with back pain, injuries, or absolutely no connection with their bodies) but usually with the guidance of a good teacher and the willingness to listen to and FOLLOW the cues given during the class either directly to you or in general, Vinyasa is not difficult. It builds strength, concentration, heat, detoxes the mind and body, and is powerful in opening up the channels of the subtle body.
If you have ever wondered about Vinyasa, please do not let these fancy videos of people floating around, jumping into handstands, or wrapping their legs around their neck deter you. For the most part, the practice is what you make it. You want to float, you'll maybe one day do so. You want to have a solid foundation- and alignment-based practice and not that interested in the hopping about on your hands, you can do that too. Do not let someone outside of yourself dictate your practice, if it is difficult, etc. Find your inner yogi and go with that. At the beginning and at the end of the day, this practice is yours.
life, peace, and prosperity through movement.