The word Vinyasa means arranging something in a special way. Vinyasa yoga flow means practicing yoga poses in a special sequence. While practising vinyasa flow, people coordinate movements with breath to flow from one pose to another. Jivamukti, Power Yoga, Prana Flow, Baptiste Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga can all be considered Vinyasa yoga.
Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward Dog) commonly performed during the Vinyasa flow.
Vinyasa flow helps to develop a balanced body and prevent injuries. Vinyasa defines the temporary nature of things – we enter into a posture for a while and then release.
The practice of Vinyasa is said to begin to T Krishnamacharya.
Characteristics of Vinyasa flow yoga
– Vinyasa flow connects one posture to the next with proper breathing. It’s linking and flowing of postures, which is why it is called flow yoga.
– Transitions are what connect one posture with the other in Vinyasa.
– Vinyasa flow is represented by the beat of your heart and inhale/exhale of your breath.
– The breath initiates the movement of Vinyasa that is why it is referred to as breath-synchronized practice.
– The breathing technique used while performing the flow is Ujjayi breath. It is done by inhaling and exhaling in a rhythmic manner through the nose.
– Vinyasa yoga is a complete yoga class as it typically moves through all the various asana families in a single session.