What is Vinyasa yoga?
All physical practices of yoga can be described as "Hatha yoga", and they all share the same goal of unifying the body, mind, and spirit. Today, with the numerous yoga styles available, Hatha yoga commonly refers to a gentle and slow paced form of yoga with no flow between poses.
The main differences between Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga is the way Vinyasa yoga is performed in a continuous flow. The movements in Vinyasa yoga are always synchronized with the breath, and the transitions in and out of the poses are just as important as the poses themselves. To generalize, one can say that the inhale brings forth upward movements while the exhale correlate with downward movements. This may vary and can be switched around to support the individual in the best way possible.
Vinyasa yoga originally derives from the practice of Ashtanga yoga - a fast paced, intense style of hatha yoga that was brought to the west by Sri K. Patthabi Jois. It is from Ashtanga yoga that many of todays more dynamic and vigorous yoga styles were formed. Unlike Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga does not follow a set series of poses, and the playful, flowing way to sequence a Vinyasa class has led to the term Vinyasa Flow yoga or just Flow yoga.
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