VINYASA YOGA 

The term vinyasa usually describes a specific sequence of breath-synchronized movements which provide a transition between sustained postures. It can also mean setting an intention for one's personal yoga practice and taking the steps toward reaching that goal.

Physical yoga practice (hatha yoga) is an invitation to meet ourselves on the mat and to deepen our experience of being alive and fully “at home” in the moment. Yoga is about NOW and the relationship we have with ourselves in the present. As we learn to lengthen the breath and stretch our limbs, we also learn to draw deep in to the energetic core of the body and to engage musculature that supports the joints and brings lightness and strength to our movement. 

A thread of breath illuminates the practice with radiance and expansion on the inhale, rooting down into foundation on the exhale…. a constant flow that gradually unlocks the knots and tensions we carry. Purifying inner heat is produced and helps to release toxins from the system, leading to greater vitality, health and self-respect. Our yoga practice can be seen as a metaphor for how we live day to day, and gives us tools to constantly explore  and deepen the relationship we have with ourselves - and the world  around us.

There are three techniques fundamental to this practice:

Ujjaii breath – a simple but powerful breathing technique or pranayam.

Bandhas or core ‘locks' - engaging specific musculature to cultivate energetic flow.

Drishti – the soft gaze of the eyes that harnesses attention, encourages inner focus and quietens the mind.

Students of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga will recognize these techniques and indeed, some other similarities. A vinyasa class differs however in that it can be creatively sequenced to have a specific developmental theme or to be inclusive to students with different needs. The forms are flowing and the focus is still primarily on the breath, so there are many benefits and some new challenges even for the seasoned ashtangi.

Vinyasa yoga is a generally taught as a dynamic style that with regular practice will develop core strength, stamina and flexibility, increased focus and body/mind awareness, improved alignment and hugely increased levels of health and general well-being. Classes are accessible to all with modifications and alternatives given where necessary. Classes can also include prananyama, meditation and the more “internal” aspects of yoga practice.