Vinyasa means “a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next point.” In a Vinyasa yoga class, the teacher directs the student to move consciously with breath, often reminding them when to breath in, when to breath out. Vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive approach. Vinyasa teachers plan their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose, and often play music to support the mood and energy of the class.
Often the class is designed around a physical theme (like stabilising the hip joints) or designed to build to a ‘peak pose,’ such as a strong backbend or arm balance. If you are new to Vinyasa, begin with the Foundational Vinyasa class or one of our Iyengar Yoga Classes.