We at YOGO.tv, get a lot of questions regarding what style of yoga to pick when doing online yoga with us. So I thought I would help with a bit of an explanation of Vinyasa or Flow Yoga.
The word "Vinyasa" in Sanskrit (ancient Indian language used often in a yoga class) means, to place in a special way.
So when you chime on to YOGO.tv to do your daily or weekly yoga class and you click on a "Vinyasa" class please know that the teachers have sequenced the class in a specific way, so you can;
1. Open & stretch a particular area of your body
2. Cultivate a specific feeling within your body/heart
3. Create internal heat (Sweat/detox)
Which is why even within this particular style of yoga, you can experience a variety of different poses, sequences and even descriptions.
The Vinyasa method comes from the more traditional practice of yoga called "Ashtanga" yoga. Ashtanga yoga was created by a man named Pattabhi Jois, from Mysore India. This style of yoga has 6 specific series. With the guidance of a teacher (Guru) the students is given a series to practice daily, till their teacher advances them to the next posture or series of poses. The focus of these sequential series is on the breath and letting the breath lead you through the practice. It is a very vigorous practice, as you usually don't hold the postures longer than 5 breathes which creates a ton of internal heat (sweat in other words). Not only is Vinyasa Yoga a derivative of Ashtanga yoga, but also "Flow" yoga comes from the same roots. To learn more about Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga yoga, check out his website http://kpjayi.org.
So the next time you decide to kick up your yoga practice and groove to a vinyasa style of yoga class, please consider the special way in which your teacher is guiding you and know that the way in which you place things can be special even off the yoga mat. It just takes an intention and mindfulness.
Helping you find the yoga right for YOU,