Vinyasa Flow is a style of Yoga based on the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga. It is a more westernised/modernised version of traditional styles of Yoga. The order of the poses is open to change and interoperation by the teacher. Vinyasa literally translated means ‘to place in a special way’. During a Vinyasa Flow Yoga practice it is the focus of linking movement with breath.
A Vinyasa Flow Yoga class consists of the following 5 main components:
- Asana: physical postures
- Vinyasa: refers to a specific sequence of poses that is performed between each asana
- Pranayama: Pranayama translated means breath control, the link between the mind and the body.
- Bandhas: Bandhas refer to different ‘locks’ that help to guide energy through the body. These locks assist with balance, stability and maintaining energy levels.
- Drishti: A gazing spot. Each asana has its own official drishti, this soft gaze creates mental focus during practice.