Vinyasa flow yoga is a creative form of yoga. Yoga poses are linked together with the breath in a flowing sequence.
The beauty of Vinyasa yoga is the variety. There is no standard sequence in Vinyasa yoga, so the style, pace and intensity will all vary depending on the teacher. In vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa. The spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is cued by an inhalation or an exhalation of the breath.
What to expect
Vinyasa allows for a lot of variety, but will almost always include sun salutations. Expect to move, sometimes vigorously, from pose to pose. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes advanced poses, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher and the particular style in which he or she is trained. Some classes include some warm-up stretches at the beginning while others launch straight into standing poses.
The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides you with a calming, mental focal point.
The continual movements, from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit creating internal heat.
Increased strength and flexibility - whether slow or fast-paced, Vinyasa classes are a great workout for your body.