Jivamukti, Power Yoga, Prana Flow, Baptiste Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga can all be considered Vinyasa yoga.
Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward Dog) commonly performed during the Vinyasa flow.
Vinyasa flow helps to develop a balanced body and prevent injuries. Vinyasa defines the temporary nature of things - we enter into a posture for a while and then release.
The practice of Vinyasa is said to begin to T Krishnamacharya.
Characteristics of Vinyasa flow yoga
- Vinyasa flow connects one posture to the next with proper breathing. It’s linking and flowing of postures, which is why it is called flow yoga.
- Transitions are what connect one posture with the other in Vinyasa.
- Vinyasa flow is represented by the beat of your heart and inhale/exhale of your breath.
- The breath initiates the movement of Vinyasa that is why it is referred to as breath-synchronized practice.
- The breathing technique used while performing the flow is Ujjayi breath. It is done by inhaling and exhaling in a rhythmic manner through the nose.
- Vinyasa yoga is a complete yoga class as it typically moves through all the various asana families in a single session.