Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which asanas (poses/postures) are linked together in a continuous flow and movements are made in time with the breath.
It evolved from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in America during the 1990s. Ashtanga (or ‘eight-limbed’ yoga) yoga is a structured form of yoga comprising six set sequences of asanas (poses) linked together with the breath.
As Ashtanga Yoga gained popularity in the 1990s, several yogis found themselves seeking less rigidity and more creativity in their practice. They began crafting varied asana flows, typically built around Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) sequences, and gave rise to Vinyasa Yoga.
With Vinyasa Yoga, each teacher brings their own personality and preferences to their sequencing and style, meaning that vinyasa classes vary widely and wonderfully.
Typically, my Vinyasa-based classes begin with pranayama (breathing practices) and then move through a thorough warm up section, a central flow or asana (posture) section (depending on the type of class), and a cool down. They end with relaxation which may involve guided relaxation or yoga nidra practices.
In all classes I focus on form and alignment and encourage the use of props (e.g. blocks, bricks, straps) to enable you get the most from your yoga practice. I give hands on assists to help you to move deeper into a posture or adjustments to help you towards the correct alignment in a pose.
Wherever possible, classes are accompanied by carefully crafted playlists.
For more information about my classes visit the Classes page.