Vinyasa Flow explained

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing terminology of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ explains what your yoga-loving friends and teachers mean when they say hatha, kundalini, iyengar, yin, etc.

Find us here, every Tuesday, quenching the curiosity surrounding a bizarre yogi word.

This week’s term:

Vinyasa Flow

Pronounced “vin-YAH-sah”, this style of yoga practice emphasises smooth, fluid, movement-intensive sessions. Vinyasa teachers generally choreograph their classes – playing music alongside the movements – to create fun and smooth transitions from pose to pose.

Physical difficulty: Vinyasa Flow is similar in intensity to Ashtanga, requiring mental and physical focus as you work through a series of poses. It requires a bit more athleticism than Iyengar yoga, but is still great for any skill level.

Best part of Vinyasa Flow: If you love diversity in your exercise, Vinyasa Flow is definitely for you! No two Vinyasa classes are the same, so you can break routine and test your physical limits.

If you feel like taking your yoga practice and learning beyond the studio, check out some yoga holidays and retreats and indulge your inner yogini/yogi.

Last week’s term: Ashtanga Yoga