Vinyasa flow Yoga
Vinyasa means synchronising movement of the body with the breath.
So in general, Vinyasa flow yoga is a flowing form of yoga that usualy begins with some type of Sun Salutations which are a flowing sequence of postures.
There are different types of Sun Salutations which can be seen at Yoga Postures
The SunSalutations loosen up the body with a series of forward bends, some gentle back bends, hip openers and generally build up heat in the body and prepare you for the more classical yoga postures.
After the SunSalutations, usually the teacher guides you through a series of classical yoga postures.
One does not stay long in each posture too long… maybe about 5 to 10 breaths, and then the instructor guides you onto the next posture.
Different types of Vinyasa Flow
Some teachers teach a very strong form of Vinyasa flow, and this is usually based upon Ashtanga yoga.
Other teachers use a more gentle flowing style which is suitable for everyone.
Niamh Jones uses a more Gentle style and although some of the sequences can be practiced like an ashtanga sequence, Niamh usually offers alternative and more gentle ways of practicing each one of the postures.
She teaches in a flowing sequence, and each person does whichever variation is right for them. So younger more fit practitioners, may opt for the challenging sequence, while those of us over 40 or over 50 may choose to follow her more gentle sequences.