Vinyasa and Hatha Flow yoga link the postures (asanas) practiced in a regular Hatha class into a sequence of movements that “flow” with the breath in a series. Vinyasa and Hatha Flow classes feature asanas that are linked with the breath with very little rest between postures. Both styles are taught in a warm room (78-84 degrees) and rely on focusing the breath with movement to increase focus, strength, balance and flexibility. Vinyasa differs from Hatha Flow in that it also incorporates use of drishtis, Sanskrit terminology, binds, longer holds, inversions and arm balances. The majority of the class is focused on linking breath with movement, but advanced postures may be workshopped throughout.
Vinyasa uses vigorous flows of postures to warm the body, focus the mind, increase flexibility and build strength and stamina. Classes are taught in a warm room (78-84 degrees), and students should expect to move continuously throughout the majority of the class. Familiarity with Hatha and the basics of Hatha Flow is required.