Vinyasa yoga is not a system and does not follow a clear lineage, or leading guru. It is a contemporary style yoga inspired by the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition.
The name vinyasa is defined in many ways in Sanskrit. It consists of two words: nyasa which means l “to place”, “special order”, and “attention”, and vi, defined “specially”.
In the context of yoga, this is interpreted as ``to place with awareness``. The practice focuses on relationships between poses and, advancing from simpler to more complex asanas with the main purpose of awakening and sustaining consciousness/awareness.
Typically, a fast-paced practice, it can also be soft and gentle. There is no set sequence or a fixed series of poses. Classes are unique and creatively pieced together to encourage exploration of transitions and intuitive movement. It is meditation in motion through synchronised breath and movement.
With an urban lifestyle jumping from one activity to the next and my mind a reflection of that – discovering vinyasa yoga gave me the space to connect with myself through an energetic form of meditation. My journey has been building strength and endurance (physically and emotionally), moving with grace, and trusting my intuition. Each time I come on the mat, exploring different sequences allow me to rewire my mindsets and challenge my habitual movements.
I hope to share this transformative experience with you.