What is Vinyasa Flow Yoga?

Nyasa means “to place” and, with the prefix Vi, it means “to place in a special way”.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is usually a flowing sequence of breath-synchronised movement – moving from one pose to another on an inhale or exhale. There are many different types of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but the best known is Ashtanga Yoga which follows a set sequence of poses. Some Vinyasa Flow classes don’t follow a set sequence, but the common thread for this style of yoga is the idea of moving on the breath.  


Go to Vinyasa Flow Yoga if you want: 

Physical yoga poses 

Flowing movement 

Breath-synchronised movement 

Cardio fitness 


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Watch a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class 


Who was Vinyasa Flow Yoga founded by? 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga was first systematised by Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.  


When was Vinyasa Flow Yoga founded? 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga was created in the early 20th Century.

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