The word “Vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” such as our bodies, which is pretty beautiful. In Vinyasa we coordinate movement with breath to flow from one Ashtanga-Vinyasa pose to the next, i.e. Vinyasa Flow. Poses are commonly transitioned with varying sun salutations, also called “vinyasas” or “flows”.
Yin yoga is a newer, slower type of yoga with asanas that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—releasing fascia and deepening flexibility while also cultivating a sense of oneself. In yoga, much of what we do is very yang, practicing high energy postures, building strength, setting goals and paying meticulous attention to our form. But in Yin we have a chance to close our eyes and connect. Listen. Finding stillness and ease, allowing your body to melt into each posture and meditating on emotions that come up make Yin a powerful practice that benefits us long after class is over.