Vinyasa yoga is an energetic type of yoga that requires a certain sequence of poses. The term ‘Vinyasa’ means ‘flow,’ but sometimes the word may be confusing even for advanced yoga practitioners. In general Vinyasa yoga is defined as a series of various poses that can be done on an even and natural move from one pose to another without significant breaks between them. In other yoga practices Vinyasa may refer to an established series of sun salutation poses that can be done as a short yoga routine or used for warming up at the beginning of yoga classes.
More advanced yoga practitioners can learn performing Vinyasa sequences much faster and easier. Beginners, who are just starting their yoga routine and are still following directions of their instructors or refer to pictures, should better look for some other type of yoga because it would be difficult for them to keep to the energetic rhythm of the flow yoga sequences.
If you’re experienced at a great variety of yoga poses you are free to create your own Vinyasa sequence, do not include particular series of asanas, though it is essential to stick to an established order. Vinyasa sequence usually starts with sun salutation that is followed by various standing poses like crescent, triangle, or warrior along with side bends. Then you should go to balancing poses and move forward with standing forward- and backbends, abdominal poses, various inversions and hip openers. Seated bends and twists are followed by sleeping poses and the whole set ends with savasana and meditations.
Try to set up your Vinyasa practice in order for it to last no longer than 90 minites. You should start with sun salutations and end with savasana but in between you can focus on improving particular area of the body or follow your emotional needs. It can be helpful to study benefits of yoga poses to create a needed sequence.
In Vinyasa practice it is essential to fit poses in such way so you can follow from one to another without significant breaks in the most natural way. For example, cobra position is a perfect start for the locust or the bow while warrior can be easily transformed into triangle or extended side bend. Finding a useful and comfortable sequence takes a lot of time but it provides you with advanced practice and stronger body.