Vinyasa literally translates to movement linked through breath. With each movement a breath will then link you to the following movement . It can be a beautiful dance of yoga poses smoothly transitioning from one to the next. It is a more contemporary form of yoga, popular with its free flowing nature interpreted by the instructor leading. Influenced by strength building, or dance, flexibility or inversions, one can expect to travel on a journey of movement and music.
Classical form of yoga. Sri K Pattabhi Jois was taught and popularized this form of yoga he learned from T. Krishnamacharya. Ashta meaning 8 and anga translating to limb, it is an eight limbed practice. A physical practice that requires great discipline it will encourage health, strength, and great flexibility within the body. A demanding practice that asks you to be completely present, anyone is capable of practicing old, young, sick, well. Guruji is quoted as saying "just not the lazy"! Ashtanga is a set series that grows as the student becomes focused and ready, as well as physically more proficient.
This method of yoga emphasizes vinyasa, the linking of breath and movement, creating heat and purification within the physical body. Using a method called tristana. Breath, drishti and bandha make up the 3 in tristana. Breathing a specific way to focus the mind within the present moment. Drishti, is our looking point also encouraging great focus in the present. Bandha being an internal locking or valve system that we lift or release to direct energy within the body.