Vinyasa Yoga is creative, fluid, challenging and fun. The teacher improvises dynamic sequences drawn from the infinite possibilities of yoga postures. Vinyasa, literally translated as "placing (the limbs) in motion", describes yoga practice that synchronizes breath and movement. It is the foundation for many of today's yoga styles.
Vinyasa combined with ujjayi (a breathing technique) and bandhas (internal "locks") helps to focus the mind, build strength and stamina, and create heat to improve flexibility, reduce fat and eliminate toxins. Because Saturday morning's Vinyasa class with Cathy Louise
blends intermediate and some advanced poses at a vigorous pace, it is not suitable for beginners.
Cathy Louise's flowing vinyasa style is based on classes she used to teach at London's Triyoga center – classes that she informally called her "swirly yoga." She typically begins her class with a variety of sun salutations, progresses through a range of asanas, including arm balances, backbends and inversions, and ends with a deep relaxation.