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Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is creative, fluid, challenging and fun. The teacher is free to improvise dynamic sequences drawn from the infinite possibilities of yoga asanas. In Saturday's Level Two class, Cathy Louise blends intermediate and some advanced poses at a vigorous pace.

Her flowing vinyasa style is based on popular classes she taught at London's Triyoga center, classes she playfully called 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.

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.