Vinyasa refers to linking movement with breath. Vinyasa is a form of hatha yoga, where students move through a series of poses. This practice balances strength and flexibility in the physical body, and begins to bring a sense of stillness and clarity to the mind. Vinyasa yoga is active, heat-building and cleansing.
Vinyasa classes are suitable for those who are stable in their joints.
Yin yoga is slow, meditative and geared towards gaining flexibility rather than strength-building. Yin yoga works to gain flexibility in the connective tissues of the shoulders, hips, pelvis and spine. In yin yoga, students stay in single poses for 1 - 5 minutes at a time, gently settling into each pose and allowing the body to reap the benefits of each stretch. Yin is relaxing, calming and rejuvinating. Unlike vinyasa yoga, yin is not heat - building or active. Yin is a way to help the mind settle from our busy lives, and to begin to cultivate a meditative yoga practice.
Yin yoga is suitable for all.