The practice of asana (physical postures) in Hatha yoga approaches the postures gradually and meditatively, and combines the physical movement with conscious breathing. The practice reawakens an awareness and control of the body, but also has a profound effect spiritually, helping free us of fear, and helping to build confidence and serenity. Vinyasa translates as “placing something in a specific place” and in the tradition of Tiramula Krishnamacharya it refers to the integration and synchronization of the body, mind and breath according to a methodical sequence. Senior Ashtanga teacher and author Gregor Maehle defines vinyasa as:
“Sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous flow, creating a movement meditation that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to.”
Thus we can understand Hatha-Vinyasa as a series of postures (asanas) combined with the breath to form a sequence, and which may range in length and intensity depending on the practitioner.