Vinyasa yoga is rooted in Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. It is at the same time open to the influence of Iyengar Yoga, Anusara Yoga and Internal Martial Arts such as Tai Chi and Qigong. It is not a rigid or fixed system. This allows the space for creative yet safe sequencing and, for the focus and intention of each class to be different. Broadly speaking, Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) forms the basic of the structure of the class, movements are consciously synchronized with the breath and certain asana (postures) are held for longer periods. Although Vinyasa can be a physically challenging and strong practice, the focus at Darshan is always Internal.
Yin Yoga is a quiet, simple, still and restorative form. Its essence is surrender. It developed in response to the heat-building and blood pumping Yang styles of Yoga and the frenetic pace of our modern daily lives. Poses are generally held for longer times with the focus on yielding to gently and slowly lengthen muscles and connective tissue / fascia. It is a wonderful practice for joint health, restoring energy and calming the nervous system.