Hatha Vinyasa Yoga combines two different disciplines. Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. Hatha is the union of “ha,” meaning sun, and “tha,” meaning moon and denotes the force of determined strength and effort required to unify opposing forces and bring together the body and the mind.
Hatha Vinyasa yoga is a combination of vinyasas (a series of connected movements through breath), asanas (poses), pranayamas (conscious breathing), meditation and relaxation.
A Hatha Vinyasa class consists of steady and flowing movement from pose to pose in a sequences of movements synchronized with breath, often pausing to hold poses for various lengths of time. Hatha Vinyasa therefore builds strength and flexibility through movement, while the conscious rythmic flow of the breath helps boost energy and health. Stillness (holding the poses) promotes focused mind and mental calm.
If you want a more active type of yoga, then yes. Strengthening and improving flexibility through postures, stretches and movements are a core part of the Hatha Vinyasa style. While there is a degree of intensity to this style of yoga, classes will respect the limits and capacities of every student and you will be encouraged to push yourself safely and within your own parameters. Make sure you choose the right level for you based on your own yoga experience.
Another important point to remember is that much of what you get out of the Hatha Vinyasa style will also depend on the individual teacher, as each teacher will design the sequences differently, based on their own practice, training and experience. Thus every class will have its own particular rythm and personality. Some Hatha Vinyasa classes are more relaxing while others are more dynamic. So you may want to try different classes with different teachers to see what works best for you.