Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that can mean several things. We can break down the word into its root words to understand it a little bit better.
Okay you say…what else do you have for me?!
Yoga Journal has also defined Vinyasa to mean a ‘gradual progression, or a step-by- step approach, that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point [pose] and safely lands them at the next point [pose].’
Vinyasa Yoga is also described as the union of breath and movement.
So…Vinaysa Yoga means:
Connecting movement with breath? Yes.
Transitioning between postures with deliberate, flowing movement? Yes.
Placing your body in a special, intentional, mindful way? Yes.
Placing your breath in a special, intentional, mindful way? Yes.