The word ‘Vinyasa’ means ‘flow’ in Sanskrit. It is a breath-synchronized movement in this style. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic posture that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. It connects movement and breath. Essentially the breath dictates the movement and the length of time held in the postures. When compared to Hatha yoga, attention is also placed on the journey between the postures not just the postures themselves. This is different Surya namaskar-the Sun Salutation. The entire practice is done by six specific series of postures, always done in the same order, combined with specific breathings like ujjayi breathing
The main purpose of Viṅyāsa Yoga is to increase the body temperature, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. It also improves flexibility, tendon and hard tissue strength.