Vinyāsa is a Sanskrit term often employed in relation to certain styles of yoga, that usually refers to a transition between two different positions.
Like many Sanskrit words, vinyāsa has many meanings; nyasa denotes “to place” and vi denotes “in a special way.”
The term “Vinyāsa” can also be used to reference a style of yoga practiced as one breath, tied to one movement.
It denotes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, connected to breath or pranayama in which yoga and mudra transitions are embodied as linkages within and between asana.
Vinyasa is also employed as a noun to describe the sequence of poses that are performed between Adho Mukha Svanasanas or Downward Facing Dog as part of a Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation sequence.
Though this is more correctly termed half-vinyasa as full-vinyasa returns to complete standing asana or positions.