Definition of vinyasa in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /vɪnˈjɑːsə/


[mass noun]
1Movement between poses in yoga, typically accompanied by regulated breathing.
Example sentences
  • ‘Research shows continuous yoga practice can produce similar benefits to that of aerobic exercise, especially when performing vinyasa or flow of the poses,’ he says.
  • This vinyasa creates heat in your body, which softens your muscles and increases the range of motion in your hips, shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, toes and the entire spine.
  • In OM yoga we use the tidal quality of the breath to initiate each movement and we join them all together in flowing sequences traditionally called vinyasa.
1.1A method of yoga in which vinyasa movements form a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath.
Example sentences
  • More vigorous forms of yoga, such as vinyasa and ashtanga, promote strength and stamina as well as flexibility and relaxation.
  • Several traditional yoga styles - kundalini, ashtanga and vinyasa, for example - are offered as well as hybrid styles, including Yogilates, a hatha-yoga-and-Pilates combo.
  • Most vinyasa, or flowing-style, yoga classes, such as Ashtanga, OM, or Jivamukti, include breathing as part of the instruction for every pose and every transition between the poses.


Sanskrit vinyāsa 'movement, position (of limbs)'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: vin|yasa

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.