The sanskrit translation of Vinyasa is Nyasa “to place” Vi “in a special way.” The essence of Vinyasa yoga is the method of linking the breath to the movement of the body in a smooth flow. It’s like a melodic symphony moving with with ease with elegant transitions the breath happens with the movement, one doesn’t happen without the other – breath and movement, this is a Vinyasa.
Without the breath there is no Vinyasa. It becomes a crucial component because you will be instructed to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale so it’s important that the inhalation and exhalation of the breath is consistently even, smooth and deep. It assists with the rhythm of the Vinyasa flow and generates heat warming the muscles and detoxifying the system.