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What is Viniyoga ?

Viniyoga

is not so much a name of a yoga, rather a methodology for developing personal practice, using asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting. Viniyoga respects the fact that as we grow, the methods we use in yoga must be modified and the very purpose of our practice changed. As children, our practice should support balanced growth and development of body and mind. As adults, our practice should protect health and promote the ability to be productive in the world. As seniors, our practice should help us maintain health and inspire the deeper quest for self-realization.
 

T.K.V. Desikachar, and his farther and teacher, T. Krishnamacharya, taught to respect totally each individual's physical, emotional and mental conditions and that we all have to work from where we are. The word Viniyoga suggests the ability to recognize these differences and to adapt the proper methods to each individual. Towards this end Krishnamacharya developed unique ways of working with breath, movement, sound, ritual and meditation. He taught principles through which these practices can be adapted and combined in different ways to address changing conditions on all levels of our body and mind. He brought clarity to the use of our body, breath, speech and mind through yoga to bring us into contact with our higher potentials. The Viniyoga lineage of Krishnamacharya is just becoming known in the West and these training programs are designed to bring forth more of this special teaching.

with the kind permission of the American Viniyoga Institute