Viniyoga 101

Appropriate application of the tools of yoga

Try an online class and experience for yourself the magic of breath and movement and how it can change the way you practice and teach. Our experienced teachers are happy to guide you through basic practices to help manage your physical, physiological, and mental/emotional self.

Viniyoga is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of the teachings of yoga including āsanaprāṇāyāmabandha, sound, chanting, meditation, personal ritual and study of texts. Viniyoga (prefixes vi and ni plus yoga) is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiationadaptation, and appropriate application.

tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ
Patañjali Yoga Sūtra III.6

The American Viniyoga Institute uses the term Viniyoga to refer to an approach to yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual – giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation.

Current classes:

Breath & Movement with Julie – Mondays at 12:30pmET

Breath Adaptations to Enhance Energy
Posture Adaptation for Upper and Lower Body
Working with Stay in Postures
Working with Repetition
Envelope Breathing

Breath & Movement with Stephanie – Tuesdays at 6pmET

Coming in February – Viniyoga on the Chair
Stress Reduction
Lateral Stretch
Backbends and Building Inhale
Twisting

What distinguishes Viniyoga from other forms of yoga?

There are four points that characterize the main difference between the Viniyoga approach and most other forms of āsana practice:

Function Over Form

The emphasis on function rather than form in āsana practice, and the science of adapting the forms of the postures to achieve different results.

Breath and Adaptation

The emphasis on breath as the medium for movement in āsana, and the science of adapting the pattern of breathing in āsana to produce different effects.

Repetition and Stay

The use of repetition into and out of the postures, as well as holding the postures.

Art and Science of Sequencing

The refined art and science of sequencing which allows teachers to create practices of different orientation, length, and intensity to suit the intention and context of each practice and/or practitioner