Viniyoga yoga is a gentle yoga style that has been developed by Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar.
A descendant of the legendary 9th century yogi Nathamuni, Krishnamacharya’s Viniyoga is firmly rooted in his lifetime scholarship of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Viniyoga encourages the student to practice the posture work so that it follows the appropriate movement for the individual’s body and situation. This facilitates the function of the posture over its form.
It is a yoga style that allows all aspects of yoga to adapt to the needs of the student integrating movement, breathing and awareness in order to improve both physical and mental health. It encourages the individual to then move toward stretching their abilities thus enhancing their state of attention. This develops an ability to become more positively responsive to external situations and also acts as therapy to maintain optimum health in body and mind.
Desikachar says, “Like everything, Yoga must be presented intelligently. It should be spoken of carefully and offered with due regard for the aspirations, needs and cultural background of the individual. This must be achieved in stages. The appropriate application of Yoga – involving physical exercises, deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, food, studies and so forth – is, for me, what is represented by the word Viniyoga.”