Viniyoga is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. As a style of practice, viniyoga refers to an approach to Yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of the individual – giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation.

The practices of Yoga provide the means to bring out the best in each practitioner. This requires an understanding of a person’s present condition, personal potential, appropriate goals and the means available. Just as every person is different, these aspects will vary with each individual.

This approach to yoga evolved out of the teachings transmitted by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar of Madras, India.


The most unique aspect of viniyoga over other disciplines is the level at which a viniyoga program is customized to the individual. So the answer is yes, viniyoga can be used by any and all ages without fear of being treated the same as everyone else in the class. All bodies are different, and classes where all people are treated the same ignores any special needs any one person might have.

Why Yoga Works, TKV Desikachar, Viniyoga


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