What is Viniyoga


“The concept of the viniyoga of Yoga is a fundamental hallmark of the teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.
It is the application (viniyoga) of Yoga to the person rather than the person to Yoga.
It requires a profound understanding of only 3 numbers in order for it to work as intended by Krishnamacharya and Desikachar.
121.”

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Viniyoga is a Sanskrit word that has multiple meanings. 

In non-Hindu or Western context, viniyoga typically refers to the therapeutic style of hatha yoga as taught by T. K. V. Desikachar

Literal meanings include "separation", "detachment", and "leaving", but the common meanings include "employment", "use", and "application".[1] 

The root viniyuj  means "to use", "to employ", "to do", among other senses.[2]


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Viniyoga as a style of Hatha Yoga]

Indian yoga teacher Tirumalai Krishnamacharya developed this individualized yoga style, which came to be known as Viniyoga.[5][6] 

The term viniyoga had been used by T. K. V. Desikachar (son of Krishnamacharya) to describe his approach to utilizing the tools of yoga, in particular his conviction that yoga practice should be adapted to fit the individuality and particular situation of each practitioner.[7]  Viniyoga yoga was just as effective as conventional stretching exercise, and more effective than a self-care book for improving function and pain in patients with chronic low back pain.[9] 

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American Gary Kraftsow studied with Desikachar and founded the American Viniyoga Institute

The American Viniyoga Institute has this explanation of the term viniyoga: 

Viniyoga ™ is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of the teachings of yoga including asana, pranayama, bandha, 

sound, chanting, meditation, personal ritual and study of texts. 

Viniyoga ™ (prefixes vi and ni plus yoga) is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application.

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“The concept of the viniyoga of Yoga is a fundamental hallmark of the teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.

It is the application (viniyoga) of Yoga to the person rather than the person to Yoga.


viniyoga typically refers to the therapeutic style of hatha yoga as taught by T. K. V. Desikachar


“It is not possible for everyone to reach the same level of meditation (Dhyānam),
even meditation should be taught or presented in stages (viniyoga).
It should be used at a level suitable to the student and gradually increased,
start simply and increase in complexity.
This is dependant on the growth of the student and according to the purpose.”

– From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

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The viniyoga of Yoga is about Relationship……

Posted on January 31, 2014 by Paul Harvey

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The viniyoga of Yoga is the application of the principles that link together to offer possibilities to enhance your relationship with yourself through your practice. 

This opens the possibility that a deepening of your practice comes not from adding more difficult postures, 

but from refining your relationship with what you already have. 

Life is already full of pressures to go for the newest model, to bring more in from the outside rather than concentrating on bringing more out from the inside.  

So we need to take care that we do not become an avid consumer of a new posture or new technique purely for the sake of it. 

Yoga is a relationship within which you commit yourself to depth of involvement rather than breadth of involvement. 

In that sense, Yoga is no different from how any relationship with someone or something we care for and wish to spend time with should be.

From this relationship we can eventually start to experience the fruits that arise from the time, care, effort and attention. Perhaps keeping the following words of a 

teacher from long ago in our mind as we adapt Yoga to suit our particular needs:


“Only through Yoga Yoga is known, Only through Yoga Yoga changes. One who is patient at Yoga, enjoys the fruits over a long time.”

'Extract first published in 1996 in ‘The Guide to Natural Therapies’


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