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What Is Viniyoga?

'The essence of my father's teaching is this: it is not that the person needs to accommodate him- or herself to yoga, but rather the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person"

"Yoga serves the individual, and does so through inviting transformation rather than by giving information"

- T.K.V. Desikachar

There are different ways to explain what Viniyoga means. I find this one, published in the Yoga Well Institute's website, very clear and accessible:

"In Sanskrit, Viniyoga means “appropriate application”. It is a holistic healing discipline that addresses the entire person (body, breath, mind, behaviors, emotions, & spirit) in an interconnected way. In this tradition, the tools of Yoga: āsana (movement & body position), prāṇāyāma (breathing), mantra, Vedic chanting, meditation, and more are modified to meet the individual needs and capacities of each person.

As such, this discipline offers a broad range of tools for supporting health, promoting healing, and facilitating personal development and transformation." (