Since 1987, I’ve been practicing the methodology of Viniyoga, taught to me by T.K.V. Desikachar, and my many teachers, most especially, Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute. Viniyoga has been the heart of my personal practice and a model for my articles, books, and films.

Viniyoga is an extremely sophisticated approach to health and healing, that involves the dynamic interplay of movements, sounds, gestures, breathing techniques, and meditations. These tools are sequentially connected and applied layer by layer to create a multi-dimensional practice for each individual. This differs greatly than simply performing or learning separate postures in a yoga class.

Traditionally, the word “Viniyoga” refers to the idea of placing the elements of ritual together in a meaningful way. In the practice of Viniyoga, the student, practitioner or teacher places the various tools of yoga together for a particular purpose: low back pain, stress reduction, focusing the mind, sleep, linking with something meaningful that enriches your life. This strategy of layering the elements of yoga in a progressive sequence is an intuitive art, that over time, can be learned, developed and mastered.

Initially, it’s best to have a therapist or teacher to put the tools and practices together to meet your changing needs from day to day. But always, the goal is to produce meaningful change and improve the quality of your life.

The videos, practices and tools on this site are an introduction to the integral vision of Viniyoga. Try them out and keep coming back to them again and again; allow yourself to grow in your daily practice.

Enjoy your experience, and notice how the understanding of yourself deepens!

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