An introduction to what is the Art of the viniyoga of Yoga Practice
The concept of viniyoga is the art of applying Yoga to the needs and aspirations of each person as a unique individual rather than fitting a number of individuals into the more generalised Westernised educational or physical fitness modalities of group class instruction.
“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and changes from time to time,
there can be no common starting point, and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
– TKV Desikachar
Thus, using the term ‘viniyoga’ to describe a Yoga Class as a ‘Viniyoga Group Class’ or using the term to banner our group class teaching ‘style’ would in reality be a contradiction to how the concept was intended to be used according to the lifetime teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. In this context the term viniyoga relates solely to the transmission of Yoga within a 121 relationship.
The main aim behind the viniyoga or application of Yoga is to personalise Yoga practice according to the individual and their situation, through respecting our unique differences in age, gender, mental aptitude, physical health, social lifestyle, occupation and interests, together with developmental potentials according to the persons current situation and needs.