About Viniyoga™ and Viniyoga™ Therapy

Viniyoga™ evolved from the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar.


Viniyoga™ embraces traditional, awareness-based yoga practices focused on each individual practitioner.


Viniyoga™ practices consider the unique characteristics of each individual and provide client-appropriate adaptations.


Viniyoga™ favors function over form, using a breath-centered practice. 

  • Viniyoga™ practices include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), integration of breath and movement, meditation, chanting, ritual, and introspection. 
  • Teachers use sequencing and adaptation to achieve an intended effect for each student. 
  • Viniyoga™ is appropriate for practitioners of all ages, body types, and experience

Yoga therapy is a clinical approach distinct from yoga teaching.

  • Yoga therapists apply yoga techniques and practices to support individuals in managing commonly occurring structural, physiological, and emotional conditions. 
  • Yoga therapists are specifically trained to help clients manage symptoms with a goal of improved well being.  



To learn more about Viniyoga™ and Viniyoga™ Therapy please see the American Viniyoga Institute at www.viniyoga.com.



What is the difference between a yoga therapy session and a yoga class?


Yoga Therapy Session

  • A yoga therapy session is a client-centered intervention that focuses on the individual client and his or her specific symptoms and needs.
  • The yoga therapist conducts an initial intake interview and assessment, with reassessment at subsequent sessions.
  • The therapist identifies strategies to help clients manage symptoms and their relationship with their condition(s).
  • The yoga therapist works with clients using multiple tools of traditional yoga to develop practices for self-care, improve function, reframe patterns, and find a place of ease when faced with inevitable challenges. 

Yoga Class

  • A yoga class provides general yoga practices in group or private settings.
  • A yoga instructor or teacher leads students in a sequence of practices
  • Sequences include one or more of the tools of yoga
  • Teachers may following the method of a particular style or blend of styles of yoga practice.
  • A traditional yoga practice is sequenced to guide the practitioner toward quieting the mind and improved awareness of oneself.


Reference: Kraftsow, G. The distinction between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 24 (2014);17—18.