Viniyoga was developed by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya Venkata Desikachar (1938 –2016), who was a Yoga teacher, and the son of the famous Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who is considered the Father of Vinyasa Yoga.
The Viniyoga modality is specifically involved in Yoga as Therapy, and adapts its practices and exercises to the individual needs of Yoga students. It’s therefore specifically suitable for those who suffer from physical or other limitations.
The core approach of Viniyoga can be described as:
- Function over Form (emphasis on the function and goal of an Asana, rather than the form);
- Breath and Movement (emphasis on breath as a medium for movement in Asanas);
- Repetition and Holds (using Asana repetition and holding postures for longer periods);
- Adapted Sequencing (session steps and flows are adapted to the practitioner’s needs).