We use the term Viniyoga to refer to an approach to Yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual - giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. Mirka Scalco Kraftsow demonstrated the Viniyoga principle of adaptation in her workshop for yoga teachers, "Therapeutic Applications for Neck, Back and Hips" at River Garden Yoga Studio in St. Paul, MN on June 15, 2011. ..
Dona Robinson, AVI Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Graduate, presented a 15 minute Viniyoga relaxation sequence to 1,500 Indiana University Health leaders and managers on June 9 and 10, 2011. ..
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow has been a yoga teacher in the Viniyoga tradition since 1981. She transmits the teachings of yoga with wholeness, passion and creativity. In this brief audio clip, she discusses the state of yoga in a way that is accessible for anyone. ..
Robin: "If we limit yoga research to evidenced based research are we missing some of the yoga?" ..
Aetna, the American Viniyoga Institute and e-Mindful collaborated to conduct a pilot study on mind-body approaches to stress reduction. The pilot showed significant reductions in stress as compared to the control group. The Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program will be offered in additional Aetna worksites this spring and summer. Data collection will continue to further the understanding of how mind-body approaches can positively impact health and wellness. ..
"Viniyoga has taught me that asana is just setting the table - setting the table for pranayama, for meditation, for personal growth. It is such a wonderful banquet.” - Dr. Laura Gervais, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, Cheyenne, WY ..
"The gift of asana practice is to support optimal development, restore us to wellness, open us to wholeness, bring us to presence and deepen self-awareness." Excerpted from Mirka Scalco Kraftsow's Viniyoga Home Study Course. ..
The yoga tradition is rooted in Patanjali’s teachings which are, in turn, rooted in Vedic revelation. The Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali represent a very unique text in human history because it is more like a science of mind and a science of religion, which is at the same time non-sectarian and not secular. Yoga philosophy was never secular because yoga didn’t exist in Vedic times separate from religion. It was connected to the whole spiritual journey, which traditionally was in the context of all world religions. Today we make the distinction between religion and spirituality, which is understandable, but traditionally there was no distinction. Religion was the science of spirituality. ..
Patanjali uses the word twice in the Yoga Sutra. One sutra [2.33] says, “Vitarkabadhane pratipaksha bhavanam.” That’s a very simple sentence. It means that when we have afflicted thinking, then “Pratipaksha bhavanam”: Contemplate and take another view—look at the situation from another perspective. In another sutra [2.34] Patanjali says if you have negative thinking that comes from anger, greed, or delusion, whether you’re actively in it or just thinking about it, the fruit will be unending suffering and ignorance. Therefore, “Pratipaksha bhavanam”: Take another view, reframe your perspective on the situation. ..
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