What is Yoga Therapy?
Adaptation & Application of Yoga Techniques & Practices
Yoga Therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health, refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition.
The general long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include:
- reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
- managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced
- rooting out causes wherever possible
- improving life function, and
- shifting attitude and perspective in relationship to life's challenges.
We refer to our approach to Yoga Therapy as Viniyoga™ Therapy.
AVI’s Viniyoga Therapist Training Program is now an IAYT-accredited program! The award was presented June 6, 2014 at the Symposium on Yoga Research and Yoga Therapy (SYTAR) during IAYT’s 25th Anniversary Celebration in Austin, Texas.
The field of Yoga Therapy is rapidly growing. We encourage you to visit the International Association of Yoga Therapists website to find out the latest.
"Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions
that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it."
Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute