Professional Training Programs

Overview of Training Programs in the Viniyoga Tradition

Ancient Insights. Modern Healing.

The American Viniyoga™ Institute (AVI) is a leader in training yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists in Viniyoga.  We honor the integrity of ancient teachings while making them relevant and practical today.

We currently offer the following professional training programs:

200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training

The 200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Training is an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship to your own personal practice and inspire others through teaching in the time-honored and authentic tradition of Viniyoga as transmitted by Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute through his senior teachers. The 200 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Program meets Yoga Alliance's Registered Yoga School 200-hour registration requirements for yoga teachers.

Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy

The AVI Viniyoga™ Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapytraining is a flexible program design that affords the opportunity for students to select a program track based on their prior training and career path. AVI respects what you already know about yoga and offers the opportunity to advance your studies of Viniyoga ™ for personal development, teaching or to enter the AVI Viniyoga Therapist Training.

The Viniyoga Foundations for Teaching and Yoga Therapy is approved by Yoga Alliance at the 300 and 500 hour level:

  1. 500 hour Viniyoga Teacher Training  
  2. 300 hour Viniyoga Studies  

Therapist Training

The AVI Viniyoga™ Therapist Training Program is open to graduates of the AVI Viniyoga™ Teacher Training, AVI Foundation for Yoga Therapy Training or the AVI Viniyoga™ Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy.   Students who have completed 500 hr yoga teacher training in the lineage of T.K.V. Desikachar and T. Krishnamacharya may be able to enter this training with some pre-requisite work.   

The AVI Viniyoga™ Therapist Training Program prepares experienced Viniyoga™ teachers to work with individuals with structural, physiological and emotional conditions. Our program emphasizes the development of clinical skills in Viniyoga™ Therapy for work with individuals and groups. 

Which track is right for you? Compare the track options »

 The next Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy begins: March 30, 2014 at Mt. Madonna, Watsonville, California.

The next Viniyoga Therapist Training begins: January 26, 2014 at Mount Madonna Center, Watsonville, California.

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