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Program Overview

Viniyoga Therapist Training

A Living Healing Tradition.

The AVI Viniyoga™ Therapist Training Program is a clinical training program that:

  • Educates experienced Yoga teachers in the theory, principles, adaptation, and application of the tools of Yoga for individuals and groups with health conditions.
  • Emphasizes the continuing personal development of the Viniyoga™ Therapist in the area of personal practice.

The goal of Viniyoga™ Therapy is to empower individuals facing health conditions (at any level) to use the tools of Yoga to manage their condition and improve their health and well-being. Viniyoga™ Therapy is a complementary or alternative treatment modality.

The settings of practice for Viniyoga™ Therapists include private practice, Yoga schools, community settings and Western healthcare system settings.

The content of the Viniyoga Therapist Training builds on the theory and methods included in AVI foundation/bridge programs (former AVI Viniyoga™ Teacher Training Program, current Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy or the former AVI Foundation for Yoga Therapy Program).

AVI’s Viniyoga Therapist Training Program is 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.  Read more about the certification process.

Who is eligible for this program?

You must be a 500-hour Certified Viniyoga Teacher to be eligible for Viniyoga Therapist Training.

Some exceptions may be considered for Yoga teachers who have completed a 500-hour teacher training program in the Desikachar/Krishnamacharya lineage. To find out more about an exception procedure, please contact our Student Advisor at

International Association of Yoga Therapists Accredited

I feel as if I've waited all my life to to have this training. This is the coming together and codification of all the studying I have done over the past 13 years. I am so excited to move forward and share this work with the people who cross my path.

Lauri Bruce
February 18, 2014

AVI is clearly the leader in Yoga therapy. The ability to marry ancient wisdom and tradition with modern research and practices, makes this the perfect therapy for holistic healing and wellness.

August, 2014

Gary and his staff provide professional, insightful and relevant training which gives me the tools to begin my career as a yoga therapist. I feel like a member of the Viniyoga family as someone is always there to help me learn to how to reach out to those who are suffering.

Sally Belcher
August 5, 2014

I feel privileged to have access to these teachings. The Viniyoga Therapist Training has clearly been organized with great care and attention both to preserve ancient teachings and to reveal their relevance to modern life. I am most struck by their capacity to address the needs of individuals and am forever grateful to have an opportunity to play a part in passing the teachings on.

Debbie Wechsler
August 22, 2014

What I thought yoga therapy was and what I learned yoga therapy truly is are miles apart. I learned the importance of learning, then letting go of the learning to hear the heart speak. With the solid base of training I received, I feel able to listen to what comes up for me, and know that the resources and the science are there to back me up.

February, 2014

In my experience, AVI Viniyoga Therapist Training is a way to deepen your own practice and use the results to heal others. It is an effective blending of legitimate, evidence based Western methods with authentic yoga wisdom and practice to heal body, mind and spirit.

Janese Killian
March 26, 2012

I love the logical Viniyoga use of various yoga models that fit so nicely together like pieces of the puzzle, creating a cohesive and valuable picture of an individual that we are working with. I love that in this training yogic view does not get overshadowed by modern science, but is complemented by it. And I particularly love that we are being taught to think, to see the situation through the prism of the yogic view of the human system and use the knowledge creatively in a variety of circumstances, rather than embracing the cookie-cutter approach " for this condition do this, for that condition do that". I am very grateful to be part of this training and this lineage.

O. Kabel, Oregon

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