I often joke that, before I started my study of yoga, I had no body. Yoga allowed me to develop an awareness of my body and ways I could move or change to make it feel different. My awareness deepened when I was introduced to the Viniyoga style of yoga.
There are many styles of yoga. Some styles are built on the flow of the practice or the conscious alignment of the body. Viniyoga is a style developed from an adaptable, therapeutic perspective.
Vi can be translated from Sanskrit to mean “separate awareness.” Ni can be translated from Sanskrit to mean “appropriate application.” The focus is on increasing the practitioner’s awareness of the current experience, then providing techniques to meet a particular intention. Each Viniyoga practice can include a combination of movement, breathing, meditation, sound, or more depending on the class.
Viniyoga invites the student to develop deep personal awareness. The teacher must be alert and responsive to needs of the student, often observing and directing rather than participating. The awareness allows both student and teacher to set a clear intention and choose adaptations to meet the student’s needs.
Group practices include adaptations to meet the needs of all students. Each individual controls the intensity of the practice allowing a self-awareness and personal yoga practice to develop. Therefore, Viniyoga is ideal for therapeutic purposes and pain therapy.
Kim has been a student of yoga since 1993 and is a 500-hour yoga teacher and 500-hour yoga therapist certified through the American Viniyoga Institute. She aims to create experiences to meet the immediate needs and long-term goals of everyone she teaches. Read Kim’s full bio. Kim teaches Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00am and Saturdays at 8:30am. See our full Yoga Schedule and sign up for classes.