We use the word Viniyoga— an ancient word that means distinction, adaptation, and suitable application— to refer to an strategy that adapts yoga practice to each individual’s distinctive circumstances, needs, and interests. This traditional lineage of yoga provides each practitioner with the instruments they need to individualize and update the self-discovery and personal transformation process.

In Viniyoga, we think that in each practitioner, yoga can bring about beneficial change. This needs an awareness of the current situation, private potential, and objectives of an individual. Using yoga teachings and practices— including asana, pranayama, bandha, sound, singing, meditation, private rituals, and text study — we develop an integrated practice to assist professionals move through suffering.

The Viniyoga strategy to asana and most other types of asana exercise have four primary distinctions:

  1. Function over form: We emphasize the role rather than the asana form and use the science of adjusting posture types to obtain distinct outcomes and advantages.
  2. Breath and adaptation: We focus on breath as the medium for movement in asana, and the science of adapting the pattern of breathing in postures to produce different effects, depending upon the goal.
  3. Repetition and stay: Using repetition in and out of the postures, as well as keeping the postures, enhances practice’s structural and energetic impacts.
  4. The art and science of sequencing: Viniyoga educators produce practices of varying orientation, duration and intensity to fit each practitioner’s intention and context.

A yoga instructor must aim to comprehend the student’s real requirements and adapt a practice to serve those requirements, according to Krishnamacharya, the grandfather of most Western types of exercise. He emphatically reminded educators that teaching is for the student, not for the professor. We are able to produce useful and meaningful yoga practices through the decisions we make in sequencing

At distinct phases of life, a number of excellent yoga masters acknowledged the variety between individuals and within the same individual. They suggested a variety of instruments, leaving it up to the teacher to decide which to use. These instruments include asana, pranayama, meditation, prayer, ritual, chanting, or mantra.

Viniyoga sequence is logically ordered, context-specific approach that utilizes yoga instruments to bring an intention into being. It’s efficient, elegant and efficient.

You will notice the integrated use of all these instruments in the following sequence to work with addiction. Addiction affects our anatomy and physiology, feelings and cognition, and conduct in a multidimensional manner. As such, the perfect way to generate a favorable direction of change in our life is an integrated practice that operates at all these levels.

Find cozy, quiet room and be aware of your breath as you work through the following sequence — main focus of Viniyoga. As Krishnamacharya once said: “If you don’t regulate your breathing, you only do calisthenics.”

Try This Viniyoga Sequence Below: