Viniyoga is a style of yoga that translates to mean ”proper application and adaptation.” This is a low intensity, flowing practice that values function over form, links breath to movement and adapts the posture to fit each individual rather than trying to put a person perfectly into a posture. Viniyoga values sequencing postures in such a way that stabilizes and strengthens the low back, prepares large muscle groups for deeper stretches, and coordinates movement with breathing in a way that promotes mindfulness and relaxation. Most notably brought to the west by Gary Kraftsow, it traces back to India via T.K.V. Desikachar, Krishnamacharya (who taught Iyengar and Sri Patthabi Jois, father of Ashtanga) and further back to Brahmacharya.
What to expect: Starting slow with a grounding breath practice, warming & stretching the back, working up to more challenging standing postures, slowly bringing focus and energy back down to seated, prone and supine postures. Finishing with full body relaxation. Some classes may inorporate breathwork (pranayama), meditation or chant.