A very general, broad and inclusive definition that describes the approach of Viniyoga in the most expansive way is: those actions and practices which complement a person’s constitution,
The qualities of asana (postures) that uniquely define Viniyoga can be described to a certain extent in terms of biomechanics. While using the classical forms of postures as a starting point, the postures can be almost infinitely adapted to make maximal, optimal use of alignment,
Understanding the body is a general pursuit and goal for any yoga teacher. All bodies have muscles, bones, joints, etc and these structures generally work in the same ways in most bodies. However, what characterizes Viniyoga is that an experienced teacher understands both the individual body before
The function of breath in close association to the movement of the spine is a classic example of the biomechanical principles of Viniyoga. As the inhale fills and expands the chest cavity, the thoracic spine becomes slightly less kyphotic. In other words, the natural rounding of the upper spine between the waist and neck becomes subtly less rounded. (In the less frequently seen case of those with flattened upper spines, the upper spine may flatten even more, in rare cases even becoming concave, which may not be an asset to the individual.) As the exhale releases from the body, if the practitioner accentuates the contraction of the abdominal muscles, the lordosis of the lumbar spine becomes less pronounced. In other words, the low back curve subtly flattens.
Both of these actions can ease spinal compression and encourage axial extension or lengthening of the spine. Lengthening of the spine in most cases creates less pressure on the physical level, potentially increasing comfort,
The subtle effect of axial extension in the energy system is also central; most classic or traditional yoga approaches recognize the
Viniyoga openly and deliberately extends into dimensions beyond the physical, or asana practice. Since we are not only physical beings, Viniyoga applications also expand to other methods of creating balance and harmony in our beings.
Singing, chanting, reciting
This is a primary principle of Viniyoga, to recognize dimensions of human experience in the ways that uniquely suit the individual. So the final question about Viniyoga might be, what are your goals? On every level of your life, how could you be more peaceful, comfortable, closer to your own self-realization? Viniyoga has suggestions and strategies that can help make your practice efficient and