“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
– T.K.V. Desikachar
Styles of Yoga?
The “System” of yoga is concerned primarily with bringing about positive changes in ones life and relationships.
So called “Styles” of yoga are a new phenomenon that move us further away from the full system of Yoga as they focus almost entirely on how to move – rather than including the physical practice of asana as just one small part of the comprehensive system of yoga.
In general, types of classes will vary primarily based on the time of day they are taught – for example more energetic morning classes or slower, calmer classes for the evening.
The viniyoga approach to teaching yoga
The term viniyoga has been used by T.K.V. Desikachar (son of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya) to describe his approach to utilizing the tools of yoga, in particular his conviction that yoga practice should be adapted to fit the individuality and particular situation of each practitioner.
Our teachers have trained extensively with this approach as the primary focus and teach in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.
“Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other”.
Yoga should always be adapted to the needs, circumstances and goals of each individual, never the individual to fit the yoga.