“It is interesting these days that as a Yoga teacher the question I am more likely to be asked is ‘What kind of Yoga do you do?’ rather than ‘What is Yoga?’. It’s either that we think we already know what Yoga is or, more likely, that the view is becoming lost within the myriad of ways in which Yoga is offered.”
Gary Kraftsow talk at Yoga Journal Conference 2011
“Yoga therapy can be used for a full breadth of conditions from back pain to cancer or clinical depression. It’s very effective for structural problems and physiological problems, but it also has great teachings on how to work with cognitive, mood, and behavioral disorders. The whole text of Patañjali is fundamentally about transformation of mind.”
“Yoga therapy empowers people to begin the healing process and transform themselves.”
The principle that supports the teaching of Yoga according to the needs and circumstances of the individual has long been referred to as ‘viniyoga’.
The term ‘viniyoga’ became associated with TKV Desikachar’s method of teaching Yoga.
This method was used in order to make the depth and essence of Yoga accessible to Western students.