Viniyoga In Practice
Viniyoga is a form of Yoga Therapy and is based on over 500 years of science and normal developmental patterns of movement. Postures are modified to allow repetitive movement into and out of particular postures and holding postures for extended periods of time. Each movement is linked to the breath to create inner awareness and feel from the inside how the body responds to movement.
Most people are unaware of their postures and daily patterns of movement. The practice of Viniyoga brings greater awareness to the spine and breath, improving functional movement patterns and core stability. As we learn to listen to the body, transformation occurs which brings greater strength, balance, and flexibility.
The most noteworthy characteristic of Viniyoga is that the student is the most important piece of the puzzle, not the yoga. Unlike other traditions, Viniyoga becomes a set of individual tools one can turn to when they feel the need. In other traditions, a class is taught and poses are explained in great anatomical detail. The idea being that the practitioner will be able to take and hold each posture exactly or almost exactly as the posture has been explained. In Viniyoga, the posture is manipulated to fit the practitioner. Therefore, the posture serves the student rather that the other way around.
Hatha Yoga Practice
atha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Today, the term hatha is used in such a broad way that it is difficult to know what a particular hatha class will be like. In most cases, however, it will be relatively gentle, slow and great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed style where they hold poses longer. It can vary a lot, so it is a good idea to call the studio before attending the class.
Yoga Within Therapy
Yoga asanas (poses/postures) and pranayama (breathing) can be incorporated right into a therapy session. Often times using yoga before and after a therapy session can help you regulate the nervous system almost immediately so you can carry on with your day. This is often instrumental when working with EMDR or brainspotting. Additionally individual yoga practices can be taught to assist in stress management, sleep and even addiction help.