What is Viniyoga® | Holistic Approach

Why Viniyoga®?

A lot of people are coming to Viniyoga® today because many of them are not finding what they are looking for in Yoga through their own traditions. This is because a majority of Yoga traditions today are focused on the practice of physical exercises only which sometimes they call asana. 

Wide number of tools integrated

Yoga does not only include asana. Yoga has a wide number of tools that is what the speciality of Viniyoga®. In the Viniyoga® tradition we are not emphasizing only on the practice of asana but we are also looking for practices of other tools of yoga which include things like pranayama, mantra, mudra, bhavana, meditation etc., which are all very vital tools of Yoga. We must remember my friends, if one tool was enough in the practice of Yoga Patanjali would not have approached ashtanga yoga a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to Yoga. That is what Viniyoga® tries. It tries to take the authentic approach of Patanjali where it integrates all the tools of yoga. 

Sarvanga Sadhana

So, if you embark in a training with Viniyoga® or a journey with exploring Viniyoga you will discover that we will not emphasise on only  one tool of yoga but we will embark you on a journey is a multi-disciplinary and that will embark includes all kinds of yogic tools and not just partly addressing our physical needs. Viniyoga® is a holistic approach to yoga where it considers our body Is made up of different kinds of dimensions  and tools to reach these dimensions both at a gross level and at a subtle level.  In some ways, that is why Acharya Krishnamacharya calls Viniyoga® as” sarvanga sadhana” which means it is not limited to one limb of the body. It is taking into consideration the holistic structure of our beautiful human system.  

My friends, if you want to explore Viniyoga®, please now you will be taking a holistic approach to yoga and you will explore multiple layers of  your beautiful holistic being.

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Namaste!

Dr.Kausthub Desikachar, Chief Viniyoga® Therapist

Will my condition return if I stop doing Yoga Therapy Practice?

Namaste my dear friends!

A lot of people come to me saying, “Sir, I started doing your practice, I got better and then I stopped. Then my condition came back.  Well, my friends, this is the reality that we have to work with.

Sustaining Yoga Therapy Practice

Yoga Therapy takes time. When we sustain the practice for a reasonable amount of time, then comes significant improvements but it is not a permanent solution very often, because Yoga is mostly addressing life – style based disorders and when we go back to our old life style that is not really healthy that will easily come back. When we start to do the Yoga practices, we have to sustain the practice but also make sure that we are making positive changes in our life style so that the benefit of the practice is sustained. 

Like I said in the previous video, Viniyoga® Therapy takes any time between one months to three months to give significant improvements. Already it could show improvements from the first or second practice itself.  This is because, when people come with certain illness, they start doing some good exercises, a good practice like Yoga Therapy there will be some impact on this. This is the problem of human beings. When we get enough better to return to our old lifestyle like job or our responsibilities we immediately go back and we don’t really complete the process.

I also talked to my medical colleagues and they said the same thing as well. Many people take antibiotics and when they start to feel better they return to their job and they forget the allegation and once again fall. This is the laziness of the humanity that we don’t sustain what we are taught because we are more attached to the quality of life that we had earlier.

Yoga is a process that causes us to reflect about our quality of life which contribute to the illness. When we embark the journey of Yoga as a Therapy to sustain the Yoga Therapy journey with the necessary lifestyle support systems as well. 

So, my friends, my suggestion is when you talk to a Yoga Therapist about your conditions ask him also how long you need to practice so that these things do not fall back. What kind of lifestyle changes? Dietary changes that you may have to look at so that this process is sustained. Otherwise It is a question of going forward and taking two steps and taking two steps backward. Nobody wants this. Give yourself the time and space my friends, to sustain the practice to that limit where yoga Therapy will take you on a positive movement forward so that you don’t fall back so significantly.  

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Dr.Kausthub Desikachar, Viniyoga® Teacher, www.khyf.net

Yoga Therapy Practice

What can I expect a Yoga Therapy Practice to Look Like?

Namaste my dear friends!

Yoga Therapy is becoming very popular nowadays and many people are jumping into the band wagon on yoga therapy classes. Many public people are asking what is it containing the yoga practice. What can we expect from the Yoga Therapy practice. 

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is quite different from the regular yoga classes. While the regular yoga therapy class can be therapeutic it doesn’t mean that it is yoga therapy. I always give his example. When people who have never been walking, stuck to walk and therapeutic benefits from walking where your back posture improves, breathing capacity will improve, blood circulation will improve and people will have some kind of health benefits. It doesn’t mean that walking is the therapy. In the same way, when people go to a yoga class when they are practicing general yoga there may be some benefits but it does not make it a yoga therapy. 

Yoga Therapist

A yoga therapy session is administered by a qualified yoga therapist. When we say qualified it does not necessarily mean they have a piece of certificate because in today’s time the organisations are collecting money to issue certificates but they really guarantee the quality of the service. We need to go to a good yoga therapist who has gone through the educational system to qualify him or her to be a very good and disciplined yoga therapist. 

Diagnosis

In the yoga therapy sessions, in the first part of the session you may have to disclose certain information about your illnesses, your family situation, your professional situation because yoga therapy looks at illness in a holistic sense. It should not be surprising that your yoga therapist is asking you questions not only about your illness, but also about your job circumstance, whether you are stressed in job, whether you are relaxing in the job, whether there is any repetitive stress in your job, whether there is a conflict with your boss etc because stress related illnesses could come from that. 

He or she may also ask you questions about your family circumstance, your family agonies  because your emotional state also contributes to the illnesses because the yoga therapist may observe you in different positions, may take your pulse to see whether the pulse is indicating of certain kind of illnesses or certain kind of state in your body. So through a very comprehensive consultation session of not only observation, diagnostic like pulse and but  also asking you different kind of questions and yoga therapist will come to a conclusion of an overall health scenario of your situation. The yoga therapist does not offer a diagnosis for an illness. That is the job of a doctor, it is not the job of the yoga therapist. Don’t go expecting a yoga therapist to give you a diagnosis. 

In fact you can go with your diagnosis report from your doctor to the yoga therapist and disclose this information as well. Then the yoga therapist will design a practice that is suitable for your illnesses i.e. respecting your capabilities at the current moment. The yoga practice may just include not just asanas but he can also include pranayama which is breathing exercises, he can also include certain mantras because mantras are a certain form of affirmation and they have deep impact on our psychological states, it could include meditative components, it could include visualization components, etc.  So, the yoga therapy components could include all of these aspects. 

It is also possible that the yoga therapist may suggest you to have some reflection about the kind of diet you are consuming, the kind of life style you are living and ask you to  reflect on what choices may be the more suitable for your health condition. These are the things that you can expect from a yoga therapy session and the yoga therapist will teach you this practice. You will have to practice this at home and return after few days or few weeks depending on the frequency set by the yoga therapist to review the yoga practice and take it further. Yoga therapist is not going to offer a solution in one day or two days; it is a long term classes. You need to return to your yoga therapist at a regular interval so that this practice can be more appropriate to address  for your illnesses at a deep and profound level. So be regular in your practice my friends and be in contact with your yoga therapist and stuck the process of self empowerment in this journey. Be open to embrace a wide range of tools in yoga therapy because that is what is yoga therapy. It is a multi-dimensional holistic approach that can very beautifully compliment your already existing lines of treatment. 

Namaste my friends!

Dr.Kausthub Desikachar,

Viniyoga Teacher @ Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation