Viniyoga was made popular by Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the 1970’s. His style of yoga was based on the premise that yoga needed to change according to each individual and his or her needs. His students, B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri Pattabhi Jois, both famous in their own right, have established other styles of yoga popular in the west. Iyengar developed the ‘Iyengar’ style of yoga, with its emphasis on precision. Pattabhi Jois started ‘Ashtanga’ yoga, with its emphasis on dynamic movements and strength building. Krishnamacharya viewed all of the above as components to a complete yoga approach, rather than stand alone aspects to form an entire practice. Desikachar, Krishnamacharya’s son, has continued his father’s teachings.
About Kundalini Yoga
With breath, movement and repetition as the stronghold of my own practice, Kundalini yoga was the natural progression of my practice. Kundalini yoga places emphasis on awakening the ‘Kundalini,’ which is imagined as a sleeping coiled serpent at the base of the spine. Once awakened, it is believed that you shall be aligned with the universe in spirit, mind and body. On a less esoteric note, it’s lively, achievable movements and rapid breath work bring energy to the body and calmness to the mind in a manner that only the kriyas (sets of ‘exercises’) of Kundalini yoga are designed to do. Kundalini yoga clears out the toxins from the body and mind, leaving you with a bright outlook and the energy to complete whatever goals you set for yourself.
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