Viniyoga or Yoga as TKV Desikachar
wishes that the discipline be called, is rooted in the principles taught
to him by his father, Sri T. Krishnamacarya. Krishnamacarya was also the
teacher of well known contemporary Yoga masters B.K.S. Iyengar, K.
Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi.
Viniyoga Institute, founded by Gary Kraftsow, uses the term Viniyoga to
refer to Yoga as a practice that is adapted to meet the physical, mental
and emotional needs, present lifestyle and goals of each individual. The
practice can include asana, pranayama, sound, meditation and other classic
elements. Viniyoga emphasizes breath and postures, often coordinated in
movement, to strengthen and address the therapeutic requirements of the
In this workshop you will learn how to apply the basic
concepts of how to adapt the practice of Yoga to meet the specific needs
of an individual. This workshop invites students who are healthy along
with those who have illnesses or injuries ranging from mild to severe.
Through the understanding and use of the concepts of breathing,
adaptation, observation and sequencing in the Viniyoga tradition, you will
learn to safely address the needs of each person while not compromising
Leslie is certified to teach in the Viniyoga tradition.
She has worked with people with physical and emotional ailments as a
Registered Nurse since the 1970s. Leslie began practicing yoga in 1982,
and received her first certification to teach yoga in 1985. In addition to
working for a physical therapist, Leslie continued her studies with
different yoga teachers, soon immersing herself in Yoga as therapy. She
focused on the teachings of Krishnamacarya and Desikachar, mostly as
taught by Gary Kraftsow, and has completed his Yoga Therapists' training.