“Vini” in loosely translated Sanskrit means “adaption,” and that’s just what this practice is, adapting yoga to the individual. It teaches students to adapt traditional yoga practices to fit their needs, limits, and goals. Viniyoga is also for everyone and anyone, taking our dysfunctional movement patterns (we all have some that create stress on our bodies) and forming new structural and functional movements for our bodies. Because of personalized instruction it is one of the recommended styles for beginners.
There are a few points that characterize the main difference between the Viniyoga approach and most other forms of yoga poses practice mainly:
Breath and Adaptation
The emphasis on breath as the medium for movement in a pose, and the science of adapting the pattern of breathing in the pose to produce different effects.
Repetition and Stay
The use of repetition into and out of the postures, as well as holding the postures.