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AVI Vision, Mission, Values & Ethics

Guided by the Spirit of the Viniyoga Tradition

Our Vision

We have a unique opportunity in this century to become more widely recognized as a leading educational institution dedicated to one of humankind's most sophisticated and useful wellness and personal development modalities. Our long term goal is to grow as an international organization that provides programs at diverse locations, with a growing staff of senior Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and educators of Yoga professionals.

AVI Mission

The American Viniyoga™ Institute is an organization of Yoga students and professionals who share core values and are guided by the spirit of the Viniyoga tradition.

We are dedicated to offering high quality educational experiences in the following areas: personal transformation programs for students of Yoga, professional certification programs for Yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists and continuing education opportunities for Yoga teachers, Yoga Therapists and professionals in the field of health and wellness.

Our goal is to contribute to the professions of Yoga teaching and Yoga Therapy through educational programs, publications, products, and public service for diverse populations.

AVI Values

  • Insight and Inspiration
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Reflection and Clarity
  • Tolerance, Compassion, and Generosity
  • Confidence
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Stability, Perseverance, and Continuity


  1. We assist our student/teachers in developing a personal practice that will help them realize and reduce the seeds of their own suffering, and help them fulfill their own potential.
    Tapah Svadhyaya Isvara Pranidhanani Kriya Yogah (Yoga Sutra II:2)
  2. Following the teachings of Patanjali, we exhort our student/teachers to cultivate within themselves qualities such as friendliness, compassion, joyfulness, and neutrality.
    Maitri Karuna Mudita Upeksanam Sukha Duhkha Punya Apunya Visayanam Bavanatah Citta Prasadanam (Yoga Sutra I:33)
  3. Following the Vedic teachings, we encourage students to recognize the four aims in life: dharma, artha, kama and moksa.
    We teach them that their own natural inclination to earn a living (artha), and to enjoy life (kama) shall serve the aims of dharma and moksa, not destroy dharma and create more karmic entanglements.
  4. Following the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, we emphasize two principles:
    a. The teachings are about the student, not the teacher. Teachers must strive to understand the true needs of their students, and adapt practices to serve those needs.
    b. The teacher must not leave their throne. That is, the role of the teacher must be respected. Thus, the teacher must strive to keep their own personal motivations out of the teaching context.
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