Our style of Yoga at Yoga Doctors, known as Chikitsa Vinyasa Yoga, a.k.a. Therapeutic Flow Yoga, is a modern adaptation of the classical form known as Chikitsa Krama. Modified and refined from the lineage of legendary 20th century Yoga master and healer, Sri T. Krishnamacharya (teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar, Patthaboi Jois, T.K.V. Desikachar, Indra Devi and others), Chikitsa Vinyasa emphasizes structural integration, alignment, somatic intuition, the art of enlightened therapeutic transition, neuromuscular re-education, and the fluidity and refinement of breath, energy, and movement as they relate to the body. The practice harnesses the wisdom and insights of many forms of Yoga and is designed to assist the practitioner in developing self-mastery through enhanced physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual awareness.
Classically, vinyasa is the natural artistic fluidity of breath synchronized movement and chikitsa means therapy. Our method of therapeutic Chikitsa Vinyasa at Yoga Doctors links these qualities together through a synthesis of the most structurally and energetically intuitive elements found in classical and modern Yoga, Thai massage, Qi Gong, Chiropractic mobilizations, Chinese Meridian theory, Western biomechanics, sports medicine, myofascial release bodywork and modern movement science. The resulting organic system that we have created adapts to an individual’s specific needs, capabilities, goals and intentions in order to support the practitioner step-by-step in developing a mindful balance between his/her breath, movements, energetic awareness, posture, and own self-reliance. In this way, The Yoga Doctors Method of Therapeutic Chikitsa Vinyasa re-establishes a relationship between the body, the person and the soul in a kind and gentle process, achieving deep transformation and rediscovered potential without force or injury.