Mission Statement

The mission of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is to prepare students to deepen their own personal practice and study of yoga and to teach general wellness yoga to a diversity of individuals and groups of students. Our philosophy is to keep the time-honored and authentic tradition of yoga alive and relevant for the modern context.

Our Approach to Yoga

Our approach to Yoga adapts the tools and techniques of yoga to the individual and group. We transmit teachings consistent with the lineage of Viniyoga, as transmitted to us by Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute. Gary’s teacher was TKV Desikachar, the son of “the father of modern yoga,” T Krishnamacharya.

Distinguishing features of this approach include:

  • breath-centered movement
  • use of repetition and stay in postures (asana)
  • functional benefit of the posture (asana) over an exact form
  • safe and intentional sequencing of practices
  • adaptation of yoga tools and techniques for the practitioner and group.

The trademark for the term, Viniyoga is the property of Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute.

Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Viniyoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, is the owner and lead teacher for the River Flow Yoga Teacher Training School. Learn More About Mary.