Steve Rooney, RYT 500

Steve RooneySteve became a devoted yoga student in 2001 after his second cancer and after 25 years helping to lead a museum in New York City, the International Center of Photography. Steve has studied yoga and yoga therapy extensively with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) since 2006. He completed his 500 hour teaching training with Gary and AVI in 2007 and an additional 500 hours of training in yoga therapy in 2009. Steve has also studied with Sonia Nelson, Leslie Kaminoff, and T.K.V.Desikachar. In 2005 he was an early graduate of Leslie Kaminoff’s 200 hour program at The Breathing Project in New York City and taught a weekly class there from 2005 through 2012.

Steve lives in New York City and Amenia, NY, with his wife Nadiya Nottingham, and also teaches weekly classes and private clients in the city. Learn more about Steve at

Steve’s training and experience enables him to help people develop a personal home practice that addresses their condition and goals, whether it is to build core strength, reduce back pain, increase focus, help manage deep grief or anxiety or any disease or suffering, commune with the Divine, or explore and transform saṁskāra. Private sessions provide you with the training and support to help you realize your goals.

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This is yoga adapted to address the specific needs of the individual, emphasizing appropriate breathing and function over form; and modifying breathing techniques, yoga postures, sequences, pranayama and meditation to address specific goals such as managing health conditions, relieving symptoms, and more fully realizing our innate sense of peace and joy. Viniyoga (prefixes vi and ni plus yoga) is a Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. These teachings come to us from T.Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) and his son T.K.V.Desikachar (1938-2016).