Gary Kraftsowthe founder and director of the American Viniyoga Institute, has been a pioneer in the transmission of Yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation for more than 40 years. He began his study of Yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France, in 1988.
Gary graduated with a B.A. from Colgate University in 1976 and received his master’s degree in psychology and religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. Around that time, he opened the Maui School of Yoga Therapy, and in 1999 he founded the American Viniyoga Institute™, LLC. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally.
Gary has successfully developed the protocol for two National Institutes of Health studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety,” as well as for the “Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace” clinical trial for the Aetna insurance company.
He is the author of two books published by Penguin, Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, and the author of four educational DVD’s: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders, Viniyoga Therapy for Depression, and Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety. He has also produced several online workshops: Pranayama Unlocked, Meditation Unlocked, Yoga Therapy for Depression, Yoga Therapy for Better Sleep, Yoga Therapy for Anxietys and Āsana Unlocked.
Wednesdays, April 12, 19, 26 from 6–9 p.m.
Join Gary Kraftsow, named by Yoga Journal as a Lifetime Contributor and “One of America’s Leading Yoga Therapists”, as he demonstrates the Viniyoga Therapist approach to managing structural, physiological, and psycho-emotional conditions.
A skilled Yoga Therapist accesses client conditions at multiple levels by:
- understanding client limitations,
- developing multi-dimensional practices calibrated to individual needs, and
- inspiring clients to practice.
In the structural segment, we will explore practices to work with common structural conditions related to the back, hips, neck, and shoulders. In the physiological segment, we will explore practices to manage the symptoms of sleeplessness and pain that accompany many conditions. In the psychological segment, we will explore practices to manage symptoms of anxiety, reframe our life orientation, and find sources of happiness and inspiration.
Don’t miss this comprehensive workshop for fresh insights into working with modern conditions drawn from the ancient lineage of Yoga Therapy.
“Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it.” Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute
Session 1 – Yoga Therapy for Physical Issues: Low Back/Sacrum/Hips Explore biomechanics of the lower back, sacrum and hips, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. Experience a sequence of adapted āsanas designed to relieve symptoms and strengthen these areas of the body.
Session 2 – Yoga Therapy for Physiological Issues: Sleep
Insomnia and sleeplessness are two of the most common and troubling symptoms of chronic physiologically-based conditions. Explore the theory, principle and practices of Yoga Therapy to address sleeplessness.
Session 3 – Yoga Therapy for Mental/Emotional Issues: Anxiety
Emotional health is fundamental to the maintenance of health in the physical body. Learn to recognize the direct influence of thought and emotion on biochemistry, and explore certain practices to transform negative qualities of mind and promote general well-being.
Participants will receive links to recordings of the sessions. Session recordings will be available to participants for streamable viewing until September 26.
This is an online program.