Cutting the “Knots of the Heart” (Hṛdaya-Granthi Bhedanam) – session I

Cutting the “Knots of the Heart” (Hṛdaya-Granthi Bhedanam) – session I with Gary Kraftsow

Thursday, August 13 • 6:00–9:00 p.m.

This is an online workshop. You’ll need to download Zoom to attend. The Zoom link to access the program will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the program start time.
This is one of three sessions being offered by Gary Kraftsow. This program may be attended as a single session for $75 (register via this listing) or as a three-session bundle for $200 (register via the bundled listing).
Participants will receive links to recordings of the session. Session recordings will be available to participants for streamable viewing until September 3, 2020.
August 13, 2020 session information
Brāhma Granthi, via the mechanism of desire, binds us to the physical world, external objects of the senses, and contact with others. Using an integrated practice that includes āsana, prāṇāyāma, chanting, and Bhūta Śuddhi, we will explore how this knot acts in the Maṇipūra Cakra, and the process of gaining freedom from attachment and desire.
The Ancients proclaimed that our entanglement with the ‘World of Name and Form’ binds us in the sea of cyclic existence known as Saṁsāra. The cause of this perpetual cycle is the bondage of Avidyā (ignorance), Kāma (desire), and Karma (action), resulting in the tension and suffering of unfulfilled desires, frustrated emotions, distorted self-perception, attachment, and identification.
This three-fold bondage, which forms the framework of our personality, is known as the Hṛdaya Granthi: the “knot of the heart.”
Systems of Inner Practice evolved in the tradition of Tantric Yoga through which initiates could “cut the knot of the heart”, realize their true nature, actualize their innate potentials, and ultimately become free.
Laya Yoga, one of these Ancient Systems, relies on the symbolism of the Cakra-s and uses the methods of Bhūta Śuddhi, Cakra Sādhana, and Devatā Yoga to support practitioners in achieving these goals.
Enjoy this rare opportunity to study with Master Teacher, Gary Kraftsow, as he explores what this means in our own lives. Each class will focus on one of the three granthi-s as it acts in a particular cakra, and introduce one of the three components of Laya Yoga.
This is intensive work and merits time, focus, and commitment from yoga practitioners interested in the deeper teachings. These three short workshops will introduce you to these ancient ideas and is a prelude to a longer in-person workshop series. It is highly recommended that you register for all three in order to fully take advantage of this special body of knowledge.

Cakra-s offer a map of Svabhāva (one’s own character) which contain and reveal both the ‘land mines’ – our dysfunctional patterns – as well as the ‘treasures’ – our innate, optimal potentials.
Gary Kraftsow

Additional sessions offered separately:
August 20, 2020
Viṣṇu Granthi; via the mechanism of action, binds us to the realm of ideas and feelings that justify our activity and behavior in the world. Using an integrated practice that includes āsana, prāṇāyāma, chanting, and Cakra Sādhana, we will explore how this knot acts in the Anāhata Cakra, and the process of surfacing and transforming our feelings, dysfunctional thoughts, and behavior.
August 27, 2020
Rudra Granthi; via the mechanism of ignorance, binds us to the sense of self as a separate time and space bound being, and the attachment to the sense of ‘me and mine’. Using an integrated practice that includes āsana, prāṇāyāma, chanting, and Devatā Yoga, we will explore how this knot acts in the Ājñā Cakra, and the process of realizing our true nature and actualizing the Divine qualities that exist inherently within us.


$75 per session

Gary Kraftsow, the 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.