Dattātreya and the 24 Gurus of Nature: Exploring and Untying the Knots of the Heart with Gary Kraftsow
Monday, August 10 • 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Dattātreya was revered as one of the greatest lords of Yoga. Some consider him to be an avatāra. According to some traditions, he is a deity, the union of Brahma, Viṣnu, and Śiva in a single, triune form. As a Yogi, Dattātreya is known as one who has “cut the knot of the heart” and attained freedom from saṁsāra. In this session, we will explore Dattātreya’s core teachings with an emphasis on the 24 insights he discovered by observing life in the world: what he calls the 24 Gurus of Nature. This session will include a presentation of Dattātreya’s teachings followed by an integrated practice inspired by those teachings.
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.
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.
- Also with Gary Kraftsow:
- Untying the Knots of the Heart: Hṛdaya-Granti Bhedanam