Untying the Knots of the Heart: Hṛdaya-Granti Bhedanam

Untying the Knots of the Heart: Hṛdaya-Granti Bhedanam with Gary Kraftsow

Thursday, Aug. 6 • 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 7, Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9 • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Here is a rare chance to study in New York with the renowned teacher and founder and director of the American Viniyoga Institute, Gary Kraftsow.
We live in a perpetual state of identification with and attachment to changing internal conditions and external circumstances, not seeing our true nature. The ancients said that the cause of this perpetual cycle (saṁsāra) is the bondage of avidyā (ignorance), kāma (desire), and karma (action), leading to the tension and suffering of distorted self- perception, unfulfilled desires, and incessant activity.
The ancients also said that this threefold bondage forms the framework of our personality, and they called it, collectively, the hṛdaya granti, the “knot of the heart.”
Discover the “knots of the heart-mind” (hṛdaya-granti) in relation to the bondage of desire, action, and ignorance as they manifest through the cakras and influence our feelings, thoughts, and behavior. We will use the cakra model to explore those knots. Untying the knots leads to the psycho-energetics of transformation.
We will explore the Brāhma, Viṣṇu, and Rudra Granthis, as well as the Laya Yoga methods of Bhūta Śuddhi, Cakra Sādhana, and Devatā Yoga. Each session will include lecture and an integrated practice, using āsana, prāṇāyāma, chanting, mantra, and meditation.hidetd


$450, Early bird discount and IY teachers: $395 if registered by July 1

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.