Gary Kraftsow's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco + Foundational Practice of Tantric Yoga: Pranayama and Bandha
Gary Kraftsow 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. Gary is the founder, director, and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute's Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Training Programs. He is the author of the books Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation and has released several educational DVDs. Recently, he coauthored "Building Bridges for Yoga Therapy Research: The Aetna, Inc. Mind-Body Pilot Study on Chronic and High Stress" in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Learn more at viniyoga.com.
Foundational Practice of Tantric Yoga: Pranayama and Bandha Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Experience the powerful inner tools of psychophysical transformation esteemed by the Tantric yogis of India. We'll systematically examine the theory and practical application of pranayama, and explore how to effectively integrate pranayama with bandhas in the asana practice. These practices help us increase and regulate our purifying fire (agni), cultivate and strengthen our vital energy (prana shakti), and develop and strengthen our will and determination (sankalpa shakti).
Course ID: M2KRAF -- Level: Continue Your Education
Saturday, January 18 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 2
+ Tantra, Chakra, and Emotional Health
Tantra, Chakra, and Emotional Health Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
The ancient chakra system is a complex model of the integrated human being, in which deep dimensions of our personality are revealed. Using this system as a guide, we'll explore the Tantric means and methods for cultivating qualities such as tranquility, courage, compassion, and joy.
Course ID: M3KRAF -- Level: Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 18 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
+ Viniyoga and the Art and Science of Sequencing
Viniyoga and the Art and Science of Sequencing Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Building sequences is an art and a science based on definite principles. The word "science" refers to the body of knowledge and principles derived from the yoga tradition. By "art," we mean the personal, creative skills that bring integration, refinement, and elegance to our practice. An effective sequence is based on careful choices, with a role and function for everything included. We'll discuss the techniques of combining postures, breathing techniques, chanting, and meditation, and learn how to modify the practice for different conditions. We'll focus on specific themes and their potential to add subtle but important dimensions to asana sequencing.
Course ID: M5KRAF -- Level: Continue Your Education
Sunday, January 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
+ Common Aches and Pains: The Lower Back, Sacrum, and Hips
Common Aches and Pains: The Lower Back, Sacrum, and Hips Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Experience the successful National Institutes of Health–recognized Viniyoga protocol for lower back pain as we investigate the biomechanics of the lower back, sacrum, and hips and learn about the types of problems that can affect these areas.
Course ID: M6KRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
+ Yoga Therapy for Sleeplessness and Insomnia
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6
Yoga Therapy for Sleeplessness and Insomnia Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Sleeplessness and insomnia are two of the most common and troubling symptoms of chronic conditions that are physiologically based. The stress and strain of daily life, changing emotional landscapes, diet, environmental toxicity, and hereditary tendencies can all contribute to the development and exacerbation of many different conditions, which produce similar symptoms. In addition, as we age, the length and quality of our sleep can also be significantly affected. Come explore the theory, principles, and practices of yoga therapy to address sleeplessness and insomnia. We'll explore morning, late afternoon/early evening, and bedtime strategies to effectively improve sleep.
Course ID: AMKRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
, Mixed Levels
Monday, January 20 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Monday All-Day Intensives
Join Gary at the Yoga Journal LIVE: New York
(April 24-28, 2014)