Gary Kraftsow's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: Colorado + Managing Chronic Pain: A Viniyoga Approach
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.
Managing Chronic Pain: A Viniyoga Approach Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
There are many types and causes of chronic pain, and the principles and practices used to help individuals manage their conditions vary according to these differences. In addition to the objective pain symptoms, there are different ways that individuals cope with pain: cognitively and emotionally. In Viniyoga therapy, multiple strategies are integrated to help the whole person manage his or her condition, including breathcentric asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation to help individuals manage their conditions. We'll look at two categories of chronic pain--headaches and fibromyalgia—to explore the benefits of yoga therapy.
Course ID: ALKRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
+ Inner Tantric Yoga Practice: Pranayama, Mantra, and Meditation
, Mixed Levels
Thursday, October 1 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday Full-Day Workshops
Inner Tantric Yoga Practice: Pranayama, Mantra, and Meditation Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
The rapid expansion of dedicated yoga practitioners throughout the United States is a testament to the effectiveness of this ancient science. The majority of these dedicated yogis, however, have been focused primarily on the outer practice of yoga--and the mastery of the physical body. Deepen your understanding of the powerful inner practices of yoga, focused on the transformation and mastery of the mind, and practice a sequence that weaves together asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation.
Course ID: M2KRAF -- Level: Contemplative
+ Stress Management: Viniyoga Therapy for Better Sleep
, Mixed Levels
Friday, October 2 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 2
Stress Management: Viniyoga Therapy for Better Sleep Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
We all have experienced occasional sleepless nights. For many, however, sleeplessness is the norm rather than the exception. Chronic sleeplessness has significant impact on our personal, social, and work lives including lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and loss of productivity. Causes of sleeplessness can range from the normal stress of daily life, various emotional states, certain physiological conditions, types of medical treatments, structural pain, particular environmental stressors, and specific dietary choices. In addition, as we age, the length and quality of our sleep can be significantly affected. Explore the theory, principles, and practices of yoga therapy for addressing this widespread and troubling condition.
Course ID: M3KRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
+ Common Aches and Pains: The Upper Back, Neck, and Shoulders
, Mixed Levels
Friday, October 2 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
Common Aches and Pains: The Upper Back, Neck, and Shoulders Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Many people come to yoga looking for relief from common aches and pains. We'll explore the biomechanics of the upper back, neck, and shoulders, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. Then we'll develop and practice a sequence of adapted asanas designed to relieve stress as well as strengthen weaker areas.
Course ID: M5KRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
+ The Yoga Continuum: Facing Challenges with Courage and Compassion
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, October 3 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
The Yoga Continuum: Facing Challenges with Courage and Compassion Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
+ Yoga, Chakras, and Fulfillment: Mantra, Meditation, and Visualization
& Judy Lief
& Aadil Palkhivala
& Linda Sparrowe
Yoga and mindfulness can prepare us to face challenges as we age, move through illness, and reach our final journey. Join Yoga Journal in this continuation of Naropa University's Radical Compassion Symposium, as we delve into how yoga’s teachings and tools are a source of healing, understanding, coping, and acceptance for those experiencing health challenges, as well as for those in our support network. We’ll also illuminate how both western and eastern medical and wellness communities are adopting preventive, therapeutic and palliative care and incorporating yoga and Eastern wisdom practices in treatments for cancer, age-related diseases, and illness. In this powerful exploration, we’ll gain invaluable perspective, compassion, and understanding about the challenges to our overall health and well-being that we, and those we love, will inevitably face — and discover how yoga can be a source of strength and steadiness throughout.
The panel features Gary Kraftsow, senior teacher of Viniyoga, Judy Lief, Buddhist teacher and author, Aadil Palkhivala, master yoga teacher, and Linda Sparrowe, author and teacher.
Course ID: SP_SAT_LIB
Saturday, October 3 — 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Yoga, Chakras, and Fulfillment: Mantra, Meditation, and Visualization Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Meditation begins as we master the fluctuation of attention and direct our minds rather than being pulled along. Once we gain this control, we can set a new direction for our lives. We'll take an in-depth look at the chakra model of the human system, learn more about the structure of this model, and experience how asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation can be used together to create deep and lasting personal transformation.
Course ID: M6KRAF -- Level: Contemplative
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, October 3 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6
Join Gary at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco
(January 14-18, 2016)