Gary Kraftsow's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco + Common Aches and Pains: The Upper Back, Neck, and Shoulders
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.
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: M2KRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
+ Bringing Pranayama and Meditation into Your Group Yoga Classes
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 17 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 2
Bringing Pranayama and Meditation into Your Group Yoga Classes Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
A growing segment of the community of yoga practitioners is looking to experience more of the inner practices of yoga while still maintaining its dedicated asana practice. Come explore how pranayama and meditation can be harmoniously and seamlessly integrated into an asana class, allowing students to maintain their practice and add elements that will deepen and enrich their experience.
Course ID: M3KRAF -- Level: Continue Your Education
Saturday, January 17 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
+ Stress Management
Stress Management Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Yoga has tremendous potential for assisting the general population with reducing stress and the effects of stress-related diseases. This lecture and practice includes methods to relieve musculoskeletal tension, alleviate headaches, improve sleep, and develop coping strategies for dealing with stressful events and the negative symptoms of stress.
Course ID: M5KRAF -- Level: Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 18 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
+ Inner Tantric Yoga Practice: Pranayama, Mantra, Visualization, and Meditation
Inner Tantric Yoga Practice: Pranayama, Mantra, Visualization, and Meditation Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
The rapid expansion of dedicated yoga practitioners throughout the United States is a true testament to the effectiveness of this ancient science. The majority of these dedicated yogis, however, have been focused on the outer practice of yoga, the development or rebalancing of our physical bodies. In this class, we'll explore the inner practices of yoga, focusing on the transformation of our minds. In our practice, we'll integrate asana, pranayama, and mantra in the service of visualization and meditation.
Course ID: M6KRAF -- Level: Contemplative
+ Emotional Balance: Working with Anxiety and Depression
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 18 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6
Emotional Balance: Working with Anxiety and Depression Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Explore the yoga-therapy perspective and methods for working with anxiety and depression. We'll focus on psychological aspects of the human system, explore models of the integrated personality that emerge from Vedic teachings, and discover the science of meditation that the ancients developed for reducing suffering and cultivating our higher human potential. Recognizing that positive states have a deeply restorative impact on the entire system, we are able to develop certain practices to transform negative qualities of mind, promote general well-being, and manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Course ID: AMKRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
, Mixed Levels
Monday, January 19 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
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