Gary Kraftsow's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: Colorado + Adaptation: Achieving the Anatomical and Physiological Potential of Asana
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.
Adaptation: Achieving the Anatomical and Physiological Potential of Asana Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Much of contemporary asana practice is focused on mastering the forms of each asana. One of the great gifts of studying T. Krishnamacharya's teaching is shifting the focus from mastering asana forms to understanding how to achieve its functional benefits, both anatomically and physiologically, for each practitioner. Come examine the science of adapting asana to serve the functional needs of the practitioner, and explore the creative art of integrating adaptations into our personal practice and our teaching.
Course ID: ALKRAF -- Level: Continue Your Education
Thursday, September 18 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
+ Lower Back, Sacrum, Hips
Lower Back, Sacrum, Hips Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Learn and experience specific therapeutic sequences for the lower back, sacrum, and hips that are designed for therapists, teachers, and individuals who suffer from any type of back pain. We'll focus on working with chronic and acute structural conditions associated with the lower back, sacrum, and hips and experience a sequence of adapted asanas designed to relieve symptoms as well as strengthen these areas of the body.
Course ID: M2KRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
+ Yoga, Chakras, and Fulfillment: Mantra, Meditation, and Visualization
, Mixed Levels
Friday, September 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 2
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: M5KRAF -- Level: Contemplative
+ Reading the Body and Observation for Teachers
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, September 20 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
Reading the Body and Observation for Teachers Instructor: Gary Kraftsow
Come explore vijnana darsana--reading the body, understanding what we are seeing, and developing appropriate adaptations in asana practice to produce specific effects. We'll delve into vinyasa krama, the art of sequencing, learning the principles for creating a safe and effective sequence of asana for both personal and group practice. Demonstrations, group observation exercises, and personal practice.
Course ID: M6KRAF -- Level: Continue Your Education
Saturday, September 20 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6
+ 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 and headaches, improve sleep, and develop coping strategies for dealing with stressful events as well as the negative symptoms of stress.
Course ID: M7KRAF -- Level: Therapeutic
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, September 21 — 8:00am - 9:30am
- Session 7
Join Gary at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco
(January 15-19, 2015)