Yoga

Honoring the Life and Work of Sri BKS Iyengar

I read with sadness of the passing of Sri BKS Iyengar yesterday. His lifelong dedication to the study, practice, and teaching of Yoga has inspired millions of practitioners worldwide. His work on asana has become acknowledged the gold standard for teachers and students alike. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and students. With […]

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When the going gets tough…EXHALE

by Stephanie Harding At the end of October, with Hurricane Sandy threatening the northeast, I returned to New York from Yoga Therapist training in sunny California. I had to jump right in to prepare for the storm – clearing the gutters and the basement, taking any potential projectiles inside, filling buckets and bottles with water. […]

By Robin Lilly | Viniyoga . Yoga
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Yoga knew this five thousand years ago

by Stephani Sutherland As a practicing psychiatrist for over 25 years, Marilyn Granger, MD, knows something about the inner workings of the brain. But unlike most psychiatrists, Marilyn is also training to become a certified Yoga Therapist with AVI. In an upcoming workshop co-presented with Mirka Scalco-Kraftsow in Sebastopol, CA, Marilyn will lay out some […]

By Robin Lilly | Viniyoga . Yoga . Yoga Teacher Training
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What is Tantra?

by Gary Kraftsow Traditional Yoga is very different than the modern incarnation of Yoga in the west; so too traditional Tantra very different than the modern incarnation of Tantra in the west. The purpose of this reflection is to make known some of these differences. Yoga in the current public mind is, for the most […]

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Viniyoga and mindfulness programs result in reduced perceived stress levels

Aetna Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace Trial Results Published “The AVI/Aetna collaboration represents a significant step in the integration of ancient insights into health and healing with modern evidence-based research. Hopefully this type of collaboration will lead to more widespread adoption of self-care practices that support people in their wellness and reduce the burden […]

By Robin Lilly | Viniyoga . Yoga . Yoga Therapy
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Can Yoga Be Bad for You?

“It’s not about the postures, it’s about the practitioner.” — Gary Kraftsow KQED (NPR affiliate station in Northern California) held a radio show on January 12, 2012 about a recent New York Times Magazine article focused on how yoga can cause serious injury. The safety of yoga practice was addressed by a panel of speakers […]

By Robin Lilly | Viniyoga . Yoga
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The Purpose of Kriya Yoga

Does suffering and your relationship to it hold you back from actualizing your full potential? Listen in as Gary discusses the purpose of Kriya Yoga. We invite you to comment in our blog about your own understanding of/experiences with Kriya Yoga. » Listen now

By Robin Lilly | Viniyoga . Yoga
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An Introduction to Chapter Two of the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali by Gary Kraftsow

The second chapter of the Yoga Sutra-s is called Sadhana Pada. Sadhana is a the Sanskrit word that is used to mean “practice.” This chapter is for most of us, who are called Baddanjali, meaning those who are bound, caught, in circumstances and those kind of experiences that cause us suffering. Suffering comes in many […]

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SYTAR 2011 Event Recap

Viniyoga Based Stress Reduction in the Workplace Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) and Mary Hilliker, RD, E-RYT 500, CYT, AVI Director of Administration, presented at the International Association of Yoga Therapists Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research on September 3, 2011 in Monterey, CA. Gary discussed […]

By Robin Lilly | Viniyoga . Yoga . Yoga Therapy
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