Join Gary Kraftsow, named by Yoga Journal as a Lifetime Contributor and “One of America’s Leading Yoga Therapists”, as he demonstrates the Viniyoga Therapist approach to managing structural, physiological, and psycho-emotional conditions.
A skilled Yoga Therapist accesses client conditions at multiple levels by:
• understanding client limitations,
• developing multi-dimensional practices calibrated to individual needs, and
• inspiring clients to practice.
In the structural segments, we will explore practices to work with common structural conditions related to the back, hips, neck, and shoulders. In the physiological segments, we will explore practices to manage fatigue that accompanies many conditions. In the psychological segment, we will explore practices to manage symptoms of anxiety, reframe our life orientation, and find sources of happiness and inspiration.
Don’t miss this comprehensive workshop for fresh insights into working with modern conditions drawn from the ancient lineage of Yoga Therapy.
“Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it.”
Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute
Introduction to the multidimensional nature of yoga and the applications of Yoga Therapy. Learn the distinction between a yoga class and a session with a Yoga Therapist.
Yoga Therapy for Low Back/Hips
Yoga Therapy for Neck/Shoulders
Explore biomechanics of both areas of the back, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. Experience a sequence of adapted āsana-s designed to relieve symptoms and strengthen these areas of the body.
Yoga Therapy for Fatigue
Do you ever find yourself fluctuating between fatigue and stress? Would you like to understand how to use your practice to manage your energy? Focusing on the autonomic nervous system, we’ll consider how to create and maintain balanced energy throughout the day. Then we’ll explore how to use breath-centric āsana and prāṇāyāma as functional tools to help you move through life with vitality and relaxation. Practice includes breath-centric āsana and prāṇāyāma.
Yoga Therapy for Anxiety
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. The ancients understood emotion as the complex interaction between our mood, cognitive processes, behavior, and physiologic responses, and developed practices to reduce troubling emotional states and cultivate positive ones. We’ll experience the interaction of these four aspects of emotion and the practices used to transform states of anxiety.
Yoga Teacher & Advanced Practitioner Intensive
Form vs. Function: Viniyoga and the Art and Science of Adaptation
Much of contemporary āsana practice is focused on mastering the forms of each āsana. One of the great gifts of Kriṣṇamācārya’s teaching was to shift this focus from the form of the āsana to its function for the practitioner. Come examine the science of adapting the form of an āsana to serve the functional needs of the practitioner and explore the creative art of integrating adaptations into our personal practice and our teaching. We’ll focus on how to make appropriate adaptations, what is useful and what may be harmful, and how to modify āsana for different conditions.