Stress and its manifestations on anatomical, physiological, emotional and cognitive levels are both causal as well as contributing factors in disease. Understanding how to manage stress at all these levels is therefore a fundamental life skill for achieving and maintaining optimal health and wellbeing. The tremendous potential of yoga and Yoga Therapy to reduce and manage the symptoms of stress is now documented and evidence based. 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 linked to stress. Explore principles and practices for stress management at each of these levels.
Friday, February 21, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Introduction to Stress Management
This weekend will include lecture and practice including methods to relieve musculoskeletal tension, manage symptoms, improve sleep, manage energy, and improve coping strategies for dealing with stressful events and the subsequent negative symptoms of stress. Students will explore the theory, principle and practices of Yoga Therapy to address anxiety.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
1:30 – 4:00 PM
Relieving Neck & Shoulder Tension
Viniyoga methodology will be used as the basis to learn and experience specific therapeutic sequences for the neck and shoulders, and is designed for therapists, teachers, and individuals who suffer from any type of neck or shoulder pain. We will experience a sequence of adapted āsana-s designed to relieve symptoms and strengthen these areas of the body.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
5:30 – 8:00 PM
Insomnia and sleeplessness are two of the most common and troubling symptoms of chronic physiologically-based conditions. The stress and strain of daily life, changing emotional landscapes, diet, environmental toxicity and hereditary tendencies can all contribute to the development and exacerbation of many different conditions which produce similar symptoms. In addition, as we age, the length and quality of our sleep can also be significantly affected. In this segment, students will explore the theory, principle and practices of Yoga Therapy to address sleeplessness.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
1:30 – 4:30 PM
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.