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 “There is a power in this transmission and
if you awaken it,
it will transform you.”

— Gary Kraftsow

CURRENT SERIES

Rakṣana Krama
Using āsana and prāṇāyāma to maintain lifelong health and wellbeing

Conceived by Nāthamuni as one of the most important orientations in personal practice that utilizes the tools of āsana and prāṇāyāma, rakṣana krama is designed to protect our health as we move through time and space.

In rakṣana krama with a structural focus (Tuesdays), āsana-s are adapted in order to deepen our understanding of how our structure is changing over time and, with that understanding, work to: maintain or regain proper alignment, maintain or improve joint stability and range of motion, strengthen weak muscles, release chronic muscular contraction, maintain or restore symmetry, increase circulation, and identify and transform dysfunction neuro-muscular movement patterns.  Learn the unique Viniyoga methods of adapting and sequencing breath-centric āsana. In this series of classes, experience well-designed sequences through which we will systematically explore and work with each of the key areas of our anatomy.

In rakṣana krama with a physiological focus (Fridays), breath-centric āsana and prāṇāyāma are adapted in order to deepen our understanding of how our physiological systems are impacted by the pressures and stresses of daily life in order to support or improve their function. Learn the unique Viniyoga methods of breath adaptation in āsana to prepare for specific prāṇāyāma ratios and techniques. We will use these tools to systematically explore and work with each of our major physiological systems.

Tuesdays & Fridays for 45-60 minutes at 10:00 am PT

January 26, 2021 – March 12, 2021

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Mentorship Saṅgha

In this 90 minute meeting, Gary will offer a short talk on a relevant topic of interest to the group, lead a related practice, and then open the session up to participants for Q&A and mentoring about their personal practice and teaching. We will meet together on a special Zoom link that will be shared with all registrants on the day of the session.

Meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4pmPT.

Exclusive to Ananta Pass holders. 

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Mahāvākya – A Path to Freedom

The Mahāvākyas are short statements, usually taken from the Upaniṣad-s, which distill and reveal profound Truths about the Divine (Brahma), the Self (Ātman), and the Universe.

These Mahāvākyas offer a path to find answers to life’s key questions, and ultimately Self-Realization (Ātmavidyā) and/or ‘God-Realization’ (Brahmavidyā). While the Devatā Yoga series focused on the Symbolic Language of the Gāyatrī Mantras for each Deity, this series will focus on the Philosophical Language of the Mahāvākyas.

Each class will offer a truly integrated practice using āsana, prānāyāma, chanting, and meditation with a focus on one of the great Mahāvākyas, using a different one for each session.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Bandha-s: Prānāyāma and Associated Practices

Bandha-s, which can be translated as “locks”, are practiced in association with prāṇāyāma. They are powerful tools developed in the context of Tantric Yoga, designed to accelerate the action of transformation in the human vessel. In this series, we will work with these powerful and often misunderstood tools, learning how to use them correctly in order to experience their benefits.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

SERIES PASS AVAILABLE.

Kriyā-s: Prānāyāma and Associated Practices

Kriyā-s are cleansing exercises usually practiced in association with prāṇāyāma. Kriyā-s are traditionally practiced after āsana, before prāṇāyāma. In this series of practices, we will work with these powerful techniques, learning how to use them correctly in order to experience their benefits.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Prāṇāyāma & Meditation

Langhana:  Manage your stress and promote deep relaxation.

Bṛṁhaṇa:  Build courage and strengthen your immune system.

A progressive series of practices which will use a varying combination of breath and meditation techniques.

All practices can be done seated on the floor or on a chair.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

SERIES PASS AVAILABLE.

The River of Life: The Inner Practices of Tantric Yoga

Resolve current issues and set a new direction for your future.  A progressive series of practices which will use a varying combination of breath, Mantra, self-reflective meditation, Cakra Sādhana , and Deity Yoga.

All practices can be done seated on the floor or on a chair.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

SERIES PASS AVAILABLE.

Working with the Nāḍī-s

Bṛṁhaṇa & Samāna Prāṇāyāma

Stimulate and activate your system using specialized nostril breathing techniques combined with either Bṛṁhaṇa or Samāna breathing ratios. A progressive series of practices designed to build courage, stimulate the immune system, balance the emotions, clarify the mind, and activate your creativity.

Langhana & Samāna Prāṇāyāma

Balance your autonomic nervous system and promote deep relaxation using specialized nostril breathing techniques combined with either Langhana or Samāna breathing ratios. A progressive series of practices designed to manage stress, balance the emotions, clarify the mind, and promote deep relaxation.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Tantric Laya Yoga Meditations: Bhūta Śuddhi & Cakra Sādhana

The Ancients evolved a complex symbol system and associated methods of practice to help us understand and transform ourselves at the level of thought, feeling, impulse, and ultimately conditioning. In this progressive series, we will use these symbols and methods in meditation to explore and transform our dysfunction and actualize our potential.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Hṛdaya-Granthi Bhedanam:  The Knots of the Heart

In this series, we will work with the “Knots of the Heart-Mind” as they manifest through the cakra-s.  Using specific meditation technique, learn to surface and deactivate the ‘land mines’ that block us from realizing our full potential.

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Devatā Yoga

The Ancient practice of Devatā Yoga uses the symbolism of the Vedic Gods and Goddesses as a means of helping practitioners realize and actualize what the tradition calls our ‘innate Divine potential.’

There are three practices for each Deity.

↝In the Bṛṁhaṇa class, learn to chant the a specific Gāyatrī Mantra and use it in Āsana & Prāṇāyāma

↝In the Langhana class, continue to learn the Gāyatrī Mantra, using a different combination of Āsana & Prāṇāyāma.

↝In the Samāna  meditation class, learn about the particular Deity that is the personification of the Gāyatrī Mantra, as well as specific techniques to support your meditative experience on/with that Deity.

Deities

(Gaṇeśa) Gaṇapati
Brahma
Sarasvatī
Viṣṇu
Lakṣmī
Rudra (Śiva)
Durgā
Dattātreya
Sāvitrī 

Led by Master teacher, Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.