“By engaging every aspect of our being, yoga teaches us how to lift ourselves out of depression and move toward a deeper sense of self.”
–Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, Founder and Director American Viniyoga Institute
Gary Kraftsow’s latest article on Viniyoga Therapy appears in the Winter 2011-12 issue of Yoga International. Gary reminds us that “yoga teaches us that we aren’t our feelings or our symptoms but live in multidimensional relationship with them.”
In “Righting the Balance of Emotional Well-being”, he discusses the role of balancing physiology, particularly the autonomic nervous system for managing depression. He also discusses the importance of and tools for stabilizing and uplifting moods, awakening the intellect and building will.
The article features an integrated practice sequence for depression using asana, pranayama, chanting and mantra meditation. It is a great companion tool to the article is Kraftsow’s Viniyoga Therapy for Depression DVD from Pranamaya.com.