Press Articles and Media
A collection of Gary Kraftsow’s writings, press interviews and podcasts, etc.
The Yoga of Deśikācar
A dialogue to honour and express gratitude for Sri TKV Deśikācar on the occasion of the 2021 International Day of Yoga. This online event was organised by Yoga Vahini and Ritambhara Ashram. The intent behind this event is for teachers in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya-Desikachar to reflect upon: Who are the teachers of…
Yoga for Managing the Stress Response – IYD San Antonio
Join Gary Kraftsow for this one-hour presentation and short practice for the San Antonio celebration of the 2021 International Day of Yoga. Learn some simple yoga techniques to help manage the stress response.
Embodied Yoga interview with Gary Kraftsow
Listen to Gary’s interview with Mark Walsh of Embodied Yoga as he discusses his days with Deśikācar and Kriṣṇamācārya, Yoga Therapy, the importance of the breath, the lineage of Viniyoga, the multi-dimensional model of the human being, the ultimate goal of yoga as preparation for death.
Meet Gary Kraftsow
Meet Gary Kraftsow. The first American yoga teacher to be certified by T.K.V. Desikachar and now the leading teacher of Viniyoga Therapy.
A Viniyoga Sequence for Managing Addictive Behavior in Yoga Journal
Gary Kraftsow was named a Lifetime Contributor and “one of America’s Leading Yoga Therapists” by Yoga Journal magazine. In the July/August 2019 issue, learn more about Viniyoga and experience the power of an integrated Yoga Therapy practice to help manage addictive behavior.
Positive Life Magazine Recommends Yoga for Life with Gary Kraftsow
Positive Life Magazine has recommended Gary Kraftsow’s workshop, Yoga for Life, at Unity Yoga in Clonakilty, Co. Cork on June 14-16, 2019. Are you living for your yoga practice, or using your yoga practice to help you live your life? Join Gary Kraftsow, Founder & Director of the American Viniyoga Institute, to explore specific Yogic…
Podcast with Brian James of Medicine Path Yoga
Gary speaks with Brian James of Medicine Path Yoga about the early days on his 40-year yogic path, the meaning of Tantra, the Cakra-s as a symbol system and tool for personal transformation, and what Yoga Therapy is all about.
Podcast with J. Brown
Listen to Gary and J. talk about: Gary’s time in India and his relationship with TKV Desikachar, the story behind the name of American Viniyoga Institute, and the potential role of Yoga Therapy in healthcare.
Righting the Balance of Emotional Well-being
“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…
Viniyoga for Low Back Pain: New Study Results Released
Karen Sherman’s first randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigating the effectiveness of yoga for low back pain was published in 2005 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Her initial study was met by high enthusiasm among Viniyoga teachers and therapists as well as the broader yoga community. Recently, results from Sherman’s second, larger study using the…
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…
Four common mistakes in back pain treatment
An article in the September 2014 issue of Consumer Reports lists five alternative treatments for back pain. Along with Spinal Manipulation (performed by a chiropractor, osteopath or physical therapist), Massage, Acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Viniyoga was specifically mentioned as “the most effective form of yoga for back pain”.
“I have practiced Yoga on and off for 44 years, but until a client raved about what Viniyoga had done for her, I had not heard of it.” Read what Sandra Levy of Alexandria Myotherapy in Alexandria, Virginia has to say about discovering and then re-discovering the therapeutic benefits of Viniyoga.
For this CEO, mindful management means yoga for employees
View a segment from PBS NewsHour on the classes provided for Aetna employees by the American Viniyoga Institute.
Patricia Sanzone: A Position of Strength
How a breast cancer survivor and Viniyoga Therapist, Patricia Sanzone, used her love of yoga to help others.
The Yoga Therapist Will See You Now
An article about Yoga Therapy, featuring two American Viniyoga Institute graduates.
“Pranayama, the formal practice of controlling the breath, lies at the heart of yoga. It has a mysterious power to soothe and revitalize a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind.” Read inspiration from a variety of yogic traditions and teachers (including Gary Kraftsow) about the ancient practice of Pranayama
Radical Healing: Yoga with Gary Kraftsow
The nationally acclaimed yoga teacher couldn’t move when he woke up from brain surgery. But that didn’t stop him from practicing yoga.
Yoga Therapy: A Living, Healing Tradition – Part 3
The Inner Art of Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy: A Living, Healing Tradition – Part 2
The city dweller and the nine cities.
Yoga Therapy: A Living Healing Tradition – Part 1
Vedic Roots of Wisdom
Yoga Shouldn’t Hurt Panel
Join Ana Forrest, Gary Kraftsow, David Swenson, and William Broad, author of the highly-publicized book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards, as they discuss the complexities of this controversial topic. Moderated by Yoga Journal Editor in Chief, Kaitlin Quistgaard.
A Healing Yoga Sequence to Ease Neck + Shoulder Pain
Spending too much time at your desk? Try this Viniyoga sequence for neck and shoulder relief.
Aetna Delivers Evidence-based Mind-Body Stress Management Programs
Viniyoga and mindfulness program helps participants reduce their perceived stress levels.
Yoga para la Depresión
El yoga nos señala el camino para salir de la depresión y dirigirnos a un nivel más profundo de nuestro ser. Prueba estas posturas, ejercicios de respiración y mantras.
The Distinction Between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy Session
This article originally appeared in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy — No. 24 (2014).
How Aetna C.E.O. brings health and healing to workplace
Bertolini found healing in Viniyoga, and it helped change the way he viewed recovery.
The Meaning of Life, A Reflection by Gary Kraftsow
Gary Kraftsow talks about the meaning of life.
Biomechanics of Respiration
A video excerpt from the course, Pranayama Unlocked: A Practice-Based Intensive.
Yoga for Depression: An Integrated Practice
Yoga teaches us how to lift ourselves out of depression and move toward a deeper sense of self. Find out how—and try these poses, breathing exercises, and mantras.
Yoga As a Religion?
Gary Kraftsow was a member of a panel that discussed issues of yoga and religion with Yoga Journal. When asked if it’s possible to teach the deeper aspects of yoga in a way that doesn’t cross boundaries of ideology and belief, Gary responded, “I think that we can definitely teach a mind-body connection and teach…
Top Research Abstract Award at IAYT Symposium on Yoga Research
The Aetna Mind Body Pilot won the Top Research Abstract Award at the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ Symposium on Yoga Research on September 23 – 25, 2011 at Kripalu, Lenox, MA. Viniyoga and mindfulness at work: 12 week worksite stress reduction programs reduce perceived stress and improve sleep quality and autonomic balance. Authors: G…
Where is Yoga Headed These Days? The Experts Discuss its Evolution, and Future
Gary joins a panel with Seane Corn, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman at the Omega Institute to discuss the commercialization of yoga.