Press Articles and Media

A collection of Gary Kraftsow’s writings, press interviews and podcasts, etc.

Nonsectarian but not Secular: Yoga and Religion

Gary talks to J Brown about the historical, philosophical, and religious context in which yoga appeared. They discuss the origins and substance of teachings given by TKV Desikachar at Colgate University in 1976, Patanjali’s interest in the phenomenon of faith rather than the metaphysical nature of the godhead, qualified non-dualism, escaping the materialism of asana,…

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…

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 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.

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…

Teaching Pranayama

“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

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.

The Differences Between Yoga Teacher Training Programs and Yoga Therapist Training Programs

This article originally appeared in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy — No. 24 (2014). A yoga teacher training program differs from a yoga therapist training program. We present an overview of the essential contents of each type of program in order to illustrate the differences.

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…