The Ancients developed systems of personal practice designed to help individuals develop and optimize their potential and protect and maintain their health and well-being throughout life.
In our time together we will explore how the tools of Yoga practice, including āsana, prāṇāyāma, mantra-japa, and meditation (svādhyāya, saṅkalpa, and manasa pūjā) can be adapted to support our anatomical, physiological, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being throughout our life cycle.
Sessions will focus on:
● the principles and practice of adapted, breath-centric āsana in order to maintain strength and mobility throughout our lifetime and as we age, including joint protection, maintaining balance, and maintaining a strong lower back, and releasing tension in the neck and shoulders.
● the principles and practice of adapted, breath-centric āsana and prāṇāyāma in order to maintain optimal physiological functioning throughout our lifetime and as we age, including how to manage stress how to stimulate and optimize immune function.
● the principles and practice of adapted, breath-centric āsana, prāṇāyāma, and meditation, including svādhyāya and saṅkalpa, to help us maintain emotional balance and mental clarity throughout our lifetime, and as we age including identifying and releasing attachments to things that are not serving us and cultivating a sense of purpose that can guide our choices as we move forward into our future.
● the principles and practice of adapted, breath-centric āsana, prāṇāyāma, meditation, mantra-japa, and manasa pūjā to help us nourish our “spiritual hearts” throughout our lifetime and as we age including finding joy and happiness in the present moment, and a sense of deeper meaning in the face of the inevitable end of life.
Throughout our sessions together, there will be time for presentations, discussions, Q&A, and practices.
Offered as 2 workshops and 3 satsangs (subject to change).
Gary Kraftsow has been an innovator in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation for over 40 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Deśikācar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France in 1988.
Gary graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University in 1976 and received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. Around that time, he opened Maui School of Yoga Therapy. In 1999, he founded the American Viniyoga Institute, LLC. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally.
Gary has successfully developed protocol for two National Institutes of Health studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety”, as well for the “Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace” clinical trial for Aetna Insurance Company.
He is the Director and Senior Teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI®), the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, and author of four educational DVD’s: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders, Viniyoga Therapy for Depression, and Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety. He has also produced multiple online workshops: Āsana Unlocked, Pranayama Unlocked, Meditation Unlocked, Yoga Therapy for Depression, Yoga Therapy for Better Sleep, and Yoga Therapy for Anxiety. He is currently creating the AVI Digital Library which offers both live and on-demand classes.
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