Join Gary Kraftsow, named by Yoga Journal as a Lifetime Contributor and “One of America’s Leading Yoga Therapists," as he demonstrates the Viniyoga Therapist approach to managing structural, physiological, and psycho-emotional conditions.
In the structural segments (Saturday), we will explore practices to work with common structural conditions related to the back, hips, neck, and shoulders. In the physiological segments (Sunday), we will explore practices to manage fatigue that accompanies many conditions. In the psychological segment (Sunday), we will explore practices to manage symptoms of anxiety, reframe our life orientation, and find sources of happiness and inspiration.
Introduction to Yoga Therapy
Introduction to the multidimensional nature of yoga and the applications of Yoga Therapy. Learn the distinction between a yoga class and a session with a Yoga Therapist.
Saturday 2:00–8:30pm (with 4:30–6pm break)
Yoga Therapy for Low Back/Hips
Yoga Therapy for Neck/Shoulders
Explore biomechanics of the back, hips, neck, and shoulders, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. Experience a sequence of adapted āsanas designed to relieve symptoms and strengthen these areas of the body.
Sunday 2:00–8:30pm (with 4:30–6:00pm break)
Yoga Therapy for Fatigue
Do you ever find yourself fluctuating between fatigue and stress? Would you like to understand how to use your practice to manage your energy? Focusing on the autonomic nervous system, we'll consider how to create and maintain balanced energy throughout the day. Then we'll explore how to use breath-centric asana and pranayama as functional tools to help you move through life with vitality and relaxation. Practice includes breath-centric asana and pranayama.
Yoga Therapy for Anxiety
We'll focus on psychological aspects of the human system, explore models of the integrated personality that emerge from Vedic teachings, and discover the science of meditation that the ancients developed for reducing suffering and cultivating our higher human potential. The ancients understood emotion as the complex interaction between our mood, cognitive processes, behavior, and physiologic responses, and developed practices to reduce troubling emotional states and cultivate positive ones. We'll experience the interaction of these four aspects of emotion and the practices used to transform states of anxiety.
Due to the integrated nature of this experience, it is recommended that students attend the entire weekend. Students may sign up for Saturday or Sunday only for $185. Registration for either single day includes the highly recommended Friday evening introduction.
Don’t miss this comprehensive workshop for fresh insights into working with modern conditions drawn from the ancient lineage of Yoga Therapy.