The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) announced the "draft proposed" educational standards developed by the IAYT Educational Standards Committee. Gary Kraftsow, the Founder and Director of AVI has been a member of the committee for the past two years. The educational standards are for the training of Yoga therapists for schools, not individual practitioners. ..
Gary Kraftsow and Corey Kelly from TriBalance Yoga at the Art and Science of Sequencing Session
"A mantra practice is like a psycho-emotional digestive enzyme that dissolves neuroses."
--Gary Kraftsow in the Yoga Journal Conference-Grand Geneva session,
"Tantric Yoga Meditation and the Heart-Mind."
From the pastoral glacial moraine of Lake Geneva, WI, Gary Kraftsow is wrapping up his 4th day at the Yoga Journal Conference at Grand Geneva. Through the course of the conference, Gary has worked through a comprehensive view of yoga with sessions on evidence-based Viniyoga Therapy for structural conditions, sequencing asana practice, pranayama and bandha, meditation and the heart-mind, evidence-based Viniyoga Therapy for stress management and today, Viniyoga Therapy for emotional conditions.
Gary's next workshop is this coming weekend in Portland, Oregon where he presents Journey to OneSelf; Harnessing the Power of the Body, Breath, and Mood and Thought at Yoga Shala. FOR MORE INFORMATION
Gary Kraftsow at the Evidence-Based Viniyoga Therapy for Structural Conditions session
We use the term Viniyoga to refer to an approach to Yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual - giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. Mirka Scalco Kraftsow demonstrated the Viniyoga principle of adaptation in her workshop for yoga teachers, "Therapeutic Applications for Neck, Back and Hips" at River Garden Yoga Studio in St. Paul, MN on June 15, 2011. ..
Dona Robinson, AVI Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Graduate, presented a 15 minute Viniyoga relaxation sequence to 1,500 Indiana University Health leaders and managers on June 9 and 10, 2011. ..
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow has been a yoga teacher in the Viniyoga tradition since 1981. She transmits the teachings of yoga with wholeness, passion and creativity. In this brief audio clip, she discusses the state of yoga in a way that is accessible for anyone. ..
Robin: "If we limit yoga research to evidenced based research are we missing some of the yoga?" ..
Aetna, the American Viniyoga Institute and e-Mindful collaborated to conduct a pilot study on mind-body approaches to stress reduction. The pilot showed significant reductions in stress as compared to the control group. The Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program will be offered in additional Aetna worksites this spring and summer. Data collection will continue to further the understanding of how mind-body approaches can positively impact health and wellness. ..
"Viniyoga has taught me that asana is just setting the table - setting the table for pranayama, for meditation, for personal growth. It is such a wonderful banquet.” - Dr. Laura Gervais, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, Cheyenne, WY ..
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