with Gary Kraftsow
Viniyoga is an approach to yoga that adapts the various techniques and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs, and interests of each individual. It aims to give practitioners the tools needed to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. Gary Kraftsow evolved this approach from the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. These three workshops explore the outer and inner goals of asana, pranayama, and meditation from the Viniyoga perspective. Join Gary for all three programs, or take the one that most interests you.
Asana: Optimizing Structure, August 16–19
In this foundational workshop, Gary focuses on the means and methods of achieving both the outer and the inner goals of asana. The outer goals include alignment, stability, appropriate range of motion, resilience, symmetry, and functional movement patterns. Inner goals include cultivating awareness of the central channel, increasing and directing the flow of prana in the nadis, and strengthening agni, the inner fire. Learn how to adapt and individualize asana practice to help you achieve these goals.
Pranayama: Optimizing Physiology, August 19–21
Dive into the realm of pranayama, where your emphasis is on the outer goals of increasing vitality, improving sleep, enhancing energy, and managing stress, stimulating immune response, and influencing sympathetic and parasympathetic regulation to optimize physiological processes. Gary also pays appropriate attention to the inner goals of building prana shakti, directing agni for purification, balancing the emotions, and clarifying the mind. Explore how to adapt and individualize pranayama to help you achieve these goals and go even deeper with Gary’s teachings on and practice of bandhas.
Meditation: Optimizing Cognitive Capacity, August 21–23
What is possible with meditation? This workshop focuses on the means and methods for achieving both the outer and inner goals of meditation. Beginning with the outer goals of overcoming distraction and increasing the capacity to sustain focused attention, you move on to deepening your capacity for self-reflection, identifying how memory and conditioning influence perception, and cultivating non-attachment. Gary also gives careful consideration to the inner goals of recognizing the true nature of Self and cultivating insight and wisdom, or buddhi shakti.