Asana Unlocked: Reframe Your Understanding, Renew Your Practice
with Gary Kraftsow, M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
August 22 - 25, 2019
Join Gary Kraftsow in a workshop designed for students and teachers of all levels who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of asana (Yoga posture). Practitioners will learn to use asana as a means to better understand their bodies and begin to transform their present conditions. Teachers will further their understanding of what is happening in their students’ bodies, and learn how to use adaptation in asana to move their students toward transformation.
Yoga is an ancient system that includes a set of practical tools to help us heal and transform. Asana is one of those tools and can help practitioners create a conscious relationship with their bodies in order to develop, maintain, and/or rehabilitate their structures. It is often the gateway that leads to the study of other tools such as pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, chanting, and mantra. Building a strong foundation through practice creates sturdy roots to help practitioners access the deeper promises of Yoga.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (Ya): approximately 15 contact hours.
- You can input your contact hours using your Ya login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTa members.) For more information, email [email protected].
Thursday: Introduction to Viniyoga Asana Principles
Asana is a tool to help you understand and transform your present condition, not a goal nor an end in itself. In Viniyoga, the function of asana takes precedence over the form, and we utilize the breath to initiate movement. Both form and breath can then be adapted to serve the goals of the practitioner. This will help to accustom the body to gain the most benefit from each posture.
Friday: The Biomechanics of Asana
Explore the core principles and purposes of the five different directions of movement in asana: forward bend, backward bend, lateral bend, twist, and axial extension. Learn about “release valves” in asana and how you can use yogic tools to replace dysfunctional movement patterns with healthy ones.
Saturday AM: Form Adaptation in Asana
The goal of asana is to serve the practitioner, not the posture. Study how to adapt the forms of the asanas to serve the functional needs of your body. Learn to make the postures useful and relevant for you, which will help you to further your own transformation.
Saturday PM: Breath Adaptation in Asana
Krishnamacharya once told Gary that if you are not using breath in asana, you are only doing calisthenics. Explore the importance of coordinating breath and movement in asana practice, the use of the directional flow of breath, and how breath initiates movement in asana.
Sunday: The Art and Science of Sequencing
In Viniyoga, we say that sequencing should be effective, efficient, and elegant. Well-Sequenced asana practice is logically ordered, context-specific, manifests an intention, incorporates the tools related to the intention, and provides maximum functional benefits with minimal risks.
Gary Kraftsow is a gifted instructor full of enthusiasm and knowledge. You feel his passion and he shares his wisdom and personality. — Wendy Bonvechio
Gary Kraftsow’s Yoga is the real deal. I feel the therapeutic effects in my own body and look forward to learning more. — Lynda Barrow
Gary Kraftsow is the founder, director, and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute. He is the author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation as well as the educational DVD series: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips; Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders; Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety; and Viniyoga Therapy for Depression. He began his journey as a student, practitioner, teacher, and therapist at age 19 when he traveled to Madras (now Chennai) India, to study. He later received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France. Gary graduated from Colgate University in 1976 and received his…
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