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The Living, Healing Tradition of Yoga Therapy with Gary Kraftsow

August 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until August 18, 2019

An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until August 18, 2019

Gary Kraftsow, Down Under School of Yoga

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.

Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it.

— Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute

Friday 7:30–9:30pm
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.

Cost: $295

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.


August 16, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Down Under School of Yoga


Down Under School of Yoga
306 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02460 United States
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