Tapas is what initiates transformation, whether it be the digestive fire that transforms food into nutrition, or jnana, the fire of intelligence that transforms information into wisdom. What do you advise to someone looking for a moment or many moments of detox in a go-go-go culture? In the following sessions you will develop structural goals including: skeletal alignment, joint stability, muscular resilience and functional neuromuscular movement patterns. On this episode, I speak with yoga therapy pioneer Gary Kraftsow. If you have your own props, please bring them. However, this isn't a book that is good for yoga novices like myself. Each chapter takes us through a new layer of human consciousness, showing us all the blocks and baggage we carefully arrange around ourselves throughout our lives to prevent us from looking much deeper than the physical. Given the scope of practice, the heritage of the lineage and the many therapeutic applications, the training requirements for Viniyoga teachers are extensive.
Pranidhana is the quality of our relationship to what Ishvara represents. Also, nadi shodhana breath is good for balancing hormones. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher and has authored two books that I highly recommend, Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation. He studied the teaching of Saiva Siddhanta with well-known mystic and scholar V. Alternate nostril breathing should not be practiced when one has nasal and sinus congestion. The mat is where you do asana practice.
Repetition, adaptation and careful attention to sequencing and breathwork are other key elements. It is after all ourselves who seek transformation, not anybody else, and the five koshas are five parts of our whole. Gary Kraftsow is the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, following in the tradition of T. Ishvara Pranidhana Ishvara translates as lord; it represents that which is our highest truth. Practice brings a strong, flexible and resilient back coupled with a long and steady, smooth and subtle breath. The detailed and accessible descriptions clearly present a wide range of useful practices that will help improve your energy, intellect, emotions, personality and spirit. When we change a habit, we become more resilient and capable of further changes.
In Viniyoga, it is never about the practices, but rather always about the practitioner. Learn the difference and move towards peak health by adapting yoga practices to individualize and actualize your process of self-discovery and personal. What else can I say except beautiful, beautiful. We can go as deeply as we want and then come back out to the surface again. Leave a review on iTunes, or share with your friends on social media 2. Finally, relaxation exercises can be practiced to help the client stop repeating the patterns of chronic muscular contraction. Though at that time I was more interested in the mystical and spiritual aspects of yoga, my teachers told me that my future would involve bringing yoga therapy into the context of Western health.
Desikachar, son and student of T. As we work toward change, resistance against the natural flow is created, and this resistance creates heat, or tapas. Gentle asana in supine or seated poses can help relieve upper back pain. Gary says kriya yoga is the process of transforming yourself through action, and that for change to occur, we must first look at our daily activities, speech, communication, thoughts and mental processes. I couldn't really get enough out of it without a teacher to help. She leads yoga workshops and remains a perennial student. One can place the palms or a cool cloth on the eyes and practice guided relaxation or yoga nidra with light weight on the eyes like an eye pillow or cool cloth.
To heal chronic aches and pains, he suggested that we discover our own dysfunctional neuromuscular movement patterns the ways we move or hold ourselves--say with our neck craned or our back slumped--that contribute to our discomfort , and see if we can change them. We can attune to and identify with Ishvara because, like Ishvara, who we truly are is also not linked to time and space, although we dwell within a material body and mind. What makes it different from other kinds of yoga? Watch and listen below to what Gary has to say about his upcoming program, happening at 1440 from March 8 — 10, 2019. Gary taught a three-day workshop on the Viniyoga approach to yoga therapy last January at Moksha Yoga and focused a portion of the training on how to treat headaches using yoga techniques. There are certain species that create contraction, limitation and that which is undesirable. Viniyoga recognizes that human beings are multidimensional.
He lived in Madras, India for four years, and began studying with T. If you put your right arm into your coat first, try putting the left arm in first, for example. They encouraged me to study Western health sciences and trained me as a yoga therapist beginning in 1976. Go beyond the physical exercise of yoga with the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute While there is no denying yoga's popularity as a form of physical exercise, the other life-enhancing aspects of this tradition remain obscure to many Westerners. He holds a masters degree in religion and psychology and rattles off dozens of stories and teachings of saints, yogis, and philosophers in the course of a class.
When someone asked a question about good and evil, Gary referred again to the Yoga Sutras, explaining the fundamental polarity in human existence-expansiveness and contraction. We can concentrate on one area for a while before moving back to the physical. I wasn't really clear on how transformed I would be after reading it, but I did enjoy the different suggestions for using the poses. Each chapter ends with a practice. Then the next step becomes obvious. If we're dealing with specific issues--like chronic neck pain, doesn't it make more sense to tailor a short maybe 15-minute practice for releasing neck tension and do it a couple of times a day? Become a Patreon supporter at and gain access to podcast extras and hours of yoga practice resources including vinyasa sequences, breathwork, chanting and guided meditations.
Devasenapathi, and yoga with T. In this workshop, however, the emphasis was on adapting asana in preparation for pranayama and meditation practice, with lectures and discussion on the fundamentals of yoga philosophy and their application in everyday life. If there is congestion with the sinus headache without body heat or fever, the client should breathe normally and suspend the breath after each exhalation for a few seconds. In yoga circles, teachers talk about taking yoga off the mat and into our lives. There are a few conditions to consider when relieving sinus headaches. But here they are presented more as layers within a spiral.