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With the Founder and Director of the
American Viniyoga Institute
Gary Kraftsow


Create a conscious relationship with your sacred breath — and begin working with it to increase vitality, balance your emotions and nervous system, manage stress, overcome suffering, and cultivate a deeper spiritual approach to life.


Did you know that each breath you take holds the potential to transform an issue you’re struggling with?

As part of your autonomic nervous system, your respiratory system is a powerful tool for bridging your conscious and unconscious mind and elevating your health — once you learn how to work with it.

In fact, master yoga teacher Gary Kraftsow teaches that as the most uniquely potent part of yoga practice, breath is what integrates everything — physiologically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Gary was initiated into the ancient breathwork lineage prāṇāyāma while studying in India as a teenager by T.K.V. Deśikāchar and his father Tirumalai Kriṣṇamācārya — a renowned yogi who brought the great tradition of authentic yoga to the West. He and his son served as a bridge between ancient and modern practice. 

These traditional teachings illuminate a multidimensional approach to breathwork that creates conscious relationships with our bodily systems, powered by intention.

The ancient art and science of prāṇāyāma is one of the most powerful, and yet rarely understood, practices to emerge from Vedic India. The secrets of prāṇāyāma were held in and transmitted through lineages — very few of which survived into modern times. In fact, authentic teachings of prāṇāyāma are almost impossible to find in the West today.

During this event with Gary, the founder and director of the American Viniyoga Institute, you’ll have the rare opportunity to explore the traditional teachings of prāṇāyāma and how they can help you access the full potential of the breath to consciously transform your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing

Building a conscious relationship with the breath can be a powerful ally to your health and spiritual evolution. Gary will share how different breath patterns result in different effects that can help us transform what ails us — whether stress, illness and chronic conditions, depression, or disconnection — into calm, vitality, joy, and a deeper sense of meaning and connection to Spirit.

You’ll also discover some of the misunderstandings about the use of breath that have become common tenets of yoga practice in the West. 

If you’re looking for a practice that can gently help you enhance your health and expand your consciousness by accessing your multifaceted self in a multidynamic way, you’ll definitely want to attend this event, as what you learn here can support your health for a lifetime.


In this free online workshop, you’ll:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of breath — and how you can work with it for health and wellbeing 
  • Be guided in an integration breathwork experience on directional flow and expanding the threshold of the breath to support balanced sympathetic-parasympathetic regulation
  • Learn about the relationships between breathing, chanting, and meditating — and the power of the breath to weave together these tools 
  • Begin to understand different ways to control the flow of the breath to produce different effects
  • Discover how to fully utilize the threshold breath — a powerful, yet often misunderstood, secret of yoga — and why this is tremendously useful for your health and wellbeing 

For more than 50 years, Gary has been an innovator in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation.

He’ll share how the ancient and modern science of prāṇāyāma can create an integrated path of healing and awakening by harnessing conscious intention to improve your health

and supporting sympathetic-parasympathetic regulation that can help you stabilize your health and unlock deeper layers of meaning, connection, and fulfillment.

You’ll also learn more about Gary’s new 7-week live video course on the ancient art and science of authentic prāṇāyāma yoga — multidimensional breathwork to balance your emotions and nervous system, enhance mental clarity, and attune to Spirit. 

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Join this FREE video event with Gary Kraftsow to discover the art and science of authentic prāṇāyāma and how the breath can be synergized with conscious intention to elevate your health and consciousness.

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What People Are Saying About Gary Kraftsow…

“Learning from [Gary] is truly an enlightening and educational experience.”

Gary Kraftsow is a living yoga master. His depth and breadth of knowledge of yoga is vast, as is his experience as a practitioner and teacher of almost 40 years. Learning from him is truly an enlightening and educational experience. Every time I study with Gary, I feel elevated as a practitioner and empowered as a teacher. Studying with Gary Kraftsow is mandatory for students seeking authentic yoga.
— M.P., Viniyoga teacher

“[Gary’s] meditations are spot on, and I am benefiting so much from attending them.”

I wanted to let you know that I am profoundly grateful for your Zoom practices. As a daily technology user for my job, it can be challenging to get an intimate and empathetic feeling to come across consistently in a remote session. Your meditations are spot on, and I am benefiting so much from attending them.
— B.R., Viniyoga teacher

“I love the way [Gary] presents the teachings in such an understandable and eloquent way.”

Thank you so much for the work you have done in inspiring people. I love the way you present the teachings in such an understandable and eloquent way. When you stated the reason we suffer “as the result of our entanglement with the world of name and form,” I was just blown away. When you frame it that way, of all a sudden everything makes sense to me. I understood how the greatness of the whole has magnified my understanding.
— E.N., Viniyoga teacher-in-training


About Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been an innovator in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation for over 40 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Deśikāchar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France in 1988. 

Gary received his master’s degree in psychology and religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983 and opened the Maui School of Yoga Therapy around that time. 

In 1999, he founded the American Viniyoga Institute, LLC. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally. Gary developed protocols for two National Institutes of Health studies, one on yoga for chronic low back pain and one on yoga for anxiety. He also helped develop a clinical trial on mind-body stress reduction in the workplace.

He is the director and senior teacher at the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI®), author of the books Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, and the educational DVDs Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips… Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and ShouldersViniyoga Therapy for Depression… and Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety

He has also produced multiple online workshops and is in the process of creating the AVI Digital Library, which offers both live and on-demand classes.