Yoga at the Village Master Class Series presents
An Introduction to the Adaptation of Yoga
to Those with Special Needs
TEACHERS: Earn 3 continuing education units toward your Yoga Alliance renewal.
Viniyoga or Yoga as TKV Desikachar wishes that the discipline be called, is rooted in the principles taught to him by his father, Sri T. Krishnamacarya. Krishnamacarya was also the teacher of well known contemporary Yoga masters B.K.S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and Indra Devi.
The American Viniyoga Institute, co-founded by Gary Kraftsow and Mirka Kraftsow, uses the term Viniyoga to refer to Yoga as a practice that is adapted to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs, present lifestyle and goals of each individual. The practice can include asana, pranayama, sound, meditation and other classic elements. Viniyoga emphasizes breath and postures, often coordinated in movement, to strengthen and address the therapeutic requirements of the individual.
In this workshop you will learn how to apply the basic concepts of how to adapt the practice of Yoga to meet the specific needs of an individual. This workshop invites students who are healthy along with those who have illnesses or injuries ranging from mild to severe. Through the understanding and use of the concepts of breathing, adaptation, observation and sequencing in the Viniyoga tradition, you will learn to safely address the needs of each person while not compromising the group.
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow has been a health practitioner and educator since 1974. In addition her role as Co-Director of AVI and Co-Teacher of the AVI Yoga Teacher Training Program, Mirka has been a Yoga teacher in the Viniyoga™ methodology since 1981 and a Yoga Therapist since 1988. Born and raised in Italy, Mirka traveled and studied different modalities of dance, movement, psychology and meditation in India, Europe and the United States. Over the years Mirka has helped hundreds of individuals develop and maintain a personal practice and manage challenging personal and therapeutic conditions. Mirka served as consultant for several successful national yoga studies, and assisted the development of materials for Gary Kraftsow’s books “Yoga for Wellness” and “Yoga for Transformation.
Space is limited. This one fills up quickly!
Workshop Fee: $45
Register by phone or in person.