Like many viniyoga teachers, I’m not a huge fan of yoga videos, as the video format doesn’t allow for the customization and adaptation to the individual that is such a hallmark of this rich lineage. Still, as much as I’d like everyone to experience yoga first hand at Whole Life Yoga or work with me privately, I know that for many students, videos provide a much more convenient and accessible connection to a consistent yoga practice. Who knows…maybe someday I’ll even create a video of my own! 😉
Until then, two new viniyoga videos have recently been released by my teacher, Gary Kraftsow, on topics that are personally important to me: Yoga for Anxiety and Yoga for Depression. I’ve suffered from both conditions off and on throughout my life, and yoga has been an incredible powerful tool in helping me manage my symptoms. I may have come to yoga to overcome back pain, but by far the first and most important thing to heal was my heart.
Gary’s new products introduce the viniyoga therapy approach to anxiety and depression. They are a bit different than typical videos, in that he provides cognitive learning in addition to yoga practice. Each video contains approximately an hour of lecture on yoga therapy and its applications for anxiety and depression, along with two practices: one that is a bit over thirty minutes and one that is closer to an hour. Even more unusual, the practices aren’t just asana, or movement. They contain multiple facets of the rich and dynamic viniyoga lineage: Asana (movement), Pranayama (breath work), Meditation, and Chanting.
I sell both of these at the studio, along with a few other viniyoga videos. But they can also be purchased at amazon.com and via other on line sellers. Of course, I’d much rather see your bright shining faces at the studio, but these videos may provide a nice addition to your collection and to your practice. Let me know what you think!
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