For over 30 years, Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974.
Gary graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1976, and received his Masters in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. He began practicing at the Maui School of Yoga Therapy in 1983, and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France in 1988. Gary founded the American Viniyoga Institute in 1999. He is a renowned speaker and respected teacher of the Viniyoga methodology for conferences and schools nationally and internationally.
Gary is the author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation and produced two DVDs: Yoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum, and Hips and Yoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders. He is frequently consulted as one of the foremost Yoga Therapists in the U.S. for research and collaborative projects, notably an NIH study on yoga for back pain and a Harvard Medical School study for generalized anxiety. Gary composed protocol for the National Institutes of Health Studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety.”