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Gary Kraftsow

Yoga Therapy for Sleeplessness & Insomnia

with International Teacher & Author


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October 16-18, 2015

No Prior Yoga Experience Needed

Early Bird Pricing extended thru Monday, October 12 at midnight!

FRI $45 by Oct 12 / $55 AfterSAT & SUN each day $125 by Oct 12 / $145 After 

ALL Weekend $295 by Oct 12 / $345 After

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The biggest health issue facing Americans today is stress. The impact of stress on our bodies results in sleep loss and insomnia which can wreak havoc in our lives. 

Stress is also the most common reason stated when people are asked why they started yoga - in an effort to bring balance back to their lives. 

“It’s ok – missing a little sleep isn’t going to kill me.”  This is where we’re wrong.

The impact of sleep loss on our bodies is reflected in numerous areas – on both our effectiveness on a daily basis as well as the long term effects on our health and overall quality of life.  

Check out the excerpts from articles below & follow links to read more:

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‘While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, researchers say.’

NPR Article: Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep – October 17, 2013 by Jon Hamilton 


“Sleep loss and sleep disorders are among the most common yet frequently overlooked and readily treatable health problems. It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity.”

“The cumulative effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of deleterious health consequences including an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke."          

According to the National Institute of Health   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19961/

‘When we lose sleep, it seems we lose our ability to think on our feet — to take in new information and adjust our behavior, according to a study published in the June issue of the journal Sleep.

Researchers at Washington State University figured this out by rounding up 26 volunteers. Half went without any sleep for two days, while the other half slept normal hours. Over the course of a week, the scientists tested everyone's ability to complete decision-making tests.

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In one test, the volunteers had to click a button when they saw certain numbers and hold back when they saw others. Then the rule was switched.

The well-rested group did better on this task in general. But when the rule was reversed, none of the sleep-deprived volunteers were able to get the right answer — even after 40 tries.

"It wasn't just that sleep-deprived people were slower to recover," says Paul Whitney, a psychologist at the university who led the study. "Their ability to take in new information and adjust was completely devastated.’

NPR Article - Short on Sleep?  You could be a disaster waiting to happen   - May 12, 2015 by Maanvi Singh


“Slangry” is the new “hangry.” There may be another monster that’s causing your next-level irritability: Exhaustion. According to a new small study, a lack of sleep may alter your ability to process emotions and keep them in check.

Researchers....found that sleepless nights caused subjects to overreact to everyday challenges that they would’ve taken in stride if they had been more rested. The findings were published in the September 23 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.’ 

Huffington Post Article: Science Says Your Lack Of Sleep Is Making You A Miserable Person – September 24, 2015 by Lindsay Holmes


The Dallas Yoga Center hosts international teacher and author Gary Kraftsow on October 16-18, 2015 for a workshop about Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleeplessness. 

Gary Kraftsow is a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation and founder of the American Viniyoga Institute. 

In this weekend workshop Gary shares tools for managing insomnia—including asana, breathing techniques, relaxation, mental practices, and education.

The sessions will be lecture and practice both. No prior yoga experience required.

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Insomnia and sleeplessness are two of the most common and troubling symptoms of chronic physiologically-based conditions.

The stress and strain of daily life, changing emotional landscapes, diet, environmental toxicity and hereditary tendencies can all contribute to the development and exacerbation of many different conditions which produce similar symptoms. In addition, as we age, the length and quality of our sleep can also be significantly affected. 

Students will explore the theory, principle and practices of Yoga Therapy to address insomnia and sleeplessness. 

This weekend will include lecture and practice including methods to relieve musculoskeletal tension, relieve headaches, improve sleep, increase feelings of well-being, and improve coping strategies for dealing with stressful events.

Gary Kraftsow is a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation and founder of the American Viniyoga Institute.  In this weekend workshop Gary shares tools for managing insomnia—including asana, breathing techniques, relaxation, mental practices, and education. The sessions will be lecture and practice both. No prior yoga experience needed.

Viniyoga™ draws on ancient insights, applying the tools of asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation, relaxation, and personal ritual to help individuals achieve wellness, improve function, reduce suffering, regain self-confidence, and find happiness. 

Learn about this multi-dimensional approach to health care that empowers the individual to understand their own unique needs and promote effective healing for a wide range of conditions.

FRI $45 by Oct 12 / $55 After
SAT & SUN each day $125 by Oct 12 / $145 After

ALL Weekend $295 by Oct 12 / $345 After

Friday 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm

Registration link above only shows FRI night - please choose additional days (SAT and/or SUN) on our website if you are interested in just one day.

Links for each day will also give an option to purchase the Entire weekend.

FRI, SAT & SUN may be purchased separately. Material presented does build on prior sessions - but valuable information is shared in each session so don't miss out!

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Gary Kraftsow began his study of yoga in India with T. K. V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France.

Gary is the founder, director, and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute's Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Training Programs.

He is the author of the books Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation and has released several educational DVDs. (Available in the DYC Boutique)

Recently, he coauthored "Building Bridges for Yoga Therapy Research: The Aetna, Inc. Mind-Body Pilot Study on Chronic and High Stress" in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  Learn more at viniyoga.com.