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Viniyoga Therapy for Depression

with Gary Kraftsow

The practices on this DVD are carefully designed to alleviate conditions of depression in the physiological, cognitive, emotional and behavioral domains. By addressing all of these areas in an integrated way, we can create deep and lasting healing and self-transformation. Benefit from the expert guidance of Gary Kraftsow, one of the world's leading yoga therapists!

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  • 2 1/2 hours
  • 1 DVD
  • NTSC
  • All Regions


Gentle • Accessible • Effective

Viniyoga Therapy for Depression is based on Gary's book Yoga for Wellness and nearly 40 years of experience with one-on-one client care. Gary’s approach on this DVD combines specific yogic methods in an integrated way to address depression in each of the physiological, cognitive, emotional and behavioral domains, providing the possibility of lasting healing and self-transformation for the sincere practitioner.

Designed for everyone—even if you've never practiced yoga before!

Highlights from this DVD include:

  • • Lectures on yoga therapy for the treatment of depression (60 minutes)
  • • Therapeutic Practice #1: Physiological Rebalancing for Depression (51 minutes)
  • • Therapeutic Practice #2: Shifting Mood and Self-Concept (38 minutes)

Special features:

  • • English subtitle option for all material
  • • Bonus MP3s of all practices for portable practice

The Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression DVDs can effectively be used together as a toolkit of appropriate methods depending upon your changing needs. Save 20% when you buy the complete series.

The Viniyoga Therapy DVD Collection

This series is a growing library of therapeutic DVDs designed by Gary Kraftsow to alleviate and heal some of the most widespread structural, physiological and psycho-emotional ailments. Current titles in this series also include:

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I always like to give "homework" as an adjunct to therapy, and Gary's DVDs on anxiety and depression complement my holistic work perfectly. Review by Nicole Urdang, M.S., NCC, DHM
An interesting, informative, and useful DVD including lectures, questions and answers from the audience, and actual yoga practices. Gary focuses on helping you strengthen self-restraint, impulse control, selective renunciation, rituals of self-care, and selfless service as ways of overcoming depression and re-engaging in life. I know how difficult some of this may sound, but, as counterintuitive as it may seem, caring for others when we are feeling deeply wounded and depressed is exactly what helps break us out of that downward cycle. As always, I like Gary’s use of adapting breath work to yogic postures, using breath with meditation, chanting, and his inspiring light imagery. You do not need any background in yoga to enjoy and profit from this DVD, or his other one on overcoming anxiety. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
(Posted on 1/31/12)
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"The simplicity of Kraftsow's approach enhances the powerful effect of the practices, relieving the discomfort of anxiety and depression for beginners and advanced students alike. And this simplicity actually makes it easier for someone suffering from anxiety or depression to step onto the mat. For those looking for an authentic yoga therapy experience and relief from anxiety and depression, these DVDs can be a wonderful support for healing."

-- Yoga Journal, February 2012

"This video program is an excellent resource for those who suffer from mild to moderate depression. The DVD is full of great content...The lectures are very well done, and they explain the neurological and psychological origins of depression and how yoga therapy (including breathing, chanting and mediation) can be used to treat this disease... Both practices contain similar flowing poses, combine movement with the rhythm of the breath, and are suitable for beginning yoga students. The second practice also combines simple Sanskrit chanting with movement and breath. The production and filming is well-done and very professional."

-- Tim Burgin,

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About Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow, MA has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for 30 years. He 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 in the mid 80’s.

Gary graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University in 1976, and received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. He spent many years in private yoga therapy practice, teaching workshops and training teachers. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally. In 1999 he founded American Viniyoga Institute.

Gary has successfully developed protocol for two National Institute of Health studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety.”

He is the Founder, Director and Senior Teacher of American Viniyoga™ Institute's Teacher and Therapist Trainings, and the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation.

You may also enjoy our special Sacred Cow interview with Gary: Gary Kraftsow On Yoga Therapy and Your Mood.

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