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Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders

with Gary Kraftsow

This DVD features short, simple therapeutic yoga practices carefully designed to alleviate pain and promote health in the upper back, neck and shoulders. Benefit from the expert guidance of Gary Kraftsow, one of the world's leading yoga therapists, by making the powerful therapeutic practices on this DVD a part of your daily regimen for health and well-being!

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


Gentle • Accessible • Effective

Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders is based on Gary's book, Yoga for Wellness, and the protocol he developed for an National Institutes of Health research study that demonstrated the effectiveness of yoga therapy for treatment of back pain.*

The DVD includes a presentation on back pain, in-depth instruction on safely practicing the postures, and three complete therapeutic practices. Designed for everyone—even if you've never practiced yoga before!

Highlights from this DVD include:

  • • Presentation on Understanding Back Pain and the application of yoga therapy
  • • Technique Workshop on how to safely perform postures and movements
  • • Focused practice for Upper Back and Neck Therapy (22 minutes)
  • • Focused practice for Neck and Shoulder Therapy (32 minutes)
  • • Integrated practice for sustained upper back Strength and Stability (40 minutes)

Special features:

  • • English Subtitle option for all material
  • • Bonus MP3s of all practices for audio-only classes at home or on the go

*Annals of Internal Medicine, Dec. 2005

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:

Media Reviews

"Viniyoga master Gary Kraftsow developed protocols for a recent National Institutes of Health-sponsored study of treatment for back pain. This excellent two-DVD series is based on this work and on his 30 years of experience as a yoga therapist. Each video includes short but valuable explanations of the types and causes of back pain, as well as the goals of yoga therapy and a techniques workshop.

"One DVD focuses on the upper back, neck, and shoulders; the other, on the low back, sacrum, and hips. The detailed instruction, gentle repetitive movements, and focus on moving with awareness and the breath make these ideal practices for a wide range of people, including those who may not have pain but can benefit from strengthening and stabilizing their backs.”

-- Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine

"Gary Kraftsow... elevates the genre of yoga DVDs to a whole new level... Whether you endure back pain or not, these are some of the best yoga DVDs on the market."

-- FitYoga Magazine

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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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