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The American Viniyoga Institute offers a variety of programs and products for self-care, health and healing and personal transformation including:

Professional Training Programs

The American Viniyoga™ Institute (AVI) is a leader in training yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists in Viniyoga. We honor the integrity of ancient teachings while making them relevant and practical today.

We currently offer the following professional training programs:

  • AVI Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy
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  • AVI Viniyoga™ Therapist Training
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Events, Workshops, Retreats

AVI offers high quality educational experiences on a variety of topics including personal practice and transformation, yoga teaching, and Viniyoga Therapy. Our events are offered in a variety of settings including collaborating yoga studios, yoga centers, academic and retreat settings and include:
  • personal retreats
  • corporate wellness programs
  • workshops
  • group retreats
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We offer a variety of Viniyoga products for home practice, study of yoga and yoga teaching and Yoga Therapy that include audio CDs, DVDs, books and audio downloads. Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute has written two books, Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation and produced four Viniyoga Therapy DVDs.

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Research Consultation

Gary Kraftsow and selected faculty provide yoga intervention development, training and consultation for research studies and commercial development. The American Viniyoga Institute has a nationwide network of Viniyoga teachers and Yoga Therapists, many of whom are interested in working in research and other settings. Gary Kraftsow and faculty Clare Collins, PhD, RN, FAAN, CYT, E-RYT 500, Beth Whitney-Teeple, PhD, RYT-500 and several AVI graduates are actively involved in supporting yoga research.

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Yoga Therapy Private Consultation

Yoga Therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health, refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition. The general long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include:

  • reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
  • managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced
  • rooting out causes wherever possible
  • improving life function, and
  • shifting attitude and perspective in relationship to life's challenges.
Our approach to Yoga Therapy is to treat the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it. A Yoga Therapy visit includes an assessment, yoga therapy instruction and recommendations and a plan for follow-up. Written or other practice tools may be provided to help the practitioner with home practice.

Yoga Therapy Private Consultation with Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500
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Yoga Therapy Private Consultation with Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, E-RYT 500
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