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Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching & Yoga Therapy

Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Founder & Director of the American Viniyoga Institute.

Gary is directly involved in the training on a daily basis and is the main lecturer. Gary has been actively involved as a practitioner of Viniyoga for over 30 years. Students at the training benefit from his presence and many years of experience as a teacher, Yoga Therapist, trainer of teachers and Yoga Therapists in the Viniyoga methodology and author of Yoga for Wellness, Yoga for Transformation, Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips DVD, Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders DVD, and Chanting Live with Gary Kraftsow CD.
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Nancy Chapdelaine, MS, E-RYT 500, CYT,
Viniyoga Foundations Program Training Coordinator.

Nancy is the Curriculum Coordinator and Senior Faculty for AVI's VFP Training and the Program Coordinator for AVI’s Heart-Mind Retreats. Nancy began her yoga journey with AVI in 2005, becoming certified by AVI as a Yoga Teacher in 2007 and as a Yoga Therapist in 2009. She is a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teacher and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She holds BS (Computer Science) and MS (Electrical Engineering) degrees from the University of Washington and Carnegie-Mellon University, respectively. Nancy lives in the western suburbs of Chicago where she works as a manager for a global telecommunications company and teaches yoga classes and workshops. She could not manage her busy life without Viniyoga.

Kathy Jamison, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Viniyoga Foundations Program Training Coordinator.

Kathy first joined AVI's Viniyoga Teacher Training faculty in 2008. She is currently the Training Coordinator and Senior Faculty for the AVI's VFP Training at Mount Madonna Center. She completed AVI’s advanced Viniyoga Teacher Training (2002) and Therapist Training (2005) programs. Since 2010, Kathy has been a teacher in the Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program at Aetna corporate headquarters in Hartford, CT. She maintains a Yoga Therapy practice at Westport Therapeutic, a group offering Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Psychotherapy, and Massage Therapy as well as Yoga Therapy, and also offers group classes near her home in Westport CT. In addition, Kathy is a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Educator and licensed massage therapist, and tutors bodywork students in anatomy and physiology.

Individual Assistance.
Individual assistance to students is provided through small group leaders who are experienced AVI-trained Viniyoga teachers and Yoga Therapists carefully selected by Gary because of their skill and expertise.
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