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Willow Street Yoga Center Presents! Gary Kraftsow: Meditation Unlocked

Meditation Unlocked: Understanding and Practice

The Ancient Yogis recognized that the root of our dysfunctional patterns is the conditioned mind. They developed the science of meditation to understand, transform, and ultimately master the mind. Mastering the mind, according to the Ancients, is the path to fulfillment and ultimate liberation.


This course will include three 3-hour sessions with a presentation, time for discussion and Q&A, and a full practice. Previous meditation experience is not required. We will follow Patañjali’s model for inner practice (Antaraga Sādhana), presenting meditation in its component parts, each building on the previous, and we will offer examples from different traditions for each of these stages:

  • Dhāraā – focus, one-pointed attention

  • Dhyānam – inquire, reflect, understand, realize

  • Samādhi – connection, absorption, communion

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation for over 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 1988.


Gary has successfully developed a protocol for two National Institutes of Health studies: "Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain" and "Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety", as well for the "Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace" clinical trial for Aetna Insurance Company.


He is the Director and Senior Teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute™ (AVI), the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, and the author of two educational DVDs: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders. He has also produced several online workshops: Pranayama Unlocked, Meditation Unlocked, and Yoga Therapy for Depression.


Join Gary Tuesdays July 11, 18, 25, 6 - 9 pm | online



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