Thursday, February 6, 2014

Viniyoga Videos for Anxiety and Depression

Like many Viniyoga teachers, I’m not a huge fan of yoga videos, as the video format doesn’t allow for the customization and adaptation to the individual that is such a hallmark of this rich lineage.  Still, as much as I’d like everyone to experience yoga first hand at a yoga studio, I know that for many students, videos provide a much more convenient and accessible connection to a consistent yoga practice.  Who knows…maybe someday I’ll even create a video of my own!  ;-)

Until then, two  Viniyoga videos have been created by my teacher, Gary Kraftsow, on topics that are personally important to me:  Yoga for Anxiety and Yoga for Depression. I’ve suffered from both conditions off and on throughout my life, and yoga has been an incredibly powerful tool in helping me manage my symptoms. I may have come to yoga to overcome back pain, but by far the first and most important thing to heal was my heart.

Gary’s videos introduce the Viniyoga therapy approach to anxiety and depression.  They are a bit different than typical videos, in that he provides cognitive learning in addition to yoga practice.  Each video contains approximately an hour of lecture on yoga therapy and its applications for anxiety and depression, along with two practices: one that is thirty minutes long and one that is closer to an hour.  Even more unusual, the practices aren’t just asana, or movement.  They contain multiple facets of the rich and dynamic Viniyoga lineage:  asana (movement), pranayama (breath work), meditation, and chanting.

These videos can  be purchased at and via other online sellers. Let me know what you think!


Tracy Weber

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Linda O. Johnston said...

I see a lot of ads for adding medications to existing medications if they're not lessening depression, Tracy. I like your approach much better!

Tracy Weber said...

Linda, yoga has proven to be very good for these conditions. Even students who take medication can benefit!

Betty Hechtman said...

I've heard the drugs don't help anymore than placebos. I'm all for using non drug aids.

Tracy Weber said...

Yoga and medication aren't mutually exclusive. I do believe medication helps in some cases, particularly bipolar disorder. But yoga can be an incredibly useful adjunct to other forms of treatment.