Sherri Baptiste invites you to attend:
Optimal Health with Gary Kraftsow

Larkspur Landing
April 25-27, 2008

Friday: 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00-1:30pm & 3:00-5:30pm
Sunday: 11:00-1:30pm & 3:00-5:30pm

All 5 sessions: $295 ($350 after April 1)
$75 non-refundable deposit required for registration

Participation in all 5 sessions strongly encouraged though single sessions are available:
$65 per session ($75 after April 1)


The insights of the Ancients from Vedic India have both deep and practical relevance for modern living. In this event, we will draw on select Upanisadic teachings that provide a means to help us understand ourselves, and specific Yogic practices that provide a method to help us achieve our highest potential.

Translating these ancient teaching, Gary will lead us through an step-by-step examination of what Optimal Health means at each dimension of the human system, what are the Yogic practices that the ancients conceived to help us achieve that goal, and how they can be adapted for our individual practice.

Practices that will be experienced include:

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Chanting
  • Meditation
  • Prayer & Ritual

Introduction to Optimal Health, the Viniyoga Perspective

Structural & Physiological Goals

Gary Kraftsow 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. He is a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally. In 1999 he founded American Viniyoga Institute, LLC. 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 Director and Senior Teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute; author of two books: YOGA FOR WELLNESS and YOGA FOR TRANSFORMATION; and author of two educational DVDs: YOGA THERAPY FOR LOW BACK, SACRUM AND HIPS and YOGA THERAPY FOR UPPER BACK, NECK AND SHOULDERS.

In these sessions you will develop structural goals including: skeletal alignment, joint stability, muscular resilience and functional neuromuscular movement patterns. You will also begin to examine optimal metabolic functioning, which is the most important of our physiological systems.

Mental, Psychological & "Spiritual" Goals
In this final day you will sharpen your mental goals including: attention, focus, listening, memory. Explore psychological goals including: emotional stability, self-confidence, self-esteem, tolerance, compassion, and discrimination. And come to a better understanding of yourself through "spiritual" goals including: finding joy, finding purpose, and facing death.

Location: Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939
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