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My Manduka helps me practice staying perfectly grounded, while unfolding into the full potential of the moment.

-Christina Valeska
Udenheim, Germany

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Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Oakland, CA

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Why Manduka?: I appreciate Manduka’s varied product line, offering heavier mats for home practice; and lighter, easier to pack mats for being on the road.

What does your Manduka help you #practice?: I admire Manduka’s commitment to eco-responsibility.

Yoga Style: Viniyoga

Practice with me here: American Viniyoga Institute

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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 graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University in 1976, and received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. At this time he opened Maui School of Yoga Therapy. Gary is a renowned speaker and teacher nationally and internationally. In 1999 he founded the American Viniyoga ™ Institute, LLC.

Gary has successfully developed protocol for two National Institutes 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, and the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation; and creator of four therapeutic DVDs produced by Pranamaya, Inc.: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips, Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders, and the newly released Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety and Viniyoga Therapy for Depression. For more information on these DVDs, please visit