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Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum & Hips with Gary Kraftsow (2009)

Gary Kraftsow , Ian Albert and Mark Holmes  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Kraftsow
  • Directors: Ian Albert and Mark Holmes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U0C9UE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips features short, simple therapeutic yoga practices carefully designed to alleviate pain and promote health in the low back, sacrum and hips. For the first time ever on DVD, benefit from the expert guidance of Gary Kraftsow, one of the world's leading yoga therapists. Founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, Gary is the designer of the only yoga practices demonstrated to be effective for back pain in a National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical study. If you are one of the 8 out of 10 Americans who have or will experience back pain, make the powerful therapeutic practices on this DVD a part of your everyday regimen for health and well-being!

Highlights from this DVD include:
- Presentation on Understanding Back Pain and the application of yoga therapy.
- Technique Workshop on how to safely perform postures and movements.
- Focused practice for Low Back and Sacrum Therapy.
- Focused practice for Hip Therapy.
- Integrated practice for sustained low back Strength and Stability.
- Bonus MP3s of all practices for audio-only classes at home or on the go.

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Gary Kraftsow, founder, director and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute, elevates the genre of yoga DVDs to a whole new level...Whether you endure back pain or not, these are some of the best yoga DVDs on the market. --Fit Yoga

Viniyoga master Gary Kraftsow developed protocols for a recent National Institutes of Health-sponsored study of treatment for back pain. This excellent two-DVD series is based on this work and on his 30 years of experience as a yoga therapist. The detailed instruction, gentle repetitive movements, and focus on moving with awareness and the breath make these ideal practices for a wide range of people, including those who may not have pain but can benefit from strengthening and stabilizing their backs. --Yoga + Joyful Living

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311 of 325 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very understandable, very helpful September 13, 2007
By Merope
Format:DVD
First, this is a high quality production. I mention that only because many yoga dvds are such low quality. Gary Kraftsow is a real pro -- the visual and voiced instructions by him are excellent. The theraputic advice is clear and to the point. He says in the intro that the only way to focus on each of these poses is to know what their purpose is, so the first section of the DVD is educational and informative, the second is a pose by pose description, and the third is three separate practices, about 30 minutes apiece.

Kraftsow also favors function over form -- a welcome relief from America's silly yoga Culture of Perfection. You do the poses to strengthen and heal your back, not to compete in some "pose off", a la Bikram Yoga.

Pose instruction is easy, and the poses are very basic, even for someone in the throes of back pain or who has never done any yoga before. The sessions are flow yoga style and there are three different workouts, focusing on different issues.

All in all, highly recommended. Namaste.
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212 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Yoga May 21, 2010
By Shreya
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
With great videos like Viniyoga Therapy with Gary Kraftsow DVD 2-Pack [[ASIN:B000U0C9UE Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum & Hips with Gary Kraftsow, you don't have to be enrolled in a study, or drag yourself to a class to get all the pain-relieving benefits of yoga. Just pop the DVD in, and you'll find the video divided up into some of these sections, such as...

-Presentation on Understanding Back Pain and the application of yoga therapy.
-Technique Workshop on how to safely perform postures and movements.
-Focused practice for Low Back and Sacrum Therapy.
-Focused practice for Hip Therapy.
-Integrated practice for sustained low back Strength and Stability.

Its set up pretty well. In a nutshell, they cover some facts about back pain, and then introduce you to the theory of yoga and some of the postures. Then, you can pick which area you want to focus on (like the low back), and you'll be slowly guided through a series of poses that will help get you stretched out and strengthened up. If you're worried about getting injured or hurt, don't be. All the poses are pretty gentle, and the stretches can be as mild as you want them to be. And the music and verbal instructions are quite soothing. So if you think you'd like to try yoga to take a bite out of your back pain, this would be a good choice. If not, suggest Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis for some good multifidus strengthening exercises you can also do at home.
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159 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and helpful April 1, 2008
By Patty
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is not a flashy pretty video, but a low budget production. Don't let that put you off. No waterfalls or new age music here. Host Gary Kraftsow sold me when he mentioned he conducted a study for the NIH linking back pain relief with this specialized yoga that was later mentioned in the Annals of Internal Medicine. That gives his method some credibility. I'm just starting these postures and they seem to work. I am getting some relief.
This DVD is in several manageable parts. Part one covers causes of back pain and some physiology and is surprisingly interesting. Next there is a detailed section of all the poses. If you practice yoga already you may not need this stuff. The real meat of the DVD is the 3rd section with 2 separate short workouts and a third part that is longer with strengthening poses. He recommends starting with the 2 short practices before moving to the strenghtening postures. Good advice because I tried the strengthening poses ahead of schedule and it was a little painful. I started over a few days later with the easier 'aligning' practice and I'm back in business. I am feeling better after just a few days. These poses are deceptively easy. They gently get the muscles back where they need to be. It makes sense. I would recommend this DVD to fellow back pain sufferers.
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134 of 148 people found the following review helpful
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This DVD focuses on issues of the lower body, specifically the lower back, hips, and sacrum (the other DVD in this series focuses on the upper body). It differs from other yoga media offerings in that it contains a strong educational component in addition to the practice element. Also, the practices offered on the DVD are designed for rehabilitation and strengthening, and thus they are more similar in feel to a physical therapy session than to a yoga class.

The main menu of this DVD consists of four separate segments: 1) Understanding Back Pain, 2) Technique Workshop, 3) Therapeutic Practices, and 4) Special Features. The Technique Workshop provides the opportunity to study individual postures in greater depth. The Viniyoga Therapeutic Practices offer three complete practice segments tailored to meet different needs as described below. (Note: the DVD also provides bonus MP3 audio versions of each practice.)

1. Lower Back Therapy (23 minutes). Gary recommends that you begin here, as this is the most gentle practice. The postures are performed entirely on the floor and provide very mild stretching of the lower back area.
2. Hip Therapy (31 minutes). This practice, while still gentle and centered on floor postures, focuses more on the hips. Unlike more traditional hip-opening sequences found in other yoga practices, the goal here is to stretch the hips from four perspectives (front, back, and each side).
3. Strength and Stability (32 minutes). This practice is the only one on the DVD to contain standing postures, and thus the intensity level is slightly higher than the other two. Gary notes that it is designed to build long-term health and fitness in the low back, sacrum, and hips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back Saver
If you have lower back pain you need to get this program. It saved my lower back.
Published 14 days ago by Nicholas Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Good. The second therapy session may be too much if you are ailing.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy for the Body
don't just launch in and try the 'exercises'. Get an eval and individualized program. The dvd is superb in explaining Viniyoga and how it works. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Daniel M. Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video and instruction
Great video and instruction. I have sciatic pain from piriformis muscle strain. Helps relieve spasms and pain by strengthening my lower back.
Published 1 month ago by allan j. duckworth
5.0 out of 5 stars This dvd is helping with my recent hip problem where ...
This dvd is helping with my recent hip problem where I fell over during a yoga class while doing a low lung with an internal rotation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best dvds I've used to for my lower back pain ...
This is one of the best dvds I've used to for my lower back pain and tension. Gary is very informative, calming and even has a slow tutorial to show you each move separately... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars It took six months, but it worked!
I hadn't had a good night's sleep in months. Every time I moved I'd wake up in pain. My back hurt all day, too. I'd tried everything. With nothing to lose, I tried this video. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My back is now so happy!
This video is phenomenal! It has worked wonders for my lower back and hips. The instructor has a very calming voice and there is no music in the background to distract, so he's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane Salas
5.0 out of 5 stars This therapy is not easy but so worth it
I began with the hip therapy because I had a feeling the slipped and herniated discs came from my uneven hips. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is exactly what I was looking for! I ...
This is exactly what I was looking for! I can do this at the end of the day to release the tension in my back so I can move the next day and sleep through the night. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Clouse
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