Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders with Gary Kraftsow
Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders with Gary Kraftsow

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Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders features short, simple therapeutic yoga practices carefully designed to alleviate pain and promote health in the upper back, neck and shoulders. 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 Upper Back and Neck Therapy. Focused practice for Neck and Shoulder Therapy. Integrated practice for sustained upper back Strength and Stability. Bonus MP3s of all practices for audio-only classes at home or on the go.

  • Presentation on Understanding Back Pain and the application of yoga therapy
  • Technique Workshop on how to safely perform postures and movements
  • Focused practice for Upper Back and Neck Therapy (22 minutes)
  • Focused practice for Neck and Shoulder Therapy (32 minutes)
  • Integrated practice for sustained upper back Strength and Stability (40 minutes)

Customer Reviews:

  • The Master
    of the four dvds i tried this week, this was my favorite. i made some feldenkrais (tm) dvds for my neck, back, spine, shoulders and posture called Comfort Zone Feeling Younger Workout and I have tried to be very objective - this was the one that made me jealous! It really is an effective and easily understandable way to decrease pain and i think maintain remission in my fibromyalgia. this and mine together will be my routine for a while....more info
  • Extremely Gentle--Almost Too Much So
    Perhaps this DVD is geared towards those in lesser physical shape, but for me this DVD was too gentle. I did find my muscles weren't as tight after the neck and shoulder routine, but I craved a deeper stretch for the majority of the routine. I have several other more powerful yoga DVDs I use for fitness, so my take on it might be altered. This DVD may still be good for those new to yoga.

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  • Excellent and highly recommended
    This DVD, as well as the other DVD from Gary Kraftsow (that one for lower back, sacrum and hips), is extraordinary. Both of these DVDs are of outstanding quality in every respect, but most of all for the quality of the practices and their demonstrations. Mr. Kraftsow's instructions are clear and easy to follow and understand and the people demonstrating the movements are focused and easy to learn from as well. These viniyoga DVDs from Gary Kraftsow seem to be bringing great pain relief and greater well being to the family members who are practicing with them and we recommend them without any reservation. They are great....more info
  • The best yoga video
    This is one of the two best yoga videos of many I have seen.
    The other is by the same company. No palm trees, breaking waves, just
    very sold production of a yoga instructional DVD ....more info
  • great for relieving neck pain
    I thought the moves were very easy to do. I have been struggling with neck and shoulder pain and this has really helped. I liked the audio segment that you can import into your mp3 player. Well worth the money....more info
  • So Worthwhile!!
    I rarely write reviews, but had to for this video. I am an artist and have a hard time with stiff muscles from spending hours painting. I noticed an improvement in my back and shoulders after using this video one time. A must to help strengthen the back. Easy to do and in about 20 minutes. I get more relief from this video than with pain relievers.

    Just had to share!...more info
  • Excellent yoga video for increasing mobility in the upper back, neck, and shoulders
    This DVD focuses on issues of the upper body, specifically the upper back, neck, and shoulders (the other DVD in this series focuses on the lower body). It differs from other yoga DVDs in that it contains a strong educational component in addition to the practice element. Also, the practices 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. Upper Back and Neck Therapy (22 minutes). This is the most gentle of the three practices, and it is designed to address misalignment or instability by strengthening and mobilizing the upper back and neck. In consists mainly of movements which serve to lengthen the upper spine.
    2. Neck and Shoulder Therapy (32 minutes). This practice is more specifically geared to releasing pain or restricted movement in the neck and shoulders via stretching, aligning, and balancing work. Many of the postures here involve moving one arm as you twist your neck to the opposite side.
    3. Strength and Stability (41 minutes). This longer practice is intend to build sustained, long-term health in the upper back, neck, and shoulders. It is a bit more intense than the previous two, containing many of the same posture sequences but adding some stronger work as well.

    The practices feature a single student working on a mat against a rather sparse white set, with Gary providing instruction via voiceover. Most people are likely to find the practices rather dry--Gary's voice is a big monotone and repetitive, and there's little "fun factor" here. However, these are therapeutic in nature, and as such, they are quite effective. I found the twisting motions from the Neck and Shoulder Therapy practice in particular to be extremely beneficial for my nagging neck soreness and frequently tight upper back and shoulders. This DVD would be useful for virtually anyone who is at risk for upper back issues, from those who work at a desk daily to those with more chronic conditions. I definitely recommend Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck, and Shoulders as an excellent tool for alleviating pain and promoting health in the upper back, neck, and shoulders....more info
  • Good DVD
    Nice and slow, great for rehab and stretching. I suffered no adverse problems and I have neck, shoulder and upper back issues. This DVD really helps....more info
  • Yoga workouts
    I recently purchased the Viniyoga Therapy DVDs for upper and lower back by Gary Kraftsow because I have suffered with severe back and arthritis pain for years. I have read books by Gary and I know that he is very well respected in his field. I felt confident that these DVDs would be excellent because of that and they did not disappoint. The instruction and the information in the DVDs is excellent and easy to follow. After trying many other instructional DVDs, these by Gary Kraftsow are by far the best DVDs for back and shoulder pain that I have found. My back and shoulders felt better after the first time I used these. As both a student and teacher of yoga,I am truly impressed...more info
  • Okay but overpriced, better off getting a book at library
    I thought this was well put together, but it was overpriced and I would of rather gone to the library to get a Yoga book instead. I paid $28, and it was probably worth 12-15. Some of the poses are ridiculuous as you have to be Gumby to perform them....more info
  • Very Helpful
    I have neck and shoulder problems and this video has simple and intermediate stretches that work. I have some yoga/pilates experience and can appreciate how the author has modified exisiting approaches to help people with back, shoulder and neck problems. ...more info
  • Finally, something to help with the PAIN!!!
    This is an excellent DVD, a book could never match the step by step instructions. As you are doing the yoga exercises Gary describes the different areas you should be focusing on stretching and does an excellent job of it. It contains very slow and stress free moves. The DVD contains a segment on Understanding Back Pain, an instructional Technique workshop to learn the practices, there are 2 different Practices for the initial stages and a longer Strengthening & Stability practice to use when you are feel better and improve. You don't have to be Gumby to do these poses. There is no need to try and stretch further than your ability, your flexibility increases over time. I suffer from chronic upper back and neck pain from car accident many years ago. It is especially bad between my shoulder blades, traveling up through my neck. It is tissue damage, I have nothing wrong with any bones. I've tried it all Chiropractor, Acupuncture, and went to the gym for a while. I found that the best thing you can do for an injury with chronic pain is to continually stretch and slowly work on re-strengthening the muscles. I went online searching for a Yoga Video as a last resort. I get so much relief from many of these poses, I even have my favorites from the video that I do any time I feel like it. I live with pain every day of my life and can say that this video has helped me out a lot. It is an excellent way to unwind after a long day of sitting in front of a computer at work.
    I don't usually write reviews, but I had to on this one.. I definitely would recommend this DVD for someone who is looking for therapeutic viniyoga therapy. The specific poses/stretches target the upper back, shoulders, and neck. I think it is even good for everyday stress relief, which can cause tension in the shoulders and neck.

    I commend Gary Kraftsow for making this DVD. I am so glad I found it! I have even been considering becoming a Yoga instructor to help people with chronic pain like me.
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  • Husband Likes This A LOT
    I bought this as well as the "Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips" DVD for my husband who has painful stiffness in his back and shoulders. He like the way the poses/programs are shown in a non-distracting environment (he's not an incense and tapestries kind of guy) and is gaining more flexibility and relief with each viewing. He also really likes the feature that allows him to send the sessions to his phone and use them while traveling. Definitely worth every penny!...more info
  • Great low impact strengthening!
    Love this video! After sitting at a computer all day, it is great to come home and give my back some love!
    Totally recommend it for relieving the stress we all carry in our shoulders and back too! ...more info
  • wonderful, wonderful
    I bought this and the "Lower Back" DVD because I spend way too many hours at the computer, and I was having back pain and foot pain from a pinched nerve. The DVDs are great. I love the anatomy overview, and the way you can progress at your own pace. I lent my copy of this upper back video to my chiropractor, and he thought it was fantastic and said he plans to buy both lower and upper back to show his other patients....more info
  • Use caution before buying this DVD.
    I would recommend a slower-paced, more gentle DVD if you are new to yoga, are older, are not as limber, and/or have painful joints (like knee pain with kneeling.) While the instruction and explanation is good, the actual work-out is fairly quickly paced. If you hurry and do the positions without doing them properly for your body, you will end up possibly injuring yourself. Although I am older I have exercised most of my life, yet both of the Kraftstow DVD's were difficult for me. I was disappointed to pay almost $50 for both of them, which I can only return for a partial refund. If you do buy them, I would say get a used one for less to see if you like it first....more info
  • Effective Neck/Shoulder Therapy On DVD -- Highly Recommended
    Because I sit at a computer all day, I struggle with neck and shoulder issues. Now that I've picked up my weight training routine again, those issues are only being amplified. Happily, I have this DVD in my therapy stockpile. It's the only DVD I've tried which addresses neck and shoulder issues exclusively.

    I like the fact that this DVD offers slow-moving yoga postures rather than sun salutations ad nauseum. While this is definitely a yoga dvd, the routines are more along the line of gentle stretching than a fast-moving "flow" practice. However, don't equate "gentle" with "ineffective." Hardly!!! This is the * most * effective neck and shoulder DVD I've done so far. I tried another, far more strenuous neck and shoulder yoga "workout" DVD which did not address the neck and shoulder area nearly as well as this gentle Viniyoga Therapy DVD. This DVD relaxes, loosens and strengthens the neck and shoulder area like no other yoga/stretch DVD I own. The fact that there are three 20 to 38-minute routines to choose from, that it is very effective, and that it has absolutely no "dread" factor for me, gives me the feeling that this DVD is going to be one of my most-used, "valuable player" workout DVDs of the year.... This DVD is appropriate for all levels: beginners, intermediates, advanced. However, understand that this is strictly a "therapeutic" yoga DVD addressing neck and shoulder issues. If you are looking for a traditional yoga workout with downward facing dog, etc., you are going to be disappointed.

    Voiceover instruction with someone demonstrating the postures, so there's nothing sexy here, but the production values were very good. The best thing I've found so far for my neck and shoulder issues outside of Jeff Primack's qigong DVD.

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  • works!!
    The moves are all explained carefully so you can do them correctly. Then it has a flow of all the moves that you can follow once you can do the moves. I love this DVD! It has really helped my neck and shoulder pain. I definately recommend it!...more info
  • Effective - Calmed my back pain after one session
    This is an effective program for eradicating back pain. After one twenty minute session I was able to sleep through the night without being awakened by the back pain that has plagued me for months.

    While this DVD does not have the fantastic music and interesting back drops as some of my favorite yoga DVDs it, along with Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips, has exactly what I need: a comprehensive back pain relieving program. And, really, that matters more than anything else!

    I was pleased to see easily accessible technique instructions for each pose. I didn't find it necessary for most poses, but was very thankful to have it for the few poses I felt I wasn't doing 100% correctly. At the end of the technique instructions I was taken back to where I'd left off in the program. It would be fantastic if more yoga DVDs had this feature!

    The DVD comes with an MP3 for each of the three practices on the DVD with the verbal instructions for each pose, making it simple to do the yoga practices when you're away from a DVD player....more info


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