It's generally agreed that the practice of hatha-yoga can improve flexibility and overall health, but the students of instructor Gary Kraftsow often have a more immediate goal: relief from pain.
Gary has earned a reputation on the Hawaiian island of Maui as a person to turn to when doctors can't help. Kraftsow believes that "people should be educated to know they are largely responsible for their own conditions." Although he is in no way opposed to doctors, the 28-year-old teacher thinks that folks should be aware that there are "alternatives to being dependent on medical doctors and chiropractors for treatment of chronic problems."
Kraftsow, a graduate of New York's Colgate University, has studied in India under renowned yogi T.K.V. Desikachar. He has recently completed his master's degree with a thesis on yoga and health.