by OneDanceTribe

Yoga meets St.Francis - video blog with Mirka Kraftsow

Today I want to introduce you to a woman whom I have been close to for the past 20 years and had a great influence in my life as a teacher, mentor, friend and fellow traveler on this fascinating journey of life.

If you are, or have ever been a yogi, you may recognise her name. And if you are not, let her enter your awareness. It is with great pleasure that I bring you Mirka Scalco Kraftsow. And I can assure that the pleasure will be all yours if you plan to join us in Kisslegg for our next OneDanceTribe Europe, where every morning Mirka will take you through an experience that will awaken your body as well as your heart, opening you to receive the many gifts being offered throughout the event by a truly stellar faculty.

Mirka’s journey as a teacher started some 40 years ago when – with her former husband Gary- she brought to the West the ancient tradition of Viniyoga, a transformational practice and a science that teaches how to align and integrate all the different parts of our being into one vibrant energy field.

She is not just the only female teacher carrying the teachings of a lineage that goes back thousands of years. Mirka is also the one who blended the yogic tradition with the love and devotion of Saint Francis of Assisi, creating a unique blend that lives outside of any concept you may have of what a yoga class can be. You will be touched by her loving presence as well as a deep knowledge of the body and how it connects to the heart.

Enjoy this short video and, if you decide to join us in Kisslegg next June, make your plans soon as the event is filling quickly.

May the miracle of love touch your heart today.


We are happy and honored that Mirka will enrich OneDanceTribe Europe 2019 event with her presence and teachings.



Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, was born and raised in Italy, and has been a health practitioner and educator since 1974. She traveled and studied different modalities of dance, movement, psychology, and meditation in India, Europe, and the United States. Mirka has been teaching in the Viniyoga methodology in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar since 1985 after receiving certification from her teacher Gary Kraftsow, and she has been practicing yoga therapy since 1988. She has helped hundreds of individuals develop and maintain a personal practice and manage challenging personal and therapeutic conditions.
Mirka co-founded the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI), LLC with Gary Kraftsow in 1999.  Her vision to train and support Yoga teachers has been fundamental to the growth and development of AVI.  She has a unique ability to develop quality Yoga teachers and support them in their personal and professional growth.  Mirka has worked closely with faculty assistants and students to support their understanding, integration, and application of the teachings in their personal and professional lives.
Mirka is gifted with both the capacity and the passion to creatively communicate and work in private consultation, both in person and on the telephone, and her work has enriched the experience of students of many yoga modalities all around the world. In group classes, she uses her extensive background to integrate body awareness and imagery with the Viniyoga principles. Mirka’s own experience and intuition strongly influence her teachings, as do tradition, creativity, innovation, and evolution.


About OneDanceTribe
OneDanceTribe is an international community of people practicing conscious movement as a pathway for personal and global transformation. It is a portal to a unified field where teachers and dancers of different modalities and walks of life come together to celebrate the power of Moving as One.
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Yoga meets St.Francis – video blog with Mirka Kraftsow