Yoga Medicine® Innovation Conference Program Details

Monday, September 14th

9-11am
Inclusivity Panel: Yoga as a Path for Social Justice: Understanding Perspectives and Initiating Tools for Action
The time is now for us as a yoga teachers, students, and community members to examine the influence yoga has to transform our spaces into a pathway towards social justice. Join our panel to expand your understanding of the Black Yoga experience, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and the unconscious bias that impacts equity, access, diversity, and opportunity within our industry. Participants will walk away with a richer sense of the diverse communities we serve and the power yoga has to impact lasting change.
9-9:30am
Confessions of a Black Yoga Teacher: An Examination, Discussion and Education on the Black Yoga Experience
By Nicole Calhoun, PhD

Nicole is a firm believer that change heavily relies on black yogis and black yoga teachers sharing their stories of discrimination, bias, and racism within the world of yoga. This talk is an exploration of her personal experience as a black yoga teacher in the southern United States as well as how we as an industry can navigate the complicated waters of race in yoga and initiate substantial change.
Dr. Nicole Calhoun is a Molecular Geneticist and owner of ELXR Yoga Lounge (EYL) in Fayetteville, Arkansas. EYL is the first black-owned yoga studio in the state of Arkansas with the distinct mission of diversity, inclusion, and representation in yoga. She is a top ambassador for lululemon, and Garmin, and specializes in Power Vinyasa Flow as well as yoga for professional and collegiate athletes.
 
9:30-10am
Unlearning the Binary Paradigm of Yoga: Creating Spaces for LGBTQ+
By Kirsten Beverley-Waters

Creating inclusive spaces for queer and transgender people—in yoga and in life — requires more than just talk; it takes mindful practice. While there are many spaces creating training around inclusive language and gender-neutral changing areas, there are still gaps in cultivating a safe space for our Queer and Trans community.
Memberships that exclude same-sex families, prenatal classes with language excluding transgender men as carriers of the child, dysmorphia based on gender stereotypes, and mental health issues around personal identity are just a few blind spots for many yoga and wellness spaces. Unlearning The Binary Paradigm of Yoga gives teachers a personal insight into what it means to be LGBTQ+ within the yoga community and why allies are vital for change.
Kirsten Beverley-Waters is an author, yoga teacher, and fitness coach that specializes in human movement patterns with a neuromusculoskeletal focus. With 15+ years of practice and devotion to the evolution of human movement and mental performance, each practice becomes an unhurried exploration of the physical, mental, and spiritual connection.
 
10-10:30am
Fluency in Discomfort: Creating Critical Change in the Yoga Industry
By Charlotte Johnson

So often, change is forged in discomfort. As yoga and mindfulness practitioners, we have dealt with some level of mental, physical and spiritual discomfort. This presentation will examine how we are able to use this ‘fluency’ in discomfort to lead the charge in making critical change in the industry.
Charlotte is a yoga and mindfulness teacher in Johannesburg, South Arica. She is the co-creator of Black Swan Society—an African wellness agency that recognizes, creates, advances and champions revolutionary wellness practices and wellbeing in Africa for its people. This includes the creation of the Yogafrica Community College which is a dynamic and multi-dimensional yoga teacher training program that trains yoga teachers and wellness practitioners from underserved communities to broaden the base, access and opportunity within the wellness industry in South Africa and beyond.
 
10:30-11am
Q&A and Discussion Panel
With Nicole Calhoun, PhD, Kirsten Beverley-Waters, & Charlotte Johnson

3-4pm
Beyond Bouncing Back: Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) and Transformation as a Result of Crisis
By Diane Malaspina, M.S.Ed., PhD
The experience of major life stress is associated with a variety of negative psychological and physical troubles which can lead to difficulty adjusting and coping, and possibly develop into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In literature and philosophy, the ability to find meaning in spite of adversity has been a prominent theme throughout human history as reflected in works like the Bhagavad Gita and by authors such as Campbell, Bronte, and Nietzche. Empirically, a growing body of research reveals that many trauma survivors also experience positive psychological changes leading to a sense of personal growth. PTG goes beyond resiliency and the capacity to bounce back or thrive in the face of challenge – it encompasses changes that lead to a higher level of functioning. In this workshop, we will explore conceptual foundations, empirical evidence, and supporting mindfulness and spiritual practices that can be incorporated into the yoga setting in facilitating experiences of growth through encounters with life crises.
Diane is a psychologist and yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field. She is a Yoga Medicine® E-RYT 500 instructor and Therapeutic Specialist. Diane teaches meditation workshops, leads retreats, and offers 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs in her community. As an Applied Psychologist, Diane’s area of expertise is human development and resilience over the lifespan, particularly helping individuals cope with stress. Stress can be related to genetic/biological variables or environmental causes, and her goal is to create positive behavioral change through solid intervention techniques aimed at reducing stress and acquiring positive coping strategies.

4-5pm
Pain Science Yoga Life: The Neuroscience of Pain and A Game of Darts
By Marnie Hartman, DPT
This presentation will look at multidimensional nature of pain based on empirical evidence and how using the mindfulness perspective of “1st Dart, 2nd Dart” may offer a place to create a shift in the painful experience. You will be given direct methods to take these concepts back to your students, patients and/or clients.
Marnie Hartman, DPT, has a special interest in the neurobiology of pain and the physiological shifts that happen when pain becomes persistent. The identification of the container that yoga provided to aid those suffering with pain, was the driving force behind her going to yoga teacher training with Tiffany, nearly 10 years ago. She recently co-authored a book on bridging the gap between the neuroscience of pain and the art and science of yoga, Pain Science Yoga Life.

5-6pm
Chronic Pain Science Meets Therapeutic Yoga: An Ongoing Study Looking at Movement as Medicine
By Sava Papos & Simone Berzen, BSc, MACP
Worldwide one in four people live with chronic pain. In this workshop, we look holistically at chronic pain through the biopsychosocial model. We mindfully explore and introduce therapeutic yoga with other innovative techniques to assist those living with chronic pain to move better. This is helpful in improving their self-efficacy, confidence, functional abilities and quality of life.
Sava is a Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist based in Perth, Western Australia. His specific interest in the power of yoga to assist in healing led him to deepen his focus on using yoga therapy techniques to help those suffering with chronic pain. Together with his Pain Physiotherapist colleague, Simone Berzen he has co-developed a 6 week Sensing Movement course, which has led to successfully helping many people suffering with chronic pain conditions. He continues to study with Yoga Medicine and Pain specialists in Australia to further build upon his knowledge.
Simone is a Registered Physiotherapist and Titled Pain Physiotherapist working in Perth, Western Australia as a Clinical Facilitator and Pain Physiotherapist for a multi-
disciplinary Chronic Pain Management Program. Simone and Sava Papos have developed a 6 week Mindfulness and Movement Program (Sensing Movement) for people living with chronic pain. This program is innovative, practical, experiential and educational. This work will showcase the wonderful beneficial effects for those living with chronic pain using therapeutic yoga, energy medicine, and current pain science treatment and management strategies.

Tuesday, September 15th

9-10am
The Thoracolumbar Fascia: A Research-Based Examination of Its Function and Implications in Low Back Pain
By Katja Bartsch, BSc, BCSI
This lecture is dedicated to a major connective tissue structure in the low back: the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF). We will look at the anatomy of this multi-layered structure and will discuss how we can integrate specific movements into our yoga practice to foster slide and glide between the layers. We will also look at specific research examining the TLF in relation to chronic low back pain and how we can translate these findings into our yoga teaching.
Katja’s workshops and lectures reflect her passion for anatomy, alignment, and anything fascia. She has been teaching yoga for about a decade and is teaching anatomy and fascia physiology in teacher trainings around Europe. Katja is certified as E-RYT 500, has a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in sports science and is a Board-Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (BCSI; ATSI) trained by Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains school. She is currently working towards her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Robert Schleip and the Fascia Research Group in Munich (Germany).

10-10:30am
MFR Movement Session: Embodied Movement: Using MFR to Explore Fascial/Visceral Connections
By January Corteza
This movement practice and short lecture will present the perspective of visceral fascial connections and its major influence in movement and well-being. A 30-minute exploration of pranayama and asanas with MFR will highlight the benefits on organ mobility and motility. The therapeutic learnings shared from osteopathic and Chinese medicine concepts hopes to complement your yoga practice and teaching.
January is based in Dubai where she conducts workshops, teacher trainings and specialty classes in Pilates, Strength and Function coaching, and therapeutic modalities such as Visceral Manipulation, Neurokinetic Therapy and Myofascial Release. She discovered yoga as she was travelling the world as a flight attendant and deepened her practice after experiencing body trauma where yoga has been instrumental in her recovery. Her interests include the study of anatomy, fascia and therapeutics as applied in movement practices for healing and optimal well being. She also teaches prenatal yoga classes and shares pelvic floor specialty workshops in application across modalities.

10:30-11:30am
New Research Implications for Cancer Survivorship as It Relates to Fascia, TCM and Yoga Modalities
By Doreen Wiggins, MD, MHL, FACOG, FACS
Recent national cancer survivorship guidelines are recommending yoga, meditation, acupressure and acupuncture as treatment options to improve quality of life. New paradigm shifts of understanding cancer development and progression support the role ECM of fascia as a key influencer for disease. Translational research is being developed to utilize meridians and acupuncture points for the delivery of targeted cancer therapies, and have facilitated understanding of the benefits of acupuncture and acupressure in cancer patients. Join us for a deep integrational approach to cancer survivorship.
Doreen L Wiggins, MD, MHL, FACOG, FACS is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University specializing in breast cancer surgery and cancer survivorship. She has been invited to teach annually at women’s yoga retreats, including at Kripalu with Rajshree Choudhary for her Pregnancy Yoga Series since 2011. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years, and became a Pranotthan Yoga teacher in 2018, with foundations in a focused discipline on the Koshas. Her areas of expertise include post traumatic growth, women’s health, cancer survivorship and breast cancer.

4-5pm
Your Brain on Yoga: Insights from Neuroimaging
By Daya Grant, PhD, MS
This workshop will reveal our current understanding of how yoga can alter both the structure and function of the brain. We will examine common findings from neuroimaging studies and discuss the implications for yoga teachers and medical professionals.
Daya Alexander Grant, Ph.D., is a mental performance consultant, neuroscientist and yoga teacher who specializes in helping athletes train their mind using mental skills and meditation techniques. She has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA, where her research focused on the long-term consequences of repeat concussions. Daya has designed courses and written articles for Yoga Medicine, Yoga International, Stack, and peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her private practice is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and their young son.

5-6pm
The Gut Microbiome, Stress, and Mental Health: What Do We Know and Where Does Yoga Fit In?
By Valerie Knopik, PhD
Gut microbiota play an important role in the immune system, metabolism, digestion, and have a significant effect on our nervous system (Luo et al., 2018). The bi-directional microbiota-gut-brain (MGB) axis is quickly becoming an exciting pathway in the approach to mental health. While much remains to be learned, we’ll discuss recent research on how promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, including the use of pre/probiotics and yoga modalities such as meditation and pranayama (which can affect both the vagus nerve and neurotransmitters suggested to also be affected by the MGB axis) may work to alleviate symptoms of stress and associated mental health challenges.
Valerie Knopik, PhD, YACEP is the Ben & Maxine Miller Professor and Department Head of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University and E-RYT in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her research focuses on how our internal biology and our external physical environment (including yoga, mindfulness, and meditation) can interact to positively change our mental health landscape.

Wednesday, September 16th

9-10am
Comprehensive Capacity: A New Perspective on Working with Athletes
By Jenni Tarma
A professional baseball pitcher and ballet dancer each have highly specialized skills and unique physical adaptations, including many that might be considered atypical, asymmetrical, or even “abnormal.” However, these adaptations are what allows them to excel at their sport, and perhaps even gives the athlete a significant competitive edge. In the event of injury, it’s important that these unique adaptations be preserved, and traditional rehab methods focused on “standardizing” movement and/or meeting pre-set criteria or specific ranges of motion may not be the most appropriate or efficient. This workshop explores how a “comprehensive capacity” approach, focusing on training all the biomotor capabilities of the injured area, could present an attractive approach and yield better results when working with skilled athletes in a therapeutic capacity.
Jenni is a ERYT500 teacher, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, RRCA Endurance Coach, CrossFit L1 trainer, and lifelong athlete who has always found a sense of connection and focus through sports. Aside from chipping away at her 1000hr certification with Yoga Medicine, Jenni’s interest in movement and endurance sports have led her to complete a Teaching Yoga To Athletes certification with Sage Rountree and a 500hr program in biomechanics with Jules Mitchell. She teaches mobility at her local CrossFit gym, works with athletes one-on-one to improve performance, mechanics and recovery, and is in the process of launching a digital platform geared at sport-specific mobility and injury prevention for weightlifting athletes.

10-11am
Considerations for Athlete Workload from the Perspective of Division 1 College Coaches
By Alysia Hendricks & Brie Galicinao, PhD
High level athletes are elite at executing the tasks needed to be successful in their respective sports but not necessarily elite at taking care of their bodies or awareness of the needs of their bodies. Similar to what is emphasized in YM trainings: just as every body is different, the needs of every athlete is different. Learn how to meet the needs of individual athletes and teams by knowing which questions to ask and who to include in the conversation.
Alysia Hendricks graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2000 and has a Masters in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. Alysia completed her 200-hour yoga teacher with Yoga Medicine and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is a former athlete competing in both softball and basketball in college and has completed 5 marathons and multiple half marathons. Currently, she coaches at UCSB and specializes in sports performance including concussion recovery.
Brie Galicinao enters her 14th season as Head Softball Coach at University of California, Santa Barbara where she specializes in working with Division 1 softball athletes on their performance on and off the field as well as therapeutic yoga instruction for multiple sports. Athletically, Brie played softball professionally in Italy following her collegiate career at Princeton where she is the sole athlete in Ivy League history to be awarded both Pitcher and Player of the Year in the same season. For over 20 years, Brie has studied and instructed different movement modalities and earned a Ph.D. in Education with an Emphasis on Leadership and Organization from UCSB. Brie is currently enjoying her yoga education through Yoga Medicine case studies and the 1000HR research project.

4-5pm
Practicing Durability: Supporting Resilience through Yoga
By Alison Heilig, CPT, CES
We all come equipped with an incredible interconnected system that is capable of being extraordinarily responsive to stimulus, challenge, and stressors. In this presentation, we’ll explore the amazing internal processes that are constantly working to keep us steady as the world around us changes. We’ll also explore ways to use the practice of yoga to support this inner balance and use language that helps our students understand, appreciate, and grow their inner resilience.
Alison is an accomplished ultramarathoner and triathlete with a history of competing in both CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. She is a Level 2 RRCA-Certified Running Coach, a certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Yoga Medicine Teacher. She works with people to create sustainable movement and harmonious wellness strategies to maximize durability so her clients can stay active and keep pursuing the things they enjoy in life. Her first book, The Durable Runner, helps runners develop a solid training strategy to remain physically and mentally durable and she is currently working on her second book — tentatively named Durability.

5-5:30pm
Movement Session: Somatics and Spirals
By Kylie Rook
In this workshop we will be exploring developmental movement and spirals to find more ease with getting up and down off the floor. As we age the ability to get up and down with ease is one of the things that we lose. Our eye gaze can also become very rigid and fixed which will also affect the movement o the skull and the natural spiral through the spine. Watch a baby move and you will see how they coordinate their movement through their gaze and head movement.
Strength, coordination and cognition all have roots in our developmental movement patterns. So this is a great place to start when dealing with injuries or to promote more ease and fluidity in movement.
Kylie is an ERYT-500 YACEP, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, and Yoga Detourist®. With a teaching style totally her own, Kylie understands the body from a Western perspective and fuses that with the tradition of yoga to enhance the live’s of her students. She runs 200hr and 500hr RYT trainings in New Zealand as well as creating online short courses for teachers and students. She delights in making anatomy and biomechanics accessible and fun and is on a mission to educate teachers on how to use the latest in movement science to sequence and cue students. She has a passion and skill for working one to one, creating an environment that empowers the student towards greater awareness, agency and ease in their life.

5:30-6:30pm
Peak Performance: Professional Skills for Working with Athletes
By Elena Cheung
Stepping into the world of high-performance athletics as a yoga teacher can be formidable. As a former full-time yoga movement specialist to one of the top NFL quarterbacks as well as other high-level athletes, Elena offers a look into the intersection of yoga and competitive sports. Get a peek into a day in the life that highlights the professional navigation and personal considerations required to excel in the arena of high-performance athletics.
Elena is a yoga teacher and movement specialist whose work is informed by her love for the intricacy of the human body. She has studied anatomy and biomechanics extensively under guidance of incredible teachers such as Tiffany Cruikshank, Richelle Ricard, Jules Mitchell, and others. Elena brings her keen awareness and curiosity to her clients through precise and intentional yoga classes. Her specialty lies in working with professional athletes, populations with ability-specific needs, injury prevention and recovery, and for those who simply want to feel better in their bodies

Thursday, September 17th

9-10am
Evidence-Based Awareness and Interoception: Is This the Crux of All Our Work as Teachers?!
By Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac, MAOM
This presentation will look at some of the research supported implications for the impacts of our practice. We’ll explore new findings in pain, fascial health, nervous system regulation and body awareness as it relates to a yoga practice. Some of the most impactful work we do is educating our students and this session will give you some info and research to back up the simple but important things we do. We’ll also focus on how this information & our language can maximize the impacts of our practice. Important information and research for yoga or movement instructors, healthcare providers and students with a deep interest in maximizing therapeutic effects.
Tiffany Cruikshank L.Ac., MAOM is the founder of Yoga Medicine and Yoga Medicine Online, her work focuses on fusing anatomy and western medicine with traditional yoga practices to serve the medical communities. Having trained thousands of teachers internationally with Yoga Medicine, Tiffany is also the author of 2 books and is a regularly featured expert in major media outlets. With her background in acupuncture and sports medicine, Tiffany has worked with numerous professional athletes and celebrities, run her own clinics and was the in-house Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher at the Nike WHQ for 7 years. Teaching since the mid 90’s, for the past 10+ years Tiffany has spent a majority of her time traveling to train teachers and healthcare providers around the world.

10-11am
From Pain to Ease: An Integrative Approach to Fibromyalgia
By Monisha Bhanote, MD, FCAP
Fibromyalgia, the “invisible” disease, occurs in 2-8% of the general population worldwide, causing chronic widespread pain. Applying principles of integrative therapies including yoga, myofascial release and mediation is an adjunct to reducing pain and improving function in patients with fibromyalgia.
Dr. Monisha Bhanote is a triple board certified physician with expertise in Integrative Medicine and Anatomic/Clinical Pathology. After graduating from Binghamton University, with dual degrees in Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Asian Studies, she earned her medical degree and subsequently completed training at NYU Winthrop University Hospital and served as chief resident, followed by fellowships in Cytopathology at Cornell, Breast Cancer at University of Rochester and Integrative Medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine Arizona. She has supplemental training and certifications in Culinary Medicine, Meditation, Plant Based Nutrition, and Yoga Medicine where she applies a whole body approach to healing. She is an accomplished writer having written numerous papers and recently authored Pathology Case Reports for Elsevier, a leading scientific publishing house. Known as a health and wellness expert, she has been featured in publications such as “Shape magazine,” “Mind Body Green,”, “Martha Stewart Living,” and “Prevention magazine,” amongst others. She is the founder of Integrative Medicine | Wellbeing and the Physician Well-being Mentorship program “Heal the Healer,” in northeast Florida and continues to practice, write, and teach with an evidence based approach. You can find more info at www.drbhanote.com or @drbhanote

11am-12pm
Ayurvedic Tools to Support MS
By Cristina Kuhn
Multiple Sclerosis can be a difficult disease to wrap your head around, especially if you are unfamiliar with it. Using Ayurveda, we can address most, if not all, of the common symptoms of MS and potentially provide relief. In this presentation we will learn how Ayurveda can be used to demystify MS by not only delving into the source of the issue, but also by addressing how the doshas may be involved in the disease process.
Cristina Kuhn has been teaching yoga since 2010 and practicing since 2000. She is a Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, a Kripalu Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher, and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011 and began her studies in Ayurveda shortly thereafter with the goal of holistically addressing the source of her illness, and she has been using Ayurvedic principles in her life and with her students ever since.

4-5pm
Energetic Hygiene as Self-Care for Teachers and Caregivers
By Kat Fowler
This interactive lecture will cover the basics of our energetic anatomy, the 7 main chakras, the minor chakras, as well as the 7 layers of the human biofield, or aura. We’ll discuss what healthy balanced energy looks and feels like in your body, so you’ll gain an applied understanding of your current energetic state. In this workshop you’ll learn fundamental practices regarding the hygiene and maintenance of your energetic health. Learn 4 foundational techniques to clean, clear, boost, shield and protect your energy, along with practical tools to manage your energy when working with groups or clients.
Kat is the host of The Soul Awakening Podcast, is an E-RYT 500, a YA Continued Education Provider, certified a Reiki Master Teacher, a skilled energy therapist, and an experienced teacher’s mentor with over a decade of teaching and over 2,000 hours of training. Kat has led several of her own 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs, and has trained and personally mentored over 50 teachers collectively. Kat also guest teaches and lectures at several teacher training programs across NYC and at special events. Kat is a published contributing author for Yoga Journal and for NY Yoga + Life Magazine and has been featured on several news interviews. Kat has also worked with the anatomically-based international yoga school, Yoga Medicine, as a senior teacher and mentor in their teacher training programs

5-5:30pm
Movement Sessions: Reflexive Guarding: Unlocking Chronic Tension
By Kylie Rook
The nervous system is king when it comes to movement. It will only grant range of motion if it feels safe. If the nervous system does not feel safe, it will go into reflexive guarding patterns. It will make muscles contract to stabilize and it will give us the sensation of tightness. Tightness is an output from the brain just like pain. It’s a signal from the nervous system that we need to adapt, to strengthen to find stability. It begins with the breath. Breath helps the nervous system feel safe and also provides intraabdominal pressure to stabilize the lumbar spine. Good breathing is good shape change. In order to have good shape change the ribs need to expand three dimensionally and the pelvic floor needs to move in conjunction with the diaphragm. Learn how some of your cues might be disrupting breathing mechanics and core stability in your students.
Kylie is an ERYT-500 YACEP, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, and Yoga Detourist®. With a teaching style totally her own, Kylie understands the body from a Western perspective and fuses that with the tradition of yoga to enhance the live’s of her students. She runs 200hr and 500hr RYT trainings in New Zealand as well as creating online short courses for teachers and students. She delights in making anatomy and biomechanics accessible and fun and is on a mission to educate teachers on how to use the latest in movement science to sequence and cue students. She has a passion and skill for working one to one, creating an environment that empowers the student towards greater awareness, agency and ease in their life.

5:30-7pm
Yoga and Addiction Recovery Panel
By Lara Ederer & Dana Diament
5:30-5:55pm
Offering Yoga within Intensive Addiction Treatment Programs
By Lara Ederer

This workshop discusses the integration of yoga and meditation to addiction and recovery treatment centers with evidence-based outcomes, along with counterindicators to consider including co-occurring diagnosis, medical implications, and boundaries around empathy and trauma.
Lara Ederer is a 500-hour YM Reg Therapeutic Specialist currently pursuing her 1000 hour. She has a graduate degree in counseling with a focus on Substance Abuse in the State of Washington; she has worked in multiple facets of clinical care from crisis interventions to creating yoga and meditation programs in residential treatment programs over the course of 15 years. She is a recovering alcoholic and addict and was fortunate to begin her yoga program 19 years ago while getting sober.
 
5:55-6:20pm
Yoga Specific Strategies to Support Addiction Recovery Programs
By Dana Diament

This presentation looks at the details of the approach and techniques Dana uses to support people undergoing treatment for addiction at in-patient or out-patient facilities. The techniques have been tailored for a demographic that are new to yoga, middle aged, and are typically also undergoing treatment for chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD. Learn about combining various yoga modalities, based on scientific and medical concepts related to trauma, mental health, detoxification, and the nervous system, to create effective month-long programs, and receive tips and strategies for working one-on-one in a recovery program environment.
Dana Diament is a yoga therapist, educator, mentor, studio owner, and mum based in Lennox Head, Australia. She has a wide variety of experience working with people 1-on-1; her specialities include back and hip pain, recovery and addiction, anxiety and depression, pregnancy and post-natal. Her group classes weave together intelligent anatomical sequencing and wisdom drawn from yoga philosophy and traditional Chinese Medicine. Dana is Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist, E-RYT500, and a member of the Yoga Medicine® teaching team.
 
6:20-6:30pm
Q&A
With Lara Ederer & Dana Diament

Friday, September 18th

9-10am
Positive Behavior Management for Kids Yoga
By Alice Blunden
Teaching Yoga to children can be a magical and rewarding experience and it can also be exhausting and chaotic. While one child is rolling up the mats, another child is crying because he misses him mom, the girl next to him needs to go to the bathroom… How is it possible to manage each situation and give each child the attention he/ she needs AND teach yoga?! Believe it or not… it is possible! Join Alice as she shares her experience & strategies for class management and positive behavior strategies that enable you to create a calm and nurturing environment for teaching yoga to children.
Alice Louise Blunden is a London-based certified 500-hour Yoga Medicine teacher, primary school teacher, Teach First ambassador, language lover, kitesurfer, windsurfer, skier and traveller. She is honoured to be working with Tiffany as a Yoga Medicine teacher while continuing her education through the Yoga Medicine 1000-hour Master Teacher Training Program.

10-10:30am
Movement Session: Functional Yoga to Support Our Modern Needs
By Sandy Raper
Explore a modern approach within the yoga flow practice designed with emphasis and the application of movement techniques to support accessibility and adaptability to meet our functional needs. Participants are invited to experience a fresh approach and insight towards organizing and crafting a yoga practice that creates functionality, with sustainability, and relevance for carrying the yoga practice into daily living. Yoga mat needed. Two yoga blocks and a blanket, if available.
A modern yogi, Sandy finds balance as a wife and mother of three boys, while cultivating sustainability and consistency as a yoga teacher, educator, and teacher trainer for almost two decades. As a YM Therapeutic Specialist, RYS, YACEP, her modern approach to the traditional yoga practice imbues functionality, which includes attention within the subtle details of movement, myofascial release, alignment, and techniques to support activities for daily living off the mat. Sandy’s passion is to continually inspire students to create a unique practice with relevance and equip teachers with teaching methods and approaches that encourage exploration and elevates the effectiveness of sharing the gift of the practice of yoga. Reach out and connect with Sandy at www.sandyraper.com.

10:30-11:30am
The Importance of Yoga and Complementary Modalities in Law Enforcement
By Amy Satterfield
In this presentation you’ll learn about some of the common physical and mental challenges and obstacles facing the men and women of law enforcement and how we as yoga teachers can be of service to those who vow to protect and serve us. The potential to impact both the physical and mental tolls this type of job takes has the opportunity to create a ripple effect in the lives of the officers as well as the communities they serve.
Amy Satterfield is an anatomy inspired teacher with a diverse yoga & fitness background. With experience working with hundreds of veterans, first responders, children, special needs adults, athletes, and people with various injuries, Amy has come to know and teach yoga in a very unique way. Amy is a Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Studio Owner in Troy, Michigan.

4-5pm
Thesis Presentation and Research Findings: A Three-Part Approach to Improving Standing Balance in Older Adults
By Rachel Land & Mark Hunter, Dip RM & DIP BT
Falling due to loss of balance is a significant cause of negative health outcomes in older adults; in fact, falls are the leading cause of injury in adults aged 65 years or older. Working regularly with this population, both one-on-one and in groups, has motivated Rachel to explore various approaches to improving standing balance, in fact it formed the basis of Rachel’s 1000hr research project with Yoga Medicine. In Rachel’s experience, she has found a three-part approach including structural, neuromuscular and behavioral strategies to be the most effective.
Rachel Land is a yoga teacher, educator, teacher trainer and writer based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Rachel is passionate about empowering others to become their own teacher and wellness advocate and is committed to providing accessible tools for students to do that. With that aim, she contributes regularly to online platforms including Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Yoga Digest, YogaBasics, Healthline, and through online courses and classes.
Mark Hunter is yoga teacher, with 24 years experience as a health practitioner and educator, who lives in Queenstown New Zealand. His life-long passion for many aspects of health and wellbeing, and extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, ensure his classes are not only enjoyable, but also well-constructed and safe for all levels. Mark specializes in teaching yoga to mature students as well teaching balance, strength and flexibility classes to seniors.

5-6pm
Strong Core and Pelvic Floor Rehab: Your Core Is More Than Your Abs
By Melissa Oleson, DPT, CDNT, INHC
There is more to your core and pelvic floor than abs and kegels, it’s all about learning how to use this amazing system (Intraabdominal pressure system) to have optimal performance with your activities. If you have dysfunction in your core, it can contribute to hip, low back, knee, or shoulder pain, and pelvic health issues. Making specific changes with your breath, alignment, and muscle activation has a massive impact on creating a healthy core and pelvic floor to enjoy activities without limitations.
Melissa has a B.S. in Nutritional Science, a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, and is also an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach. She is a sports medicine, orthopedic, and women’s health physical therapist that has been blending yoga and PT to help individuals build a solid foundation by learning how to move for optimal performance. She is founder of MSUNN Yoga + Wellness, a mobile and virtual concierge physical therapy + wellness practice focusing on helping people relieve pain, increase strength, and gain mobility to do what they love without limitations. She is on a mission to help individuals move better an feel better by building a strong core that goes way beyond abs and kegels. She loves being active, getting outside, a good matcha latte, and cannot wait to chat with you!
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