Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference:
Transformation Through Yoga

October 25-28, 2012 in Indian Wells, CA

Program Information

Explore the transformative aspects of Yoga with an outstanding lineup of experienced teachers and speakers. RYTs can earn up to 15 contact hours of continuing education at the conference by attending all conference sessions. Daily practice sessions and free time in the evening will ensure you have a balanced experience, both educational and recreational, with your Yoga teacher peers.

Please note, the schedule below is still subject to change and we will post updates of any schedule changes prior to the conference. Attendees will be required to pre-register for sessions prior to the conference. Pre-registration will be available soon.

The presenters were amazing. The focus was overwhelmingly on the wisdom teachings while giving a deserving nod to the physical practice and the needs of the business owner. Most importantly, I met people that want to understand Yoga. Everyone I met, including the staff and board of Yoga Alliance, reflected deep and dedicated respect and interest in all of what Yoga is.

- Jeanne

Program Schedule

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Thursday, October 25

12:00PM - 9:00PM

Registration

Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Welcome Remarks and Reception

Crystal Ballroom

4:00PM - 9:00PM

Exhibitor Hall Open

Crystal Ballroom

6:00PM - 7:15PM

Asana Practice

Moderate Asana with Live Music

Felicia Tomasko, E-RYT 500 from Santa Barbara, CA

Emerald Ballroom

Join Felicia for an invigorating asana practice to celebrate the beginning of our second annual Leadership Conference. With assistance from renowned musicians, we will rouse the energy of our vibrant community through mindful movement and music. This heartfelt practice will help inspire each of us to awaken our Yoga journey throughout this special weekend of education and restoration together.

About Felicia

Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN brings a unique perspective on wellness and health acquired through her experiences as a Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and study of Western medicine as a registered nurse. She is the editor in chief of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine and serves nationally in the Ayurvedic community on the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. In Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California, she teaches weekly classes where her focus is largely on restorative, Yin, and therapeutic practices along with all levels Vinyasa flow. Her classes filmed at the popular Yoga studio Yogaglo are found online (www.yogaglo.com). Additionally, Felicia teaches regularly at an inpatient drug and alcohol recovery center. Felicia teaches teachers in a number of different teacher training programs nationally and internationally.

www.ayurvedafordailylife.blogspot.com

Friday, October 26

6:00AM - 7:15AM

Asana Practice

Vigorous Asana

Nancy Goodstein, E-RYT 500 from Venice, CA

Emerald 5 6 7 8

This Ashtanga class will replace any fear of this profound practice with respect for its structure, amazing ability to transform, and technical understanding to safely approach even the most intricate poses. It will begin with breath and body awareness to enhance effectiveness and safety, before continuing with a slightly reduced, classical Primary series, ending with simple pranayama and savasana.

About Nancy

As a teacher and practitioner of Ashtanga for more than 20 years, Nancy brings strong attention to detail, energy, and intense focus on the breath. Tapas, devoted discipline and joy are the currencies that her strong physical teachings rely on. Due to her longstanding practice, she is very aware of how to move with the body’s natural anatomy without force, helping students find expanded physical capacity and emotional calm. Nancy completed YogaWorks training 20 years ago when taught by Lisa Walford and Erich Shiffman. Her main teachers have been Guru Sri K. Patabhi Jois, Dena Kingsburg, Sherri Friedrichson and Alan Finger.

www.nancygoodstein.com
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Crystal Ballroom

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Exhibitor Hall open

Crystal Ballroom

8:00AM - 10:00AM

Session One

Ayurvedic Self-Care Techniques for Yoga Teachers

Felicia Tomasko, E-RYT 500 from Santa Barbara, CA

Mountain View

As Yoga teachers, it can be far too easy to focus on the well-being of students and clients and end up depleting yourself in the process. We need continual reminders to practice what we preach and to nourish ourselves in order to maintain our strength, resilience, and ability to enjoy our own practice and teaching. The science of Ayurveda offers a number of different tools to help enhance our discipline and to maintain our inner constitutional strength. Simple additions and/or modifications to our daily routine can provide us the freedom of feeling good and being able to maintain our practice and teaching with ease. We need to spend time taking care of ourselves and in this workshop we will practice and learn a few simple techniques for self-care and make a commitment to ourselves to develop a non-negotiable self-care practice. We will participate in group practices, answer questions through journaling, and find an accountability partner to help us connect and commit to our nonnegotiable self-care practice. This session will allow you to change your relationship with your daily practice so that it nourishes you deeply.

About Felicia

Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN brings a unique perspective on wellness and health acquired through her experiences as a Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and study of Western medicine as a registered nurse. She is the editor in chief of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine and serves nationally in the Ayurvedic community on the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. In Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California, she teaches weekly classes where her focus is largely on restorative, Yin, and therapeutic practices along with all levels Vinyasa flow. Her classes filmed at the popular Yoga studio Yogaglo are found online (www.yogaglo.com). Additionally, Felicia teaches regularly at an inpatient drug and alcohol recovery center. Felicia teaches teachers in a number of different teacher training programs nationally and internationally.

www.ayurvedafordailylife.blogspot.com

Self-Empowerment through Yoga Outreach

Jasmine Chehrazi, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Washington, DC

Toulon

Teaching Yoga outreach in homeless shelters, jails, schools, the military, and hospitals is not an act of charity. Rather, the teachers who engage in this form of karma Yoga find that their experience leaves them just as transformed, if not more so, than their students. Join this inspirational session to learn why and how you should start a Yoga outreach program in your community. Using Yoga as a practical tool of self-empowerment for teachers and students alike, you'll learn best practices for adapting Yoga to help outreach communities meet their own needs, as you meet yours.

About Jasmine

Jasmine Chehrazi is founder of Yoga Activist, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to improving accessibility and trauma sensitivity in Yoga and mindfulness instruction, and founder of the Yoga District collective of five not-for-profit Yoga studios in Washington DC. In her role as a Yoga educator, Chehrazi serves on the faculty at George Washington University, advising Yoga teachers-in-training. She believes Yoga instructors have a responsibility to adapt their classes with sensitivity to individual student needs, while also dealing with the realities of group instruction and honoring the integrity of their Yoga tradition.

www.yogaactivist.org and www.yogadistrict.org

Successful Tools for Teaching and Retaining Private Clients

Karen Moss, E-RYT 500 from Memphis, TN

Rhodes A B

This session will guide you through every aspect of developing, teaching and retaining private clients as a Yoga teacher. Participants will learn to identify desirable clients and build clientele, create intake forms to assess new clients, and manage all business aspects of private clients. Karen will share tips from her vast experience with private clients on formatting a private session and effective communication to listen, observe, and evaluate private clients.

About Karen

Karen Moss is the founder, owner and director of Better Bodies Yoga, which opened its doors in December 2004. In addition to her regular teaching schedule, Karen has found a particular niche in providing private Yoga lessons, retaining many clients for five years or longer. She has coached several of her studio’s teachers to find the same long term success with their private Yoga clients, as well. Karen’s depth of knowledge, understanding, experience, compassion, patience and tenacity give much needed comfort, inspiration, and inner strength to all whom she instructs. Karen feels that ultimately helping people one by one, breath by breath and step by step is her greatest strength and the way in which she will leave the world a better place than before she entered it.

www.BetterBodiesYoga.com

Meet your Feet

Leeann Carey, E-RYT 500 from Redondo Beach, CA

Valencia

The participants will explore their Yoga practice with a new understanding of their foundation. The many muscles and bones located in the feet all work together to support our standing weight and movement in space. The workshop includes a quick study of the feet through self-massage, stretching and stabilizing exercises, followed by a strong asana practice that integrates the earlier explorations. The practice will connect the dots between the feet, forelegs, hips and pelvis through simple and complex movements. Students are encouraged to bring a belt and block.

About Leeann

Leeann is the creator and founder of the Leeann Carey Yoga School and Yãpana Yoga, a Yoga Alliance registered school, providing inspired continuing Yoga education for teachers in studios, wellness, fitness and athletic facilities. Her eclectic blend of Yoga appeals to a wide range of students, from beginners to professional athletes, and was forged over many years of study with leading teachers including Kofi Busia, Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffmann and Judith Lasater.

www.leeanncareyyoga.com

Ease your Depression and Anxiety

Liz Owen, E-RYT 500 from Arlington, MA

Emerald 1 2 3 4

Medical science is proving that practicing Yoga changes brain chemistry by increasing neurotransmitters that fight depression and anxiety. In this workshop, participants will learn about the dynamics and practice of Yoga as it relates to depression and anxiety, and how to practice and teach Yoga to ease symptoms and promote mental stability. Both lecture and practice portions are based on NIH-funded research co-authored by Owen and conducted at Boston University School of Medicine. The practice portion of the workshop includes active and restorative asanas, pranayama, and therapeutic deep relaxation. A handbook with practice sequences is included. The study, “Effects of Yoga versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety and Brain GABA Levels”, was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, November 2010. Learn more about the study and read an abstract.

About Liz

Liz is an inspired and passionate Yoga teacher. She combines physical alignment, meditative action and the cultivation of a joyful heart to create an innovative and transformative class experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her lighthearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied Iyengar, Vinyasa and Classical Hatha Yoga for over 25 years and was a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor from 1995 to 2010. She is co-author of an NIH-funded study at Boston University Medical Center studying Yoga as a healing modality for depression and anxiety, published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Liz has presented workshops at the 2011 Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness and Yoga Journal Conferences.

www.lizowenyoga.com

Tap into Your Vision, Create the Plan, Get Results!

Joan Dwyer (All That Matters) from Wakefield, RI

Sardinia

Are you still working from your vision and passion? In this workshop spend time centering and re-aligning with your vision for the work you are called to do. Re-aligning with your vision and invigorating your mission offer great clarity and motivation to go home and move forward boldly. From visions we will move to building the framework to bring your visions to fruition. Business plans and budgets are essential to a healthy business. They pave the way for setting realistic goals, and provide a solid tool for evaluating your successes and challenges. They are useful for starting new businesses, reviving existing ones, launching new ventures within your organization, and yearly planning. Come be empowered by numbers – it can be easy, fun and enlightening!

About Joan

Joan Dwyer is the co-creator and owner of All That Matters, New England’s largest non-residential Yoga and holistic education center started in 1995. Joan has crossed the country lecturing on holistic health. Her enthusiasm for the subject is positively contagious. She draws on her decades of holistic education and business experience as strategic consultant, empowering new Yoga studios and other clients to succeed. In addition, she shares her expertise on television, in magazine articles, and in workshops on “The Business of Yoga” in Kripalu’s Yoga Teacher Trainings and others. She is excited about helping make the world a healthier place, one person, business and community at a time. Joan believes that inner peace leads to world peace – and that is all that really matters.

www.allthatmatters.com
10:30AM - 12:30PM

Session Two

Sharing Yoga with Children

Amanda McFadyen, E-RYT 200 & RCYT from Newmarket, Ontario

Mountain View

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Yoga for children and families. Experience Yoga like a child – laughing, dancing, playing games and embodying the natural world through Yoga. Learn essential ideas to create exciting and fascinating Yoga experiences for children and families and, most importantly, connect to your own innate sense of creativity, wonder and fun!

About Amanda

Amanda McFadyen loves sharing Yoga with children ages 0-99! Since founding BlissKids in 2006, the first children’s Yoga company north of Toronto, Amanda has shared Yoga with thousands of children and now trains teachers across North America through Rainbow Kids.

www.rainbowkidsyoga.net

Bringing Spiritual Transformation Down to Earth

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, E-RYT 500 from Nevada City, CA

Emerald 5 6 7 8

You can present the concepts and experience of inner transformation through Yoga in a way that will appeal to just about any audience: left-brained, right-brained, and everything in-between. In this session, you’ll experience ways to communicate Yoga’s highly specific, logical — yet transcendent — approach to raising consciousness. We’ll cover both the art and the science of Yoga, through the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. You’ll gain ideas for giving your students new, non-dogmatic entry points to the higher, spiritual dimensions of Yoga practices.

About Gyandev

Gyandev has taught all aspects of Yoga—including asana, meditation, and Yoga philosophy—in the Ananda tradition since 1983. He is director of Ananda Yoga worldwide and of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda’s retreat center, The Expanding Light, near Nevada City, CA. He also teaches throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, India and Europe. Gyandev has authored a variety of Yoga videos and CD’s, plus two Yoga therapy books. A disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than 30 years, he lives in the Ananda Village ashram in northern California.

www.ExpandingLight.org

The Physiology of Samskaras: Tissue Memory and Yoga Therapy

Jeff Masters, E-RYT 200 from Clarkdale, AZ

Emerald 1 2 3 4

Samskaras are powerful forces that influence the shape and color of our perception of reality. In this session we will explore the capacity our body has to perceive, receive, carry and store samskaras and how these impressions are embedded at multiple levels within the different koshas. We will explore research supporting the physical correlates of the various koshas that allow for samskaric transference and practice techniques for engaging each sheath to become aware of, process and ultimately release these deeply held patterns.

About Jeff

Jeff Masters LMT, E-RYT, NASM-CPT, Msc. (Hon.), visionary healer and teacher, has been researching consciousness and the human energy field for over 30 years. In that time he has studied with some of the most luminous minds in the fields of mind/body science including Marcel Vogel (IBM & Psychic Research Inc.), Paul St. John (St. John's Neuromuscular Therapy), Rama Jyoti Vernon (International Yoga College) and Vasant Lad BAMS, MASc. (The Ayurvedic Institute). A student of Yoga since childhood, Jeff’s experiences range from Ashtanga Yoga and Transcendental Meditation to the exploration of Yoga’s foundational Vedic texts and the integration of ancient principles with modern science and medicine. Jeff is the founder of Thunder Mountain Wellness, a Sedona based facility dedicated to vibrant health, wellness and the realization of the fully actualized human potential.

www.tmwc.org

Sanskrit Revolution

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D., from Charlotte, NC

Toulon

Have you ever wondered how to pronounce Sanskrit words? This session will demystify the pronunciations, spellings and definitions of terms that you have heard and read. You will learn the sounds of all the letters in the alphabet (technically a ‘syllabary’) and apply your new skills during our study of the asanas and Patanjali's classical definition of Yoga. Understanding the linguistic foundation of Yoga will enhance your practice and teaching skills. You will leave this session with Sanskrit words rolling off your tongue and greater clarity about their spelling and meaning.

About Marcy

Marcy teaches courses that focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Yoga traditions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Marcy also leads “Sanskrit Revolution” workshops at Yoga studios nationally. Drawing from her academic training at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from tutorials with Professor B.N. Pandit in New Delhi, and from 15 years of practicing Yoga, she teaches inspiring Sanskrit workshops that are as playful as they are profound. She has created a comprehensive Sanskrit/English Asana Dictionary that is featured on her website. Upon first learning Sanskrit, Marcy was riveted by its depth and beauty, and she now enthusiastically makes it her mission to help others discover their own appreciation for the linguistic foundation of Yoga.

www.sanskritrevolution.com (coming soon...)

Integrating Meditation into your Asana Class

Sandra Storwick, E-RYT 500 from Kirkland, WA

Valencia

With stress on the rise, more and more students are looking for meditation classes to bring their mind and body back into balance. Come and learn simple, powerful meditation techniques that help you focus the mind, harness your energy and connect with your highest intelligence – so you and your students can be the radiant people you are meant to be! The unique system of Purna Yoga™ meditation differs from other forms of meditation in that there is no need for an initial attempt to quiet the mind, which makes these techniques essential for people with busy minds and lives. These techniques provide practical and easy ways to build your own meditation practice and to increase the transformational power of your classes. This workshop will cover the five foundational “Meditation Snacks”, which can be woven into an asana class, or all together for a longer “meal” during a meditation class.

About Sandra

Sandra is a certified Purna Yoga™ teacher. She began her study of Yoga as an Iyengar Yoga student while she was living in Tamil Nadu, India, from 1980-1988, working as an art teacher at the Kodaikanal International School. In 1994, after completing two university degrees back home in Canada (International Development and Education), she relocated to Seattle and began studying asana with Aadil Palkhivala and Purna Yoga™ meditation with his wife Savitri at their Bellevue studio, Yoga Centers. Sandra is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and currently practices cranial sacral therapy. She has significant training in art and a special interest in nutrition and health. Sandra was instrumental in creating the anatomy program for the College of Purna Yoga™. She has been teaching asana and Purna Yoga™ workshops at Yoga centers and internationally since 1995.

www.goldlotusyoga.com

Are You Running Your Business, Or Is It Running You?

Scott Kleinfeld, E-RYT 200 (Bamboomoves Yoga) from Ridgefield, NJ and Andrew Tanner (Kripalu) from Stockbridge, MA

Sardinia

Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by all the details involved in your Yoga business? Are you working on your business or in your business? In this session, you will evaluate your management style and learn valuable management strategies to gain control of your business. You will also learn about marketing tools for maximizing all of your potential, affecting a much wider customer base, and increasing your profitability.

About Scott

Scott Kleinfeld is an owner of Bamboomoves Yoga and a partner of Bamboo Group LLC, a chain of Yoga studios in New York and New Jersey. He completed the Life of a Yogi training with Sri Dharma Mittra. Additionally, he offers management consulting to business owners and Yoga instructors. He is an independent Live Edit Consultant which is an approved Mindbody Partner. Scott’s experience and understanding of establishing a single Yoga studio and building it into a licensed brand, makes his knowledge invaluable to Yoga studio owners. Scott’s passion is to share his ideas and skills with others in order to assist them in achieving their goals. He hopes that everyone can find peace in their daily lives, harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. "The true teacher is within us all."

www.bamboomovesyoga.com

About Andrew

Andrew Tanner is Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda. A graduate of New York University with a degree in religious studies and psychology, he began serious study of Yoga in 2003, studying healing and meditation techniques with a Dahn Yoga master named Jae Lee (aka Dahn Woon or "Energy Cloud"). He has completed a 500-hour Dharma Yoga teacher trainings with Sri Dharma Mittra and Sri Andrei Ram. Andrew was studio manager at the Tao Yoga and Tai Chi Center in Union Square, New York City, where he taught Dahn Yoga and Tai-Chi Chuan. He has also owned and managed several Yoga studios, including two Bamboomoves Yoga Schools, which he founded. He is also the co-author, with Janis Bowersox, of the forthcoming e-book, "So You Want to Open a Yoga Studio: Strategies for Growing Your Classes, Community, and Bank Account."

www.kripalu.org
12:30PM - 2:00PM

Lunch

Crystal Ballroom

12:30PM - 2:00PM

Exhibitor Hall open

Crystal Ballroom

12:30PM - 2:00PM

RYS Showcase

Crystal Ballroom

Registered Yoga Schools (RYSs) will be showcasing their teacher training programs, materials and books during this lunch. If you have an active RYS and are interested in reserving a complimentary space, please review the information and application on our website.

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Speaker on Transformation Through Yoga

Transformation of Yoga throughout Life Stages

Dr. Larry Payne, E-RYT 500 from Los Angeles, CA

Emerald Ballroom

In India, Yoga is commonly taught differently for each of the three segments of life, according to Vedic tradition. Yoga for those in their early years of life differs greatly from Yoga for those in their middle and later years. In the US, our Yoga population is undergoing a transformation as more practitioners enter later life stages. This marks an important opportunity to serve a growing market segment of Yoga practitioners. It also requires us to better understand how to teach to different life stages. Krishnamacharya, who greatly influenced Yoga in America, taught differently throughout the stages of his life and his “contemporary teachings” were distinct from his early teachings. In his session, Larry will explore the transformation of the Yoga population in the US and teach a class that enables us to better serve yogis of mid-life and beyond.

About Larry

Larry Payne, PhD, is the founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and co-author of international bestseller Yoga for Dummies, Yoga Rx and The Business of Teaching Yoga. In 1979, he was an advertising executive plagued with chronic back pain and stress. His quest for relief led him to study Yoga and health in 11 countries and inspired his career change to become a leading Yoga teacher and therapist. Over the course of his 30-year career he was selected as a Yoga expert by The World Economic Forum, Web MD, Reader’s Digest, Rodale Press, Yoga Journal and named “one of America’s most respected Yoga teachers” by The Los Angeles Times. He is also co-founder of the Yoga curriculum at The UCLA School of Medicine and Founding Director of the Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga certification programs at Loyola Marymount University. Most recently he is featured in the DVD series Prime of Life Yoga™ and Yoga Therapy Rx.

www.samata.com
3:45PM - 5:45PM

Session Three

Satyananda Yoga Nidra®: Access your Potential

Beverly Roberts Singh (Swami Atmarupa), E-RYT 500 from Cleveland Heights, OH

Rhodes A B

Many know Yoga nidra as a relaxation practice, but its original design was to awaken our innermost potential through the release of subconscious patterns that hold us back. There are numerous variations on this popular technique first described by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in his book, Yoga Nidra, published in 1976. Learn the theory that is key to the systematic approach of Satyananda Yoga Nidra® from a teacher of the lineage. Leave with an understanding of why each stage of the practice leads the awareness more deeply through the levels of consciousness and develops the potential for transformation in life. A link to an audio download for a full eight stage Satyananda Yoga Nidra® practice will be given to participants to explore the method more fully.

About Swami Atmarupa

Swami Atmarupa Saraswati is the Founder and Director of the Atma Center, an award winning Satyananda Yoga ® center that opened in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1997. In 2004, she was one of 22 emissaries worldwide named to represent the Yoga teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga. She is also the Education Director of the Yoga Academy of North America, one of four academies worldwide offering in-depth Yogic Studies and Teacher Training courses in Satyananda Yoga®. Swami Atmarupa spent 25 years as a certified registered nurse anesthetist prior to pursuing her full-time career in Yoga.

www.atmacenter.com

Yoga during and after the Childbearing Year

Bonnie Berk, E-RYT 500 from Carlisle, PA

Valencia

This workshop will include discussions on the anatomical and physiological changes that occur during the childbearing year. Attendees will learn specific Yoga techniques to help alleviate common discomforts and support a positive childbearing experience, referencing the safety guidelines for exercise during and after pregnancy published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Along with discussions and techniques related to the childbearing year, attendees will also learn about special needs of the postpartum woman in recovery from the childbirth experience and ways to integrate the baby into a postpartum Yoga class.

About Bonnie

Bonnie Berk is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse with a passion for helping others through Yoga, energy work and mindfulness meditation. She is a pioneer in the field of maternity fitness and developed the Motherwell Mindful Pregnancy and Parenting Fitness Course which includes Motherwell Yoga. Bonnie co-developed the Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Course at Dickinson College and wrote the Motherwell Maternity Fitness Plan published by Human Kinetics, Inc. She is a speaker and consultant to a broad range of businesses and organizations on topics of Yoga, wellness and holistic health. Bonnie also offers the Bonnie Berk’s Yoga for Health course which is a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance for the 200-hour level.

www.bonnieberk.com

The Classroom Environment

Sherri Baptiste, E-RYT 500 from Kentfield, CA

Mountain View

Learn tips and skills from Sherri Baptiste on creating a successful Yoga class environment. Discover what students look for in a teacher, and how best to keep the studio, club or gym director that you work for happy. Sherri will explore the qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and some basic business aspects of teaching Yoga. Elements of communication including creating classroom atmosphere, teacher and student etiquette, language and voice awareness, the art of effective cueing and authenticity in teaching will be explored. Sherri will also delve into how to tailor classes, demonstrating and multitasking, adapting to and creating group energy, music and design for Yoga classes and cultivating confidence.

About Sherri

Sherri Baptiste was born into a long line of pioneers in the world of Yoga, dance, health and fitness. Her parents, Magana and Walt Baptiste were among the first people in the United States to open Yoga and fitness centers, retreat centers, health food stores, and natural foods restaurants. Sherri has been associated with Yoga since she took her first baby steps or assumed her first lotus position, whichever came first. Sherri followed in her parent’s footsteps, founding Baptiste Power of Yoga, a nationally recognized Yoga method. A top expert in her field of health, fitness and wellness, Sherri's way of teaching is accessible to everyone; offering depth, renewal, joy in the journey, dynamic results and inspiration. Author of Yoga with Weights for Dummies, Sherri is an inspirational teacher at the forefront of Yoga training in America and internationally. As the founder of Baptiste Power of Yoga, she leads Yoga with weights and Yoga teacher certification programs recognized by Yoga Alliance.

www.powerofyoga.com

The Meaning and Practice of AUM

Mark Moliterno, RYT-500 from Telford, PA

Emerald 1 2 3 4

The vibrational value of words carries tremendous power. This seminar will cover the history, symbolism, purpose and practices of the sacred word AUM. Participants will learn the value of incorporating AUM in their personal practice and well as in their Yoga class leadership. The use of AUM in asana and pranayama will also be explored. Group chanting will complete this uplifting and balancing session.

About Mark

Mark is a professional opera singer and voice pedagogue. His extensive singing career has taken him to many countries in various leading roles and as a concert soloist and recitalist. Mark is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, and is the founder of YogaVoice™, a comprehensive program that uses the Eight-fold path of Yoga, as well as voice techniques and chanting, to discover authentic creativity and self-expression in a person’s life and work. Mark has published articles in YogaLiving Magazine, The Journal of Singing, is co-author of The Musician’s Breath (with James Jordan), and is the featured instructor on The Musician’s Breath Yoga DVD. He is a member of the teaching staff at The YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA where he received his 500-hr Teacher Certification as well as his Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Certification.

www.theyogavoice.com

The Yoga Prescription: Bringing Heart-centered Consciousness to Health Care

Susi Amendola, E-RYT 500 from Omaha, NE

Toulon

This presentation will introduce Yoga teachers to clear and practical ways of helping people to become active participants in their own health. Susi seeks to inspire teachers to fully embody their role as health care providers no matter where they teach or practice. These insights are distilled from her 20 years of experience teaching Yoga in hospital settings while working in the highly regarded Dr. Dean Ornish Program.

About Susi

Susi brings over 30 years of experience to her teaching. She is the National Director of Stress Management for the prestigious Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease without Drugs or Surgery. She has worked with heart patients, Yoga teachers, and other health care providers in for the past 17 years. She founded Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center in 1983, where she currently teaches and directs programs. She also offers a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program through her center. Susi has developed Yoga-based Stress Management programs for schools, businesses and hospitals throughout the country and has traveled and lectured extensively in the US and India.

www.Doyoganow.com

Core Integration: A Total Abdominal Awakening

Trina Altman, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Manhattan Beach, CA

Emerald 5 6 7 8

Access the deepest part of your core and welcome its ecstatic potential. Core integration addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual depths of your core so you can unlock the power of your center and reconnect to the stories buried within. Learn a series of extraordinarily deep abdominal exercises that will strengthen you from the inside out helping to penetrate weak muscle fibers, awaken sluggish organs, stretch scar tissue, and cultivate vibrancy throughout your nervous system. Core integration significantly enhances your Yoga practice, noticeably sharpening the quality of your inversions and backbends. It is a safe and transformative practice for those dealing with specific core injuries and is a challenge for all levels - from newcomers to teachers.

About Trina

Trina is an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher, STOTT PILATES® certified instructor, and a graduate of YOGAspirit Studio's 500-Hour Yoga Therapy Program. She is on the faculty of Kripalu, one of the nation's premiere Yoga institutions and is a regular presenter at national Yoga and fitness conferences. Trina's teaching fosters body cognition and self-discovery, firmly grounded in anatomical awareness. She builds bridges between the mystical and the pragmatic, and specializes in helping others access their body’s tissues and their heart’s purpose.

www.solaryogaandpilates.com

What it Means to Run a Yoga Business

Gary Kissiah and Darren Main, E-RYT 500

Sardinia

As Yoga has grown into a big business, it has entered the mainstream media and regulation, taxation and injuries are being openly discussed. As a result, the legal and business risks to studio owners have dramatically increased. Gary will discuss some of the key legal issues now affecting the Yoga world and strategies to help studios build a thriving Yoga business without becoming ensnared in legal problems. These issues will include the key agreements among studio owners, teachers and students; strategies for protecting studios from liability and new developments in independent contractor laws

Darren will discuss the many ethical issues that Yoga studios face as they have grown into larger and more complex businesses. What types of ethical training should studios include in their Yoga teacher training programs? Should studios adopt ethical codes of conduct and, if so, what provisions or guidelines should the code of conduct contain? Should studios rely upon the guidance of the yamas and the niyamas, the Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct or draft their own Code of Conduct? Darren will also discuss confidentiality issues involving studios, teachers and students. Darren will draw upon his many years of experience teaching Yoga and managing teacher training programs to give valuable insights into the many sensitive and important ethical issues now facing Yoga studios.

Darren and Gary will leave ample time for a robust question and answer session to discuss any legal, business and ethical issues that you may have.

About Gary

Gary has practiced corporate and business law for over twenty years. He has been a partner in the corporate and technology practice group of Akin Gump which is a large international law firm, and Senior Attorney with Microsoft. Gary has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has studied Yoga at Esalen Institute, Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. Gary recently published his first book, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Illuminations through Image, Commentary and Design.

www.lilalabs.com

About Darren

Darren Main is a Yoga and meditation instructor and author. His books include Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road, Inner Tranquility, The Yogi Entrepreneur and Hearts and Minds: Talking to Christians about Homosexuality. He facilitates workshops and gives talks on Yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad and is the host of the internationally syndicated podcast Inquire Within. He currently resides in San Francisco, teaching and directing the teacher training program at Yoga Tree (RYS 200 & 500).

www.darrenmain.com
5:45PM - 9:00PM

Exhibitor Hall open

Crystal Ballroom

6:00PM - 7:15PM

Asana Practice

Gentle Asana & Meditation

Dharmashakti Deian McBryde, E-RYT 200 from Albuquerque, NM

Emerald 1 2 3 4

Greet the evening with a mix of sun and moon salutations followed by a seated meditation and guided Yoga Nidra. Together these practices create awareness of the mind and body, helping to uncover the potential for peace that dwells within. This special practice session focuses on renewal, tranquility and deep relaxation with smiles and laughter.

About Dharmashakti

Dharmashakti has completed trainings with the Integral Yoga Institute and Atma Yoga. He teaches with heart, intellect, humor and joy, along with genuine compassion for the struggle we all find in life. His Hatha classes focus on the benefits of each pose and the connection between asana and peaceful living.

www.Dharmashakti.com and www.NobHillYoga.com

Moderate Asana

Michael Plasha, E-RYT 500 & RPYT from Erie, PA

Emerald 5 6 7 8

 This moderate class will use the asanas as a context for exploring the practices of Raja and Jnana Yoga. The intention of these practices is to reduce attachment to the ego and become free of habitual thinking, feeling and acting that do not serve us well anymore. The sequence is based on Integral Yoga and will include chanting, holding postures, moderate Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, pranayama and meditation.

About Michael

Michael began teaching in 1982 and completed over 700 hours of training from Integral Yoga. He has training in Iyengar, Kripalu, Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Christian contemplative practices, Zen and Vipassana meditation. His Hatha teachings are informed by the psychological and spiritual practices of Raja, Jnana, Karma and Bhakti Yogas, along with Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism philosophies. He has taught over 9,000 classes at his studio in Erie, PA.

www.plashayoga.com
8:30PM - 10:00PM

Yoga Movie Night

Valencia

The premiere screening of

“The First Tribute to Professor Sri T. Krishnamacharya in America”

A treasure for all of the Yoga teachers and students from all styles and lineages of Yoga. The great Krishanmacharya has been credited in Wikipedia for being most responsible for the modern Yoga movement in America today. Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s students include BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, and his son TKV Desikachar. This one-hour and twenty-minute video has live footage of the late Mataji Indra Devi, who started the first Yoga studio on the West Coast and taught Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson and many other Hollywood celebrities. Also featured is TKV Desikchar, son of Krishnamacharya, in a very classic Q&A about his father, along with fifty slides of Krishnamacharya doing fifty Yoga postures at age 84.

Los Angeles, California, 1987. Produced and directed by Larry Payne, Ph.D.


Saturday, October 27

6:00AM - 7:15AM

Asana Practice

Gentle Asana

Baxter Bell, RYT 500 from Oakland, CA

Emerald 1 2 3 4

Baxter teaches a healing, nurturing style of Hatha yoga, balancing our desire for action with our need to quiet the mind, emphasizing the qualities of curiosity and meditation in the practice. His students say they appreciate his clarity of instruction and playful sense of humor.

About Baxter

Baxter is Director of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Deep Yoga Training Program and conducts teaching training and therapeutic programs across the country. His teaching is influenced by Donald Moyer, TKV Desikachar, Patricia Walden, Erich Schiffmann, and by his medical background in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Baxter teaches workshops and retreats nationally and internationally on topics such as anatomy, therapeutics and healthy aging. He is also featured in Yoga Journal’s DVD Yoga for Stress, has been a contributing writer for Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and blogs regularly on Yoga Journal’s Doctor’s Orders blog and the independent Yoga for Healthy Aging blog.

bellyoga.info/Home.html and yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com

Moderate Asana

Kenneth Toy, E-RYT 500 from Hampton, NH

Emerald 5 6 7 8

Internal support is the major theme of this Kriya Yoga asana class, which will start and end on your feet.  Beginning with a detailed breathing visualization exercise, this class will move into standing postures, then grounding postures and a final sequence.

About Kenneth

Kenneth Toy (Swami Jayananda) is the founder of Institute for Personal Development, Inc. He is an independent scholar who earned the title of Swami in the Kriya Yoga lineage and is also a Certified Professional Astrologer. He has been living, practicing and teaching the mystical sciences for over 36 years. He worked for 20 years in the building trades while learning the mystical sciences. For him, Kriya Yoga is a Spiritual Science made up of practices that have intention with real and tangible guidelines. 

www.ipdtransform.com
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Crystal Ballroom

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Exhibitor Hall open

Crystal Ballroom

8:00AM - 10:00AM

Session Four

The Guru is You: Owning your Power and Living your Truth

Bhava Ram, E-RYT 500 from Coronado, CA

Valencia

Learn techniques for bringing the deepest teachings of Yoga into your daily life for healing, balance, vibrancy and manifesting your fullest potential. This session will delve deeply into Ashtanga, the eight limbs of Yoga, as articulated in Bhava Ram’s book on the eight limbs as a pathway to liberation. Learn how the eight limbs applies to your daily life in accessible, practical, westernized wisdom for living Yoga off the mat. We will also explore the psychological system of Vedic Wisdom as embodied in Vidya (Wisdom) and the Kleshas (the reasons why we suffer). We will see how the science of Ayurveda directly ties into the eight limbs and other aspects of the Yoga Sutras. The skills you will learn will assist you in your own personal growth, your teachings and workshops and in working with private clients.

About Bhava

Founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, Bhava Ram is a former NBC News Foreign Correspondent who self-healed from a broken back, failed surgery and diagnosis of terminal cancer through Yoga and Ayurveda. He is now a teacher, author of books on Yoga and Ayurveda, spiritual musician and Vedic healer who teaches in the U.S. and India. Ram trains Yoga Teachers, Vedic Therapists and Ayurvedic Practitioners, leads daily Deep Yoga classes, workshops, seminars, concerts and retreats.

www.deepyoga.com

Understanding Transformations of Consciousness: Conceptions of Identity in Classical Yoga Philosophy

Hari-kirtana das, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Washington, DC

Sardinia

The seminal texts of Yoga philosophy describe the process by which we come to identify with different states of consciousness. Svadhyaya – study of the self through the eyes of Yoga scripture – helps us to develop ‘yogic vision’ by which we can see how our different conceptions of identity arise. This workshop is intended to provide participants with a foundation for understanding the psychology of Yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We’ll talk about the differences between contemporary clinical and classical yogic approaches to the study of the mind, examine how our environment affects our consciousness, and discuss the relationship of Yoga psychology to the concepts of karma and samsara – the law of action and reaction within the cycle of repeated birth and death. Participants will gain valuable insights into how to overcome obstacles to the experience of Yoga. 

About Hari

Growing up as a child of the 60’s counter-culture, Hari-kirtana das has been spontaneously attracted to Yoga and yogic mysticism for as long as he can remember. From 1977 to 1982 he lived in various ashrams and spiritual communities as a full-time student of Yoga philosophy and practice. Hari-kirtana expanded his Yoga practice at the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City in 2007 and became a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in 2009. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), holds an 800-hour Jivamukti Yoga teaching certification, speaks regularly at colleges and universities on the relationship of classical Yoga philosophy to contemporary life, and teaches classes, workshops, and Yoga teacher training modules at Yoga studios in Washington, DC and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

www.hari-kirtana.com

Helpful Hands: The Art of Assisting Standing Poses, Back Bends & Inversions

Jill Abelson, E-RYT 500 from San Francisco, CA

Mountain View

Ideal for both new and experienced teachers, this hands-on workshop focuses on techniques and principles of Yoga assists, emphasizing a variety of standing poses, back bends and inversions. The workshop’s goal is to give attendees the confidence and knowledge to assist safely and effectively. Attendees will learn common misalignments for each pose, as well as how to assist for optimal alignment, mechanics and energy flow, and gain practical experience working with different assists and body types. A continuation of material presented at the 2011 conference and also great for first-time participants.

About Jill

In her 13 years of teaching on both coasts, teacher and author Jill Janaki Abelson (E-RYT 500) has unique and unparalleled expertise in the art of Yoga assists, training with Master teachers from Kripalu, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga. Her popular Art of Assists Workshop brings together insights and techniques drawn from several styles of Yoga, giving participants a newfound appreciation for hands-on assisting, with the joy and confidence to do it right. She is the author of Extra Love: The Art of Yoga Assists – a definitive manual for teachers, teaching assistants and advanced students. Jill is based in San Francisco and Washington, DC.

www.yogaofliberation.com

Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies: Methods & Myths

Tiina Veer, E-RYT 500 from Toronto, Ontario

Emerald 5 6 7 8

Learn about the special considerations for teaching the unique, growing and under-served population of round students. This mixed lecture and practice session will take a look at common obstacles to practice for a person with a round body including anatomical/physical considerations and contraindications, Ayurvedic constitutional considerations and debunking myths about obesity. Tiina will also discuss modifications and the use of props, language and sensitivity and the power of Restorative Yoga and Guided Relaxation for beginners. Expand your ability to meet your students exactly where they are now.

About Tiina

Tiina is the founder of Yoga for Round Bodies™ and Halcyon Health Wellness Centre in Toronto. Inspired by her own experience living and practicing in a round body, and informed by 15 years as an Ontario-Registered Massage Therapist, she shares Yoga with students and teachers in a way that is accessible, sensitive and safe for all practitioners. With a no-nonsense, non-dogmatic approach to teaching, Tiina integrates the ancient wisdom of Yoga with modern anatomy knowledge and clinical experience, in a context relevant to everyday life.

www.tiinaveer.com

Hiring, Managing and Motivating Your Teachers

Joan Dwyer (All That Matters) from Wakefield, RI
and Scott Kleinfeld, E-RYT 200 (Bamboomoves Yoga) from Ridgefield, NJ

Toulon

Your teachers are the most essential element of your business; you will sink or swim based on their skills and talents. During this session, we will explore the process of establishing an effective group of teachers, from the initial meetings or interviews, through hiring and contract negotiations, performance evaluations and beyond. Joan Dwyer and Scott Kleinfeld will lead this session, and will look to the audience for additional ideas and suggestions.

About Joan

Joan Dwyer is the co-creator and owner of All That Matters, New England’s largest non-residential Yoga and holistic education center started in 1995. Joan has crossed the country lecturing on holistic health. Her enthusiasm for the subject is positively contagious. She draws on her decades of holistic education and business experience as strategic consultant, empowering new Yoga studios and other clients to succeed. In addition, she shares her expertise on television, in magazine articles, and in workshops on “The Business of Yoga” in Kripalu’s Yoga Teacher Trainings and others. She is excited about helping make the world a healthier place, one person, business and community at a time. Joan believes that inner peace leads to world peace – and that is all that really matters.

www.allthatmatters.com

About Scott

Scott Kleinfeld is an owner of Bamboomoves Yoga and a partner of Bamboo Group LLC, a chain of Yoga studios in New York and New Jersey. He completed the Life of a Yogi training with Sri Dharma Mittra. Additionally, he offers management consulting to business owners and Yoga instructors. He is an independent Live Edit Consultant which is an approved Mindbody Partner. Scott’s experience and understanding of establishing a single Yoga studio and building it into a licensed brand, makes his knowledge invaluable to Yoga studio owners. Scott’s passion is to share his ideas and skills with others in order to assist them in achieving their goals. He hopes that everyone can find peace in their daily lives, harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. "The true teacher is within us all."

www.bamboomovesyoga.com

Holistic Marketing: Transform your Headcount, Income and Beliefs about your Yoga Business

Kirsten Elfendahl, RYT 200 from Shoreline, WA

Rhodes A B

The first principle for a successful Yoga business: keep it simple, simple, simple. This class follows this advice to the letter, by helping you understand the two sides to growing your business: the inner work and the outer activities. This class, for Yoga teachers and studio owners, will first help you see how your thoughts and feelings about business and money may be blocking your success. Second, the class will show you how to eliminate the blocks. You will learn principles for a successful Yoga business, specific things to attract and retain students and magical multipliers to all your marketing activities. This class is organized so you can easily implement what is taught, without having to hire a web guru or graphics design firm. You will leave the class with steps to take for both you and your business to blossom.

About Kirsten

As a manager for a successful Yoga studio, Kirsten knows firsthand what works and what doesn’t work to grow a small business. Her 11+ years of experience as the studio’s marketing director and teacher training coordinator bring a unique union of insights into what makes a successful Yoga teacher. For the past six years she has taught business and marketing to Yoga teachers, teaching how to balance inspiration with implementation, and balance inner awareness with outward activities.

www.purnayogateachertraining.com
10:30AM - 12:30PM

Session Five

Expecting the Unexpected in Class

Baxter Bell, RYT 500 from Oakland, CA

Mountain View

What do you do when a student walks into the classroom with a surprising injury, condition, or illness, and she or he really wants to take your class? In this session, Baxter will examine some of the typical curve balls that may be thrown and provide practical solutions for helping all students participate safely in your class. Topics covered will include modifying for injuries; adapting for pregnancy; offering alternatives to people with balance issues, weakness, limiting chronic health conditions; along with any unexpected conditions you would like to toss at Baxter. Teachers will leave with greater confidence and more tools to create an inclusive class experience for all students.

About Baxter

Baxter is Director of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Deep Yoga Training Program and conducts teaching training and therapeutic programs across the country. His teaching is influenced by Donald Moyer, TKV Desikachar, Patricia Walden, Erich Schiffmann, and by his medical background in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Baxter teaches workshops and retreats nationally and internationally on topics such as anatomy, therapeutics and healthy aging. He is also featured in Yoga Journal’s DVD Yoga for Stress, has been a contributing writer for Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and blogs regularly on Yoga Journal’s Doctor’s Orders blog and the independent Yoga for Healthy Aging blog.

bellyoga.info/Home.html and yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com

Yogi Superheroes: Inspiring Students with Myth

Bridget Lyons, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Victor, ID

Valencia

We all need inspiration to be our most radiant selves and excel at our work in the world. The rich tradition of Hindu Mythology offers us an incredible variety of vibrant, powerful, self-aware characters to invoke when seeking to inspire our students. This session will introduce you to several “Yogi Superheroes” and give you practical techniques for effectively incorporating their stories and characteristics into your asana classes. You will leave with an appreciation for the diversity of characters available for you to draw upon and the tools necessary to weave mythological material into your teaching.

About Bridget

Bridget is a Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor and co-owner of YogaTejas in Driggs, Idaho. She was never quite sure how her athletic career, Harvard anthropology degree and penchant for world travel made sense together until she started teaching Yoga through the lenses of mythology and storytelling. Now she travels sharing her passion for self-discovery through Yogi Superheroes. She blogs about this process at bridgetlyonsyoga.wordpress.com and produces online courses as well as free videos to help you with your home practice on her website.

www.bridgetlyonsyoga.com

The Art of Adjusting Surya Namaskara

Erika Burkhalter, E-RYT 500 from Santa Ana, CA

Emerald 1 2 3 4

To be able to “see” the energy lines of a pose is an art. To be able to assist others in finding those energy lines in their own bodies through hands-on adjustments is the foundation of sculpting an asana practice in your students. During this session, we will be looking at a variety of body types and addressing both general one-size-fits-all adjustments as well as adjustments geared towards specific needs. The focus will be on the components of the Surya Namaskaras: the asanas, the transitions and jumping forward and back.

About Erika

Erika Burkhalter teaches Vinyasa flow inspired by breath, bhakti and alignment. Deeply involved in all aspects of Yoga, she weaves philosophy, pranayama, chanting and stories of ancient India into her classes. Erika teaches at YogaWorks in Costa Mesa, is on the faculty as a mentor and teacher for the YogaWorks 500-hour teacher training program, has taught at national festivals such as Wanderlust and Bhakti Fest, and has led workshops and Yoga Trek Adventure Retreats worldwide. Fulfilling her passion for writing and inspired by her many trips to India, she is currently writing a collection of Indian folktales.

www.ErikaBurkhalter.com

Yoga Psychology: Mental Health & Flourishing

Michael de Manincor, E-RYT 500 from Sydney, Australia

Toulon

Modern Yoga is popularly associated with physical postures and relaxation techniques, and is well known for a range of physical and mental health benefits. The classical teachings of Yoga, and the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, are essentially about the transformation of the workings of the mind. This presentation will include an interactive discussion on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as a complete model of the mind, mental health and behavioral change. Comparisons are drawn with models of modern western psychology, including Positive Psychology, with a brief overview of current research. The session will offer participants an opportunity to explore Yoga as a complete model of psychology and mental health, with knowledge and skills that enables us to flourish in our lives.

About Michael

Michael is one of the most highly respected Yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He established the Yoga Institute in 2000, a center dedicated to Yoga teacher training in the authentic tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. Michael is also co-founder of The Yoga Foundation, a not-for‐profit organization providing Yoga for disadvantaged people, and current President of Yoga Australia. Michael is passionate about supporting the highest professional standards for Yoga teachers. He has conducted research and written many articles on various facets of Yoga for respected publications. Michael holds degrees in Education and Psychology, is a registered Counseling Psychologist, and currently doing PhD research in Yoga for Mental Health and Positive Psychology.

www.yogainstitute.com.au

Chair Yoga: For Seniors, Desk Workers and More

Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT 200 from Vista, CA

Rhodes A B

For stressed out desk workers, people healing from health setbacks, people in wheelchairs, senior citizens, plus sizes and everyone else who can’t or doesn’t want to move up and down from the floor – chair Yoga offers a full and fun Yoga practice that is accessible to all. Learn how to build a class to meet the needs of a wide variety of students using the basic principles of gentle and chair Yoga. Contraindications, modifications and lively sequences will be discussed and presented to empower you to deliver an effective, stimulating and fresh chair Yoga class every time to everyone!

About Sherry

Sherry Zak Morris is owner of the Yoga Vista Studio in Vista, California and studied under the tutelage of octogenarian Yoga teacher, Mary Cavanaugh, who studied with octogenarian Indra Devi. Sherry came to Yoga after years of computer-related work stress. As a corporate marketing road warrior for 25 years, Sherry experienced first-hand the ravages of stress and found relief through gentle Yoga. In 2004 she founded Yoga Journey Productions, a video production company that specializes in gentle, senior and chair Yoga videos, to reach more people with the life-changing power of Yoga, health and wellness.

www.Gentle-SeniorYoga.com

At Play with The Radiance Sutras

Lorin Roche, E-RYT 500 from Marina Del Ray, CA

Sardinia

In this workshop, we will explore the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a classic Yoga text describing 112 ways of touching the sacred right here, right now, in the midst of daily life. The text is a love song between Shakti and Shiva. The Radiance Sutras is a musical, sensuous and accessible version of this tantra by Dr. Roche, who has been living and breathing these methods for 44 years.

About Lorin

Lorin Roche is the author of The Radiance Sutras, Meditation Made Easy (Harper 1998), and Meditation Secrets for Women (Harper 2001) (written with his Shakti and wife Camille Maurine). He has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine in Social Science, where he studied the language yogis and meditators develop to describe their inner experiences. Lorin taught his first Yoga meditation class at the University of California in 1969.

www.lorinroche.com

Get Your Business Questions Answered: Ask the Experts

Andrew Tanner, Scott Kleinfeld and Joan Dwyer

San Remo

Take advantage of this great opportunity to confer with leaders in the businesses of Yoga. In this informative panel discussion, Yoga studio owners Andrew Tanner, Scott Kleinfeld and Joan Dwyer share highlights from their earlier talks at the conference, followed by Q&A and discussion. Come prepared with questions!

About Joan

Joan Dwyer is the co-creator and owner of All That Matters, New England’s largest non-residential Yoga and holistic education center started in 1995. Joan has crossed the country lecturing on holistic health. Her enthusiasm for the subject is positively contagious. She draws on her decades of holistic education and business experience as strategic consultant, empowering new Yoga studios and other clients to succeed. In addition, she shares her expertise on television, in magazine articles, and in workshops on “The Business of Yoga” in Kripalu’s Yoga Teacher Trainings and others. She is excited about helping make the world a healthier place, one person, business and community at a time. Joan believes that inner peace leads to world peace – and that is all that really matters.

www.allthatmatters.com

About Scott

Scott Kleinfeld is an owner of Bamboomoves Yoga and a partner of Bamboo Group LLC, a chain of Yoga studios in New York and New Jersey. He completed the Life of a Yogi training with Sri Dharma Mittra. Additionally, he offers management consulting to business owners and Yoga instructors. He is an independent Live Edit Consultant which is an approved Mindbody Partner. Scott’s experience and understanding of establishing a single Yoga studio and building it into a licensed brand, makes his knowledge invaluable to Yoga studio owners. Scott’s passion is to share his ideas and skills with others in order to assist them in achieving their goals. He hopes that everyone can find peace in their daily lives, harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. "The true teacher is within us all."

www.bamboomovesyoga.com

About Andrew

Andrew Tanner is Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda. A graduate of New York University with a degree in religious studies and psychology, he began serious study of Yoga in 2003, studying healing and meditation techniques with a Dahn Yoga master named Jae Lee (aka Dahn Woon or "Energy Cloud"). He has completed a 500-hour Dharma Yoga teacher trainings with Sri Dharma Mittra and Sri Andrei Ram. Andrew was studio manager at the Tao Yoga and Tai Chi Center in Union Square, New York City, where he taught Dahn Yoga and Tai-Chi Chuan. He has also owned and managed several Yoga studios, including two Bamboomoves Yoga Schools, which he founded. He is also the co-author, with Janis Bowersox, of the forthcoming e-book, "So You Want to Open a Yoga Studio: Strategies for Growing Your Classes, Community, and Bank Account."

www.kripalu.org
12:30PM - 2:00PM

Lunch

Crystal Ballroom

12:30PM - 2:00PM

Exhibitor Hall open

Crystal Ballroom

12:30PM - 2:00PM

Presenter Showcase

Crystal Ballroom

Leadership Conference presenters will be showcasing their upcoming trainings or workshops, materials and books during this lunch. Enjoy the opportunity to meet and mingle outside of the sessions.

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Speaker on Transformation Through Yoga

Transforming the Issues that Live in our Tissues

Nikki Myers, E-RYT 500 from Indianapolis, IN

Emerald Ballroom

As Yoga teachers and practitioners, we are all aware of the physiological and psychological benefits of Yoga. Psychological issues can manifest physiologically. In turn, practices like Yoga can re-regulate the nervous system. Nikki Myers will explore this linkage and discuss how Yoga aids in recovery, using addictions as examples of “issues in our tissues.” In her session, Nikki will speak about her personal transformations through Yoga and lead us in an experiential exercise.

About Nikki

Nikki Myers is an accomplished teacher and practitioner on the path of Yoga. A unique focus of her path has been the integration of Yoga in healing. Nikki came to Yoga in the midst of her own health crisis but quickly realized Yoga firmly grounded her in a sacred space that allowed healing to happen far beyond the physical. Nikki’s study led her to The American Viniyoga Institute, where she received certification as a Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga therapist. She has completed her second year of study in Somatic Experiencing, the distinguished trauma healing methodology. She regularly assists and co-teaches with international Yoga teacher Seane Corn at workshops and conferences across the US. Born out of her personal struggles with addiction, Nikki is co-founder of the acclaimed Yoga of 12-Step Recovery program, featured in The New York Times and Yoga Journal.

www.cityoga.biz
4:00PM - 5:30PM

Membership Meeting

Crystal Ballroom

Richard Karpel and Brandon Hartsell

Join Yoga Alliance president, Richard Karpel, and board chair, Brandon Hartsell, for our membership meeting. Richard will speak about the direction of the organization and forthcoming initiatives to support yoga teachers, schools and studios. We invite you to join us, ask questions and share your constructive ideas for better serving our Yoga community.

About Richard

Richard Karpel is president and CEO of Yoga Alliance, the charitable organization that provides yoga-training credentials, and YA+, a nonprofit association representing yoga schools and teachers. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance in July 2012, he was executive director of the American Society of News Editors, which represents daily newspaper editors and other news leaders. Karpel also was the executive director of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and executive vice president of the Video Software Dealers Association. He received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

About Brandon

Brandon is the founder and CEO of Sunstone Yoga; he sits on the board of Sunstone Franchising and is the Trustee of Sunstone Yoga Academy. He has been teaching Yoga for over 10 years and has non-profit experience serving on the board of Open Source Yoga Unity. He has a passion for all things Yoga and has been practicing meditation for over 14 years.

www.sunstoneyoga.com
5:30PM - 9:00PM

Exhibitor Hall open (last chance!)

Crystal Ballroom

6:00PM - 7:15PM

Asana Practice

Moderate Asana

Amber Huttner

Emerald 1 2 3 4

Pranayama

ALV Kumar, E-RYT 500 from Hyderabad, India

Emerald 5 6 7 8

Kumar will lead a practice session rooted in the science of pranayama. He will explore the five kinds of air elements and their role in the functioning of cells in body systems and the therapeutic use of pranayama to tackle many common health problems such as sinus allergies, obesity, infertility, diabetes, blood pressure and hypertension. Practice will include introduction to many techniques not commonly practiced in the West, including seven kinds of vibhaga mudra pranayama (sectional breathing techniques), seven kinds of bastrika (bellows breathing), nine kinds of kapalabhathi (cellular breathing), agnisar, uddhiyan and nauli, mahabhandan in addition to Kriya practices (stress-releasing technique).

About Kumar

ALV Kumar, the founder of The Yoga Healing Foundation, is widely recognized as an inspirational leader and accomplished Yoga master. Since the age of 12, Kumar began his studies with India’s most acclaimed teachers, attending 38 schools and ashrams. His extensive training and mastery of Hatha and Raja Yoga make him aptly qualified to teach all aspects of external and internal Yoga and he has taught more than 10,000 people in the UK, US and India. Kumar was recently honored with the Bharat Jyoti Award and the Glory of India Award for his meritorious public service in the field of Yoga.

traditionalyogafoundation.org
8:30PM - 11:00PM

Kirtan with The Mayapuris

Emerald Ballroom

The Rhythm of the Heart

The Mayapuris

Devotional artists in ancient times considered music and dance to be divinely intertwined, offered with love in the sanctified space of the temple. In this performance and workshop we'll learn about this relationship and how to create this sacred space with our own bodies and voices. Learn about the elements of kirtan:  raaga (melody), taala (rhythm) and body movement (dance).  Together we'll stamp, stretch, chant, sing, twist, call out, hit, pluck and spin in our journey towards accessing the sacred Shakti within! In this way we will give expression to our heart through our voices, bodies, and instruments. The workshop features traditional drumming, kirtan, storytelling, and beautiful Indian temple dance.

About The Mayapuris

Five hundred years ago, a tradition of sacred music broke out of the strict confines of Indian temples and danced onto the streets of the revered city of Mayapur. Today, The Mayapuris, an electrifying band of drummers and dancers, continue that revolution by invigorating mantras and songs of old with their own global experiences. They seamlessly weave dance, song, spoken word and irresistible rhythm into their concerts and presentations creating a fantastic impression on audiences. Their sound is an ecstasy booster, a transcendental party, a musical bridge between everyday life and something greater. Their debut album, Mridanga reached the top of iTunes World Music Chart with its earth-shaking rhythms and enchanting musical flavor. Yoga Journal debuted their music video.

www.mayapuris.com

Sunday, October 28

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Speaker on Transformation Through Yoga

Transformation through Asana

Cora Wen, E-RYT 500 from San Jose, CA

Emerald Ballroom

Yoga is a process of transcending both physical and mental limitations. It helps us release old habits and negative patterns in order to transform. We witness these transformations – large and small – every day. In our asana practice, we breathe, we move consciously, we listen to our bodies, and we seek to be more at ease. The concentration, intent and unity betwee

About Cora

Cora Wen, founder of the Registered Yoga School (RYS) Yoga Bloom, is an international specialist in Yoga therapy. She teaches throughout Asia, Canada and the US. Cora is a favorite of students of all levels due to the extraordinary energy and life experiences she brings to her classes. She left careers in fashion and corporate banking to follow her love and passion for Yoga, and her expertise has arisen from over two decades of practice, teaching and apprenticing with influential teachers. Her style infuses humor, anatomy and energetic awareness. She helps students explore asana by opening to the beauty of imperfection and cultivating acceptance of body, mind and spirit.

www.corawen.com

n the physical body and the subtle body support this transformation through asana. In our closing session, Cora will lead us through a transformative asana practice to awaken and inspire our Yoga journey.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Brunch

Crystal Ballroom