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Kripalu’s 23rd Annual Yoga Teachers Conference

The Power of Yoga Therapy

Conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 15

Morning workshops
9:00–11:30 am [choose one]

Adapting Restorative Yoga for Chronic Illness [WED-AM-01]
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen
Restorative yoga can be a powerful tool for addressing chronic illnesses and conditions. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on practice, you learn

  • The key neurological and physiological benefits of restorative practice
  • How to assess client needs and offer modifications, using a few key poses
  • Ways to deepen the experience using the subtle-energy approaches of sound, mantra, and mudra.

Mindful Yoga Therapy for Military Veterans [WED-AM-02]
Suzanne Manafort and Sheila Magalhaes
Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT) is an empirically informed, clinically tested program designed to support military veterans coping with post-traumatic stress and trauma. Comprised of five practices that are a powerful complement to conventional treatment, MYT can provide relief from symptoms and help veterans develop the tools to build resilience. Clinical trials demonstrate that even the best yoga teachers need a specific set of skills to work in trauma recovery programs; start that process by learning and experiencing the guiding principles of MYT.

Ashaya Yoga Therapeutics for the Psoas, Hips, and Lower Back [WED-AM-03]
Todd Norian
Low-back pain is one of the leading causes of job loss, disability, pain, and suffering—and 90 percent of all back pain will heal through natural therapeutic means. The precise biomechanical alignment techniques of Ashaya Yoga can help heal the hips and lower back. In this workshop, we look at pain caused by various dysfunctions and misalignment, including bulging discs, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, flat back, sway back, SI joint dysfunction, tight psoas muscles, and tight or weak back, abdominal, and hip muscles. You take away the tools, practices, and knowledge to transform pain and limitation into ease and well-being.

Whole Child Yoga Therapeutics: Wake Up, Relax, and Focus [WED-AM-04]
Beth Gibbs
Explore the application of “anywhere, anytime” therapeutic yoga principles for children. Beth Gibbs is executive director of Camp Courant, a summer day camp for inner-city children that has successfully implemented a yoga program to improve concentration and conflict management. Using specific examples and illustrations, she offers therapeutic techniques and child-development principles helpful for working with children in any setting—school, home, recreational and after-school programs, etc.

Afternoon workshops
1:30–4:00 pm [choose one]

Yoga for Mood Regulation [WED-PM-01]
Amy Weintraub
Learn new tools to bring balance to the emotional and physical body. The author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists introduces you to evidence-based pranayama, posture, mudra, mantra, and bhavana practices for meeting and managing mood. Explore

  • The use of audible toning as a technique to teach students/clients to self-soothe and self-regulate
  • Simple hand gestures that activate the parasympathetic nervous system and calm anxiety
  • Energizing breathing practices that increase heart rate variability (which is reduced by stress) and elevate mood.

Envisioning the Shoulder: Yoga meets Franklin Method Imagery [WED-PM-02]
Christa Rypins
Shoulders are too often a place of discomfort and weakness. But when you’re able to visualize how they work, they become a source of ease and strength. Using imagery, touch, and movement, learn to

  • Instantly become stronger in weight-bearing poses, as you discover exactly where the shoulders attach to the torso
  • Dramatically reduce shoulder tension and improve movement quality as you develop a mental picture of how the bones of the shoulders move in relationship to each other
  • Help your students release tension and improve posture with five easy mini-ball exercises
  • Feel how the shoulders connect to the core.

Chair Yoga for the Rest of Us [WED-PM-03]
Lakshmi Voelker
Chair yoga brings all the benefits of yoga to the large audience that’s unable, for whatever reason, to practice on the mat. You have the opportunity to serve a growing number of sedentary populations, including aging baby boomers (28 percent of the US population); the elderly; wounded warriors and other disabled people; children who no longer have gym classes in school; office workers with limited mobility; and an ever-growing number of overweight individuals. These populations, who can usually practice only with a chair, arguably need yoga more than your average practitioner. But make no mistake—chair yoga is not for sissies! Chair yoga teachers-in-training discover muscles they never knew they had, while learning how to share yoga with the students who need it most.

The Transformative Power of Kripalu Yoga for Teens [WED-PM-04]
Janna Delgado and Iona M. Smith
In today’s fast-paced world, teens struggle with increasing levels of stress. Kripalu Yoga offers the tools to transform the way teens cope with the challenges of daily life. Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS), an evidence-based yoga curriculum designed and tested specifically for adolescents, is making a profound difference in individuals, schools, communities, and society at large. Join the KYIS cocreators to

  • Gain a basic understanding of the teenage brain
  • Learn tips for teaching yoga to teens
  • Experience excerpts from the KYIS curriculum
  • Explore current research on yoga and adolescents
  • Find out more about the KYIS Teacher Training and how you can become part of the yoga-in-the-schools movement.

Thursday, October 16

Morning workshops
9:00–11:30 am [choose one]

Evaluating Musculoskeletal Imbalances [THU-AM-01]
Priti Robyn Ross
Injury, aging, and repetitive activities are among the causes of skeletal misalignment, which triggers compensatory symptoms and dysfunctional movement throughout the body. In this workshop, we

  • Examine the musculoskeletal alignment of Mountain posture
  • Work in partners to evaluate each other and learn how to read, adapt, and assess common misalignments
  • Develop practical insights and learn effective techniques to reduce your students’ skeletal stress and discomfort.

Ayurvedic Pranayama for the Doshas [THU-AM-02]
Larissa Hall Carlson
Pranayama, as seen through the lens of its sister science, Ayurveda, can become one of your most potent tools for skillfully and effectively returning health to body, mind, and spirit. Discover how Ayurveda therapeutically utilizes Kripalu Yoga pranayama techniques to soothe common imbalances of vata, pitta, and kapha doshas (such as restlessness, acid indigestion, and weight gain). Learn to fine-tune your technique to get the most healing power out of your pranayama practice and teaching.

Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life [THU-AM-03]
Raven Sadhaka Seltzer
The spine protects and supports the body, mind, and spirit—it is literally our center of movement, breath, feeling, and thinking. If the vertebrae, the discs, or the soft tissue surrounding them are compromised or injured, integrative therapies can play a key role in helping relieve pain. Join integrative yoga therapist Raven Sadhaka Seltzer to learn how to integrate the wisdom of yoga, pranayama, Ayurveda, the chakras, and the koshas to relieve low-back and neck pain, bringing the spine back into balance.

Understanding the Hip: A Therapeutic Look [THU-AM-04]
Marlysa Sullivan
Learn how proper engagement and alignment in asana can help prevent and heal injury. In this workshop, we

  • Explore common musculoskeletal imbalances of the hip that lead to pain and disorders, and their connection to the rest of the body
  • Experience what it means to properly position yourself in asana to create the most optimal healing experience
  • Examine the model of yoga therapy and its unique role in the healing experience.

Afternoon workshops
1:30–4:00 pm [choose one]

An Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga [THU-PM-01]
Jenn Turner
Whether you teach in a gym, studio, or community center, it’s likely that there are survivors of trauma among your students. Learn how to better serve this population with the tools of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, an empirically researched approach for reducing symptoms of complex trauma. Jenn Turner, coordinator of the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, offers an understanding of how trauma changes the body, and shares tools for using the fundamental constructs of choice and interoception to create safety for trauma survivors in your classes.

Tantra Hatha Yoga and Healing [THU-PM-02]
Yoganand Michael Carroll
Tantra Hatha Yoga offers a unique approach to understanding the causes of pain and suffering, as well as a path and practices that lead to health and transformation. Join the Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga to

  • Explore the concept of prana and how this force creates our physical, mental, and emotional vitality—or can be the creator of our suffering and pain
  • Look at what prana meant to the ancient yogis and what it means for us today
  • Experience practices such as asana, pranayama, meditation, and mudra that can enhance our ability to cultivate prana for optimal health and well-being.

Yoga for Eating Disorders [THU-PM-03]
Laura Biron
Some 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from a clinical eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or binge eating. As yoga teachers, we will likely encounter students or clients struggling with or in recovery from such a disorder. This workshop looks at treatment and recovery through the lens of yoga, as we

  • Explore our own relationship with food, including thoughts and behaviors that may be associated with eating disorders
  • Review the types and symptoms of eating disorders
  • Look at how to support those who share their struggles with you
  • Examine current research on the use of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders
  • Learn how to apply yoga tools, including a yogic approach to diet, in the treatment of eating disorders.

Nurturing the Sacred Time of Pregnancy [THU-PM-04]
Amy Wright Glenn
Pregnancy is a transitional time in a woman’s life. Not only is a child born at delivery, a mother is also born. Whether you teach prenatal yoga or classes open to pregnant women, you can benefit from a deeper understanding of how to safely support pregnant students. Join KYTA member, birth doula, and prenatal yoga teacher Amy Wright Glenn for an inspiring, hands-on, and informative workshop that will help you use yoga to nurture the sacred time of pregnancy.