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Minneapolis Yoga Conference

Year 6: March 22 - 24, 2019

Introducing our 2019 Presenters

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Presenter: Mathew Sanford Headshot

Mathew Sanford

Mathew Sanford

Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship and how it can transform trauma, loss, disability. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, a sought-after public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed WAKING: A MEMOIR OF TRAUMA AND TRANSCENDENCE (Rodale: 2006). Matthew is a leader in the accessible yoga movement and has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. He won the 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing. Previous recipients include Dr. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter ~ International yoga and meditation instructor, wellness philanthropist, movement motivator, healing guide, music head, and Spiritually Fly theorist.

Meet Faith Hunter, DC/NYC based Yoga instructor, global traveler, & Lifestylist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world. Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to yoga practitioners of all skill levels.

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Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor is an International Presenter, Co-Founder & Co-Owner Global Body Health, Thai Massage Therapist, Speaker, Certified AcroYoga and Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor. An exceptional teacher who actively transforms fear into joy through her exquisite instruction, her extraordinary ability to empower others and transform lives by creating trust, connection and community where we learn together, play together and see where once there was fear, there now is possibility...and joy...

"In my work with Kristi there have been things in both Yoga and AcroYoga that I feared doing, because they seemed so difficult. Kristi always, simply, said, "You can do it. You will do it." I knew she really believed that but I still didn't. Until, with her help, my thought changed from I can't do that to I can't believe I'm doing this!" - Michael McGlone

Presenter: Indu Arora Headshot

Indu Arora

Indu Arora

Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist considers herself a student for lifetime. She has been sharing about Yoga philosophy, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since 1999. She is inspired by and taught under  Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism and Sivananda Yoga lineages. She has studied both Yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional Guru paramapara setting.

Her teaching style is rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken the inner Guru. Her core philosophy is,  ‘Nothing has the greatest power to heal, but Self!”

Authored: Mudra: The Sacred Secret Yoga - Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision (known as The little Red Book on Yoga) 

Presenter: Lauren Walker Headshot

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker is the author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997 and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra +, Yoga Digest, and The New York Times. She was recently named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America. For more of her work, see EMYoga.net

Presenter: Carly Brown Headshot

Carly Brown

Carly Brown

Carly Brown has been teaching Yoga for the past 9 years under the watchful eye of her Guru, Shri Prasad Rangnekar and other esteemed teachers. Her teachings are always student-centred, helping others connect to their own light, wisdom and bliss within. Often playful, but always sincere to the traditional teachings of yoga, Carly has a way of providing a great balance of her knowledge in anatomy, yoga philosophy and life experiences in a way that sparks a light in anyone present. Carly often guest lectures and speaks on various Yoga/Mindfulness topics around Canada. She is the creator of ShineOn! an empowerment program for 7-14 year old girls and her Simplicity Training for Inner Peace program which helps adults realize their true potential. Carly is also a Yoga Therapist, has her degrees in Kinesiology and Education and is an associate teacher of the Yogaprasad Institute 200hr & 500hr yoga teacher trainings. Carly is the recipient of numerous local awards for her community-centred studio Lokah Sangha Yoga in Dryden, ON.

Presenter: Avanti Kumar Singh Headshot

Avanti Kumar Singh

Avanti Kumar Singh

Avanti Kumar-Singh is a physician who, after medical training in emergency medicine, began a journey to find her joy again- and to help people truly heal. Realizing that you can “quit your job but you can’t quit your calling”, Avanti set out to discover what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness. She is now on a mission to evolve the conversation and to create a movement in which medical professionals reclaim the “art” of medicine and become heart-centered, healing catalysts that practice true medicine and support self-healing in their patients.

Over the 20 years of her training, study and research, Avanti has shared her expertise with Fortune 500 companies, elite undergraduate and graduate institutions and at prestigious industry and medical conferences. She has also been featured in the Huffington Post and was a member of upwave.com’s review board—Turner media’s former health and wellness entertainment brand. Avanti is currently the co-lead facilitator of the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare at the OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

Presenter: Tanya Boigenzahn Headshot

Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork, LLC, empowering people with authentic and time-tested tools and teachings to help reach their highest potential. With 25+ years on the yoga mat and 30+ years on the meditation mat, she is a multi-certified yoga teacher honored to be one of the first ParaYoga® Level III Teachers and Certified Four Desires Trainers in the world recognized by her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She also regularly studies with Indu Arora, and completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program in 2015. Tanya also continues to study Sri Vidya, Ayurveda, and Vedic sciences regularly with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, James Bailey, and many others.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master/Instructor, Tanya uses this experience to help deepen students’ knowledge of the traditional practices of healing and wholeness. She is also the forthcoming Executive Director and a registered Instructor with Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), and offers one of the only multi-level certification programs to learn the art of Thai Yoga Bodywork outside of Thailand.

Presenter: Marni Sclaroff Headshot

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff is a yoga and meditation teacher, spirit guide, and wellness mentor, with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, online courses, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. Her yoga classes are a unique blend of soulful inspiration woven into functional body mechanics, with a side of light-hearted playfulness, and earth based spirituality

Presenter: Leo Rising Headshot

Leo Rising

Leo Rising

Leo Rising is a 250hr Accredited Yoga Teacher based in Manhattan. As a yoga teacher, Leo found that the physically rehabilitating practices of asana (yoga poses) and pranyama (breath work) open aspects of existence that are connected, grounded, stable and promote clarity upon every action, and the space to exist fully present, while still.

Leo Rising accredits his honed abilities to the generous teachers of his life and personal Gurus, that have been with him for his whole journey.

Presenter: Ben Vincent Headshot

Ben Vincent

Ben Vincent

Ben Vincent is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and life coach based in Minneapolis. His teachings are rooted in Tantra, Classical and Hatha Yoga, of Para Yoga and The Himalayan Tradition. Ben Offers in-depth yoga study, trainings, retreats, immersions, public and private teaching. He aspires to share yoga that is authentic and accessible, supporting students to realize freedom and fulfillment in life.

Presenter: Nikki Myers Headshot

Nikki Myers

Nikki Myers

An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Parctitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialst, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme 'the issues live in the tissues', Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaes the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki's work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffingtoon Post, Origin Magazine, and CBSnews.com. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institiute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award in 2014.

Presenter: Nicole Nardone Headshot

Nicole Nardone

Nicole Nardone

Nicole learned to read and balance chakras around the same time she learned to tie her shoes. Raised around yogis, healers, and wild women, she has a natural fluency in the spiritual and metaphysical realms.

Her personal healing journeys have lead her through study in earth-based spirituality, shamanism, Thai massage, herbal medicine, classical tantra, kundalini yoga, sacred sexuality practices, sexual tantra, Taoism and more.

She has extensive training in kundalini and tantra. She is trained as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© through the Kundalini Research Institute. She has trained with world renowned teachers since 2003.

Nicole currently sees private clients, and leads classes, workshops, online courses, and retreats around the world. Her work has been described simply as “life changing”. She weaves ancient tradition with modern application, reverence with laughter, deep grounding with cosmic expansion. She is a powerful force for activating the innate vitality within. She is passionately, eternally devoted to awakening the sacred within all, to coming fully alive.

Presenter: James Orione Headshot

James Orione

James Orione

James has been practicing yoga for 7 years, having a foundation in Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative styles, which progressed to incorporate asana combined with vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and mantra. He completed his 200 hr RYT yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

James aims to create a safe space to explore yoga with open and accessible classes for students who are diverse in gender, race, religion, age and ability. As an African American male he feels it is important to create access and opportunities for people of color to explore yoga. Yoga has the ability to loosen the hold of trauma, in any form, that prevents us from living our lives to its fullest.

He teaches in the Himalayan tradition, rooted in dynamic and flowing sequences of asanas, a strong emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama and systematic relaxation. Over the course of his classes students will cultivate a deeper connection with the breath and the body. You can practice more with James at One Yoga in South Minneapolis and Johnson Street Yoga in Northeast Minneapolis.

Presenter: Rhiannon Kirby Headshot

Rhiannon Kirby

Rhiannon Kirby

Very humbled and honored to be the resident yoga teacher at Tula Yoga Studio in Chicago, the breath is the guiding force to Rhiannon's practice and teaching style. With a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California, Rhiannon has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for the body, exploring, fine tuning and understanding the information it presents in time and space in any given moment.

Using inspiration from her self practice, the traditional Ashtanga many series' and her dance background, Rhiannon's workshops/classes offer the opportunity to dive into the intuitive body in order to safely and intellectually, self practice, sequence, become strongly aware of the internal body space, challenge the mind to quiet down and serve the information your body is asking to give you, and to turn your practice and teaching style into a constant ebb and flow of grace.

Rhiannon has been practicing yoga for 19 years, teaching for 11 years and has had the pleasure of studying with Larry Schultz, Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearney, Claire Mark, Mark Whitwel, Seane Corne, Tim Suh, Manju Jois and Tim Miller. ERYT500 Certified: It's Yoga San Francisco 200hr, Yogaview Chicago 300hr, Manju Jois Intensive 30hr, many more hours in between, in depth anatomy background and has publicly and privately taught and organized yoga teacher training programs.

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Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson Iannicelli completed her Bachelors in English & IT in Boston, MA prior to joining Teach For America, an AmeriCorps program serving under-resourced communities. She worked with AmeriCorps for a total of 5 years before taking her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Spain to help manage stress. Upon completion of her yoga teacher training, Alyson decided she wanted to continue to dedicate her time to helping people, but in a different way, with an emphasis on healing the mind, body and spirit. After beginning to teach yoga full-time, Alyson pursued and completed a Masters in Integrative Health and Healing to further propel her skills and knowledge in the health field. Through her masters program, she began to work as an intern for Lauren Walker to help develop the Energy Medicine Yoga School. Alyson currently works as the Director of Education of the Energy Medicine Yoga School and teaches yoga to group classes and one-on-one with clients. She is passionate and committed to sharing EMYoga and healing with the world.

Presenter: Ann Blackburn Headshot

Ann Blackburn

Ann Blackburn

Ann Blackburn (C-IAYT, ERYT500, AYS) and Dan Blackburn (RYT500) have co-owned Tula Yoga & Wellness in St. Paul since March 2012. Their mission is to make yoga & wellness within everyone’s reach and to create a space where people can be and connect with themselves. Ann received her Yoga Therapy certification and Dan received his RYT500 through Yoga North’s International SomaYoga Institute. They get to live their yoga practice with family (three children 12, 17, 22), business, private clients, teaching group classes & workshops, leading retreats, and facilitating relationship-building projects with organizations. Dan also works as an Executive Operations Coordinator for the Whole Foods Market Upper Midwest region and is an executive coach. They will be leading a workshop called “Live Your Authentic, Vibrant Life!”to explore life passions, Dharma (purpose), clarity about true priorities, how to let go of limiting beliefs, and learn practices to create your authentic and vibrant life. facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tulayogawellness

Presenter: Tiffany Denny Headshot

Tiffany Denny

Tiffany Denny

Dr. Tiffany Denny is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and physical therapist with over 13 years of yoga teaching experience, and is the current Executive Director of a body-positive nonprofit, Embody Love Movement. She has a knack for weaving anatomy and movement science into mindful, creative class sequences, and a passion for nerdy anatomy discussions. Tiffany loves to offer practices that facilitate a deeper understanding of physical and energetic anatomy, and the development of a healthy, positive relationship with the body.

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Calley Bliss

Calley Bliss

Calley Bliss is the owner / founder of Entertainment Jill, offering voice over, content creation, and strategy for business. After a dozen years as a jazz and pop vocalist, composer, and educator across the US, UK, and Caribbean, Bliss took her passion for all things “resonance,” and applied them to helping businesses and organizations grow through storytelling (aka content), and content strategy (aka branding). A fifteen-year practitioner of yoga in styles including Anusara, Ashtanga, and Alignment, Bliss also teaches yoga classes, workshops, and individual sessions, guided by a deep connection to the energy / matter relationship and intuitive movement.

A junkie of experience, Bliss approaches yoga, music, voice over, writing, and business with the same philosophy: observe structure, adapt to the moment, and follow the light.

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Nathan Paulus

Nathan Paulus

Nathan has more than 10 years teaching experience.  His approach is centered in deep listening combined with clarity of intention and awareness. Nathan is also a dedicated Taiji practitioner and teacher and sees Yoga and Taiji as one in the same, for him both are used for internal development and refinement. Beyond Yoga and Taiji, Nathan has extensive training and study in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, Chinese Medicine and bodywork. He is one of the owners of Five Point Holistic Health, a worker owned health cooperative in Chicago.

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Mindy Bez

Mindy Bez

Since her first yoga experience in 2005, via a VHS tape (Google it, kids), to her present-day pursuits as the co-founder of SYNDICATE.YOGA, Mindy Luv has become known for her innovative and progressive delivery of Ashtanga-based vinyasa, Yin-Yoga, yoga sculpt, and kid's yoga programming and classes.

A true moon child and a lover of the stars, Mindy's mantra is that believing is healing. Her mission is to create a world where everyone can feel whole and healed. She is a second degree reiki practitioner and finds her center in drawing owls, lions and trees, dancing in the warm rain with her 3 kids and meditating. She loves the mountains, devours books by authors such as Gabby Bernstein, Jennifer Sincero and Louise Hay, isn't known for her cooking but can bake just about anything,

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Mollie Silver

Mollie Silver

Mollie Silver is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner and Authorized Instructor, EMYOGA Senior Teacher, and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. Mollie’s passions for travel, adventure and alternative healing have carried her across the globe where she has studied her craft with everyone from a medicine man in Fiji to a Mayan midwife in Guatemala to a Shaman in Bali. Her diverse and varied background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and volunteering throughout Central America, Australia, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia before eventually landing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV where she’s been teaching Yoga and practicing Massage Therapy and Energy Medicine since 2007. She is thrilled to share this self-empowering modality of healing with you!

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Molly McManus

Molly McManus

Molly McManus C-IAYT, ERYT500, SE, AHC is co-owner of Yoga North, and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She enjoys teaching specialized workshops and her work as faculty for the International SomaYoga Institute that is one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists.

Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest in chronic pain and the diseases of stress in programs she has designed such as SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good – 30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. She has not only studied and practiced in these areas extensively she has up close and personal experiences with the incredible efficacy of Yoga Therapy with her own journey through chronic pain, and the diseases of stress.

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Ann Maxwell

Ann Maxwell

Ann Maxwell, MAed, ERYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Co-Owner Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute

Ann holds certification in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors and is an experienced teacher trainer and yoga therapist. She gets great satisfaction in supporting the teachers in training to find their niche, grow their skills and become great yoga teachers and therapists. Ann brings the spirit of adventure and curiosity to her expertise as a yoga instructor and business owner, grounding her ability in the practicality and expertise of the body. Ann is a model of yogic living for her students and brings a sense of wisdom and fun to the daily practice of yoga.

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Nick Bez

Nick Bez

Since leaving behind a decade of addiction in 2008, co-owner and operator of SYNDICATE.YOGA, Nick Bez has been working to share his experience and understanding of the teaching that “yoga is the journey of the self, through the self.” He encourages students to embrace that this journey is sometimes a wild, profanity laden one, while at others it’s shades of gray, and on occasion it’s legitimately unicorns and magical rainbows but that regardless, it’s all an opportunity to breathe with greater presence and intention.

Nick has led thousands of practitioners through variations of Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa, and teacher trainings across North America, he co-created Life Time Fitness’ Warrior Sculpt yoga fusion format, and as an ERYT-500 through Yoga Alliance (YA) and a YA Continuing Education Provider has written and created multiple yoga teacher training manuals and programs. He has also written for Yoga Digest, been featured in Mantra Magazine, and highlighted by Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, MN YOGA+life, SF Yoga Magazine, and on StyleCaster.com.

And for those of you who appreciate such things, Nick’s training and study includes multiple standard and advanced yoga teacher trainings including the 200 hr. YTT programs at CorePower Yoga in MN, At One Yoga in AZ, The Center for Yoga in MI, and LifePower Yoga in MN, as well as extensive training with Jonny Kest.

Mathew Sanford

Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship and how it can transform trauma, loss, disability. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, a sought-after public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed WAKING: A MEMOIR OF TRAUMA AND TRANSCENDENCE (Rodale: 2006). Matthew is a leader in the accessible yoga movement and has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. He won the 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing. Previous recipients include Dr. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter ~ International yoga and meditation instructor, wellness philanthropist, movement motivator, healing guide, music head, and Spiritually Fly theorist.

Meet Faith Hunter, DC/NYC based Yoga instructor, global traveler, & Lifestylist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world. Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to yoga practitioners of all skill levels.

Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor is an International Presenter, Co-Founder & Co-Owner Global Body Health, Thai Massage Therapist, Speaker, Certified AcroYoga and Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor. An exceptional teacher who actively transforms fear into joy through her exquisite instruction, her extraordinary ability to empower others and transform lives by creating trust, connection and community where we learn together, play together and see where once there was fear, there now is possibility...and joy...

"In my work with Kristi there have been things in both Yoga and AcroYoga that I feared doing, because they seemed so difficult. Kristi always, simply, said, "You can do it. You will do it." I knew she really believed that but I still didn't. Until, with her help, my thought changed from I can't do that to I can't believe I'm doing this!" - Michael McGlone

Indu Arora

Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist considers herself a student for lifetime. She has been sharing about Yoga philosophy, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since 1999. She is inspired by and taught under  Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism and Sivananda Yoga lineages. She has studied both Yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional Guru paramapara setting.

Her teaching style is rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken the inner Guru. Her core philosophy is,  ‘Nothing has the greatest power to heal, but Self!”

Authored: Mudra: The Sacred Secret Yoga - Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision (known as The little Red Book on Yoga) 

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker is the author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997 and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra +, Yoga Digest, and The New York Times. She was recently named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America. For more of her work, see EMYoga.net

Carly Brown

Carly Brown has been teaching Yoga for the past 9 years under the watchful eye of her Guru, Shri Prasad Rangnekar and other esteemed teachers. Her teachings are always student-centred, helping others connect to their own light, wisdom and bliss within. Often playful, but always sincere to the traditional teachings of yoga, Carly has a way of providing a great balance of her knowledge in anatomy, yoga philosophy and life experiences in a way that sparks a light in anyone present. Carly often guest lectures and speaks on various Yoga/Mindfulness topics around Canada. She is the creator of ShineOn! an empowerment program for 7-14 year old girls and her Simplicity Training for Inner Peace program which helps adults realize their true potential. Carly is also a Yoga Therapist, has her degrees in Kinesiology and Education and is an associate teacher of the Yogaprasad Institute 200hr & 500hr yoga teacher trainings. Carly is the recipient of numerous local awards for her community-centred studio Lokah Sangha Yoga in Dryden, ON.

Avanti Kumar Singh

Avanti Kumar-Singh is a physician who, after medical training in emergency medicine, began a journey to find her joy again- and to help people truly heal. Realizing that you can “quit your job but you can’t quit your calling”, Avanti set out to discover what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness. She is now on a mission to evolve the conversation and to create a movement in which medical professionals reclaim the “art” of medicine and become heart-centered, healing catalysts that practice true medicine and support self-healing in their patients.

Over the 20 years of her training, study and research, Avanti has shared her expertise with Fortune 500 companies, elite undergraduate and graduate institutions and at prestigious industry and medical conferences. She has also been featured in the Huffington Post and was a member of upwave.com’s review board—Turner media’s former health and wellness entertainment brand. Avanti is currently the co-lead facilitator of the Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare at the OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya Boigenzahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork, LLC, empowering people with authentic and time-tested tools and teachings to help reach their highest potential. With 25+ years on the yoga mat and 30+ years on the meditation mat, she is a multi-certified yoga teacher honored to be one of the first ParaYoga® Level III Teachers and Certified Four Desires Trainers in the world recognized by her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She also regularly studies with Indu Arora, and completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program in 2015. Tanya also continues to study Sri Vidya, Ayurveda, and Vedic sciences regularly with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, James Bailey, and many others.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master/Instructor, Tanya uses this experience to help deepen students’ knowledge of the traditional practices of healing and wholeness. She is also the forthcoming Executive Director and a registered Instructor with Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), and offers one of the only multi-level certification programs to learn the art of Thai Yoga Bodywork outside of Thailand.

Marni Sclaroff

Marni Sclaroff is a yoga and meditation teacher, spirit guide, and wellness mentor, with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, online courses, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. Her yoga classes are a unique blend of soulful inspiration woven into functional body mechanics, with a side of light-hearted playfulness, and earth based spirituality

Leo Rising

Leo Rising is a 250hr Accredited Yoga Teacher based in Manhattan. As a yoga teacher, Leo found that the physically rehabilitating practices of asana (yoga poses) and pranyama (breath work) open aspects of existence that are connected, grounded, stable and promote clarity upon every action, and the space to exist fully present, while still.

Leo Rising accredits his honed abilities to the generous teachers of his life and personal Gurus, that have been with him for his whole journey.

Ben Vincent

Ben Vincent is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and life coach based in Minneapolis. His teachings are rooted in Tantra, Classical and Hatha Yoga, of Para Yoga and The Himalayan Tradition. Ben Offers in-depth yoga study, trainings, retreats, immersions, public and private teaching. He aspires to share yoga that is authentic and accessible, supporting students to realize freedom and fulfillment in life.

Nikki Myers

An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Parctitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialst, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme 'the issues live in the tissues', Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaes the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki's work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffingtoon Post, Origin Magazine, and CBSnews.com. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institiute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award in 2014.

Nicole Nardone

Nicole learned to read and balance chakras around the same time she learned to tie her shoes. Raised around yogis, healers, and wild women, she has a natural fluency in the spiritual and metaphysical realms.

Her personal healing journeys have lead her through study in earth-based spirituality, shamanism, Thai massage, herbal medicine, classical tantra, kundalini yoga, sacred sexuality practices, sexual tantra, Taoism and more.

She has extensive training in kundalini and tantra. She is trained as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© through the Kundalini Research Institute. She has trained with world renowned teachers since 2003.

Nicole currently sees private clients, and leads classes, workshops, online courses, and retreats around the world. Her work has been described simply as “life changing”. She weaves ancient tradition with modern application, reverence with laughter, deep grounding with cosmic expansion. She is a powerful force for activating the innate vitality within. She is passionately, eternally devoted to awakening the sacred within all, to coming fully alive.

James Orione

James has been practicing yoga for 7 years, having a foundation in Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative styles, which progressed to incorporate asana combined with vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and mantra. He completed his 200 hr RYT yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

James aims to create a safe space to explore yoga with open and accessible classes for students who are diverse in gender, race, religion, age and ability. As an African American male he feels it is important to create access and opportunities for people of color to explore yoga. Yoga has the ability to loosen the hold of trauma, in any form, that prevents us from living our lives to its fullest.

He teaches in the Himalayan tradition, rooted in dynamic and flowing sequences of asanas, a strong emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama and systematic relaxation. Over the course of his classes students will cultivate a deeper connection with the breath and the body. You can practice more with James at One Yoga in South Minneapolis and Johnson Street Yoga in Northeast Minneapolis.

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Rhiannon Kirby

Very humbled and honored to be the resident yoga teacher at Tula Yoga Studio in Chicago, the breath is the guiding force to Rhiannon's practice and teaching style. With a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California, Rhiannon has always had a deep understanding and appreciation for the body, exploring, fine tuning and understanding the information it presents in time and space in any given moment.

Using inspiration from her self practice, the traditional Ashtanga many series' and her dance background, Rhiannon's workshops/classes offer the opportunity to dive into the intuitive body in order to safely and intellectually, self practice, sequence, become strongly aware of the internal body space, challenge the mind to quiet down and serve the information your body is asking to give you, and to turn your practice and teaching style into a constant ebb and flow of grace.

Rhiannon has been practicing yoga for 19 years, teaching for 11 years and has had the pleasure of studying with Larry Schultz, Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearney, Claire Mark, Mark Whitwel, Seane Corne, Tim Suh, Manju Jois and Tim Miller. ERYT500 Certified: It's Yoga San Francisco 200hr, Yogaview Chicago 300hr, Manju Jois Intensive 30hr, many more hours in between, in depth anatomy background and has publicly and privately taught and organized yoga teacher training programs.

Presenter: Alyson Iannicelli Action Shot

Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson Iannicelli completed her Bachelors in English & IT in Boston, MA prior to joining Teach For America, an AmeriCorps program serving under-resourced communities. She worked with AmeriCorps for a total of 5 years before taking her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Spain to help manage stress. Upon completion of her yoga teacher training, Alyson decided she wanted to continue to dedicate her time to helping people, but in a different way, with an emphasis on healing the mind, body and spirit. After beginning to teach yoga full-time, Alyson pursued and completed a Masters in Integrative Health and Healing to further propel her skills and knowledge in the health field. Through her masters program, she began to work as an intern for Lauren Walker to help develop the Energy Medicine Yoga School. Alyson currently works as the Director of Education of the Energy Medicine Yoga School and teaches yoga to group classes and one-on-one with clients. She is passionate and committed to sharing EMYoga and healing with the world.

Ann Blackburn

Ann Blackburn (C-IAYT, ERYT500, AYS) and Dan Blackburn (RYT500) have co-owned Tula Yoga & Wellness in St. Paul since March 2012. Their mission is to make yoga & wellness within everyone’s reach and to create a space where people can be and connect with themselves. Ann received her Yoga Therapy certification and Dan received his RYT500 through Yoga North’s International SomaYoga Institute. They get to live their yoga practice with family (three children 12, 17, 22), business, private clients, teaching group classes & workshops, leading retreats, and facilitating relationship-building projects with organizations. Dan also works as an Executive Operations Coordinator for the Whole Foods Market Upper Midwest region and is an executive coach. They will be leading a workshop called “Live Your Authentic, Vibrant Life!”to explore life passions, Dharma (purpose), clarity about true priorities, how to let go of limiting beliefs, and learn practices to create your authentic and vibrant life. facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tulayogawellness

Tiffany Denny

Dr. Tiffany Denny is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and physical therapist with over 13 years of yoga teaching experience, and is the current Executive Director of a body-positive nonprofit, Embody Love Movement. She has a knack for weaving anatomy and movement science into mindful, creative class sequences, and a passion for nerdy anatomy discussions. Tiffany loves to offer practices that facilitate a deeper understanding of physical and energetic anatomy, and the development of a healthy, positive relationship with the body.

Calley Bliss

Calley Bliss is the owner / founder of Entertainment Jill, offering voice over, content creation, and strategy for business. After a dozen years as a jazz and pop vocalist, composer, and educator across the US, UK, and Caribbean, Bliss took her passion for all things “resonance,” and applied them to helping businesses and organizations grow through storytelling (aka content), and content strategy (aka branding). A fifteen-year practitioner of yoga in styles including Anusara, Ashtanga, and Alignment, Bliss also teaches yoga classes, workshops, and individual sessions, guided by a deep connection to the energy / matter relationship and intuitive movement.

A junkie of experience, Bliss approaches yoga, music, voice over, writing, and business with the same philosophy: observe structure, adapt to the moment, and follow the light.

Nathan Paulus

Nathan has more than 10 years teaching experience.  His approach is centered in deep listening combined with clarity of intention and awareness. Nathan is also a dedicated Taiji practitioner and teacher and sees Yoga and Taiji as one in the same, for him both are used for internal development and refinement. Beyond Yoga and Taiji, Nathan has extensive training and study in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, Chinese Medicine and bodywork. He is one of the owners of Five Point Holistic Health, a worker owned health cooperative in Chicago.

Mindy Bez

Since her first yoga experience in 2005, via a VHS tape (Google it, kids), to her present-day pursuits as the co-founder of SYNDICATE.YOGA, Mindy Luv has become known for her innovative and progressive delivery of Ashtanga-based vinyasa, Yin-Yoga, yoga sculpt, and kid's yoga programming and classes.

A true moon child and a lover of the stars, Mindy's mantra is that believing is healing. Her mission is to create a world where everyone can feel whole and healed. She is a second degree reiki practitioner and finds her center in drawing owls, lions and trees, dancing in the warm rain with her 3 kids and meditating. She loves the mountains, devours books by authors such as Gabby Bernstein, Jennifer Sincero and Louise Hay, isn't known for her cooking but can bake just about anything,

Presenter: Mollie Silver Action Shot

Mollie Silver

Mollie Silver is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner and Authorized Instructor, EMYOGA Senior Teacher, and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. Mollie’s passions for travel, adventure and alternative healing have carried her across the globe where she has studied her craft with everyone from a medicine man in Fiji to a Mayan midwife in Guatemala to a Shaman in Bali. Her diverse and varied background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and volunteering throughout Central America, Australia, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia before eventually landing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV where she’s been teaching Yoga and practicing Massage Therapy and Energy Medicine since 2007. She is thrilled to share this self-empowering modality of healing with you!

Molly McManus

Molly McManus C-IAYT, ERYT500, SE, AHC is co-owner of Yoga North, and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She enjoys teaching specialized workshops and her work as faculty for the International SomaYoga Institute that is one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists.

Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest in chronic pain and the diseases of stress in programs she has designed such as SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good – 30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. She has not only studied and practiced in these areas extensively she has up close and personal experiences with the incredible efficacy of Yoga Therapy with her own journey through chronic pain, and the diseases of stress.

Ann Maxwell

Ann Maxwell, MAed, ERYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Co-Owner Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute

Ann holds certification in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors and is an experienced teacher trainer and yoga therapist. She gets great satisfaction in supporting the teachers in training to find their niche, grow their skills and become great yoga teachers and therapists. Ann brings the spirit of adventure and curiosity to her expertise as a yoga instructor and business owner, grounding her ability in the practicality and expertise of the body. Ann is a model of yogic living for her students and brings a sense of wisdom and fun to the daily practice of yoga.

Nick Bez

Since leaving behind a decade of addiction in 2008, co-owner and operator of SYNDICATE.YOGA, Nick Bez has been working to share his experience and understanding of the teaching that “yoga is the journey of the self, through the self.” He encourages students to embrace that this journey is sometimes a wild, profanity laden one, while at others it’s shades of gray, and on occasion it’s legitimately unicorns and magical rainbows but that regardless, it’s all an opportunity to breathe with greater presence and intention.

Nick has led thousands of practitioners through variations of Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa, and teacher trainings across North America, he co-created Life Time Fitness’ Warrior Sculpt yoga fusion format, and as an ERYT-500 through Yoga Alliance (YA) and a YA Continuing Education Provider has written and created multiple yoga teacher training manuals and programs. He has also written for Yoga Digest, been featured in Mantra Magazine, and highlighted by Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, MN YOGA+life, SF Yoga Magazine, and on StyleCaster.com.

And for those of you who appreciate such things, Nick’s training and study includes multiple standard and advanced yoga teacher trainings including the 200 hr. YTT programs at CorePower Yoga in MN, At One Yoga in AZ, The Center for Yoga in MI, and LifePower Yoga in MN, as well as extensive training with Jonny Kest.

The Minneapolis Yoga Conference is an exploration of what yoga is. It is designed to serve the community not as a proclamation of answers, but instead as an unending set of questions. Our primary aim is to explore the practice of yoga in an open, welcoming space for everyone in the yoga community. We embrace and celebrate the different and unique perspectives across the wider yoga community, so that together we can feel can feel a unity that is all too often missing. We are a conference that accepts, embraces and celebrates everyone for exactly where they are in their yogic journey, no matter where they are.

For the 2019 conference we have once again curated a group of world-class presenters, providing countless offerings and hundreds of available workshop hours. Whether you’ve been practicing for twenty days or twenty years, the 2019 Minneapolis Yoga Conference will have something for you.

Thank you 2019 studio partners! Own a yoga studio? Become a Studio Partner today!

Studio Partner: Yess Yoga Studio Logo

Yess Yoga Studio

Yess Yoga Studio

Yess Yoga, located in Minneapolis, has brilliant and diverse yoga classes in a community atmosphere. Our ultimate goal is to help you discover a deeper sense of contentment and inner peace. The common thread, each teacher wants to share movement and mindfulness with everyone who enters the studio. We dare to call most of our yogaclasses “Intuitive Yoga”. We'd like to personally welcome you to our local and woman owned yoga studio, and invite you to any of our classes or events. All are welcome. Hope to practice with you soon. Namaste.

Studio Partner: Blooma Logo

Blooma

Blooma

Through yoga, Barre, Massage, Childbirth Education, Wellness and a community of support, Blooma, nurtures the mind, body and the spirit of Mom-to-be, new mamas, and their families.

Our owner Sarah Longacre mc'd the Mpls Yoga Conference years ago, and we have been a vendor and part of a panel in the past. I have attended the Mpls Yoga Conference every year since it's opening, and I noticed last year, that you brought in a Prenatal teacher from Chicago. We would love to be considered to teach any and all things Prenatal and Postnatal in the future, because we have such a large presence in the community and would love to reach even more teachers.

Studio Partner: 180 Balance Logo

180 Balance

180 Balance

180 balance is about finding the inner depth of who you are, nurturing your body and mind and transforming your future into what you want it to be. Your body and mind will be pushed as much as you need and you will absorb all the goodness of what the studio and instructors have to offer. 180 balance is where you learn to “be” and enjoy the moment and all it has to offer.

Studio Partner: Awaken Vibrance Logo

Awaken Vibrance

Awaken Vibrance

Awaken Vibrance is a full-service Holistic Health Center and Yoga Studio located in downtown Waseca, MN. We offer Yoga, Massage, Classes, Holistic Products & Gifts.

Our gorgeous restored building is a feast for the eyes and a haven for the spirit. Walk into our divine yoga space and breathe in its relaxing, zen atmosphere. It will delight and surprise you, like it has for many new visitors. We often hear, “WOW, this is incredible! I can’t believe we have this in Waseca!”

Founded by Tracy Jevning, Awaken Vibrance opened its doors on November 9, 2015. Tracy started the company to follow her passion of helping people with their health and wellness. Her primary goal is to help her clients achieve optimal health so they can look, feel, and BE their best!.

Studio Partner: Yoga Sanctuary Logo

Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary is a non-profit, holistic studio, offering a place of respite and integration for your body, mind, and spirit.

We seek to teach safe, fun, relational yoga every day to EVERY BODY through classes, workshops, community outreach and our annual Karma Service + Yoga Trip to Guatemala. Our studio prices align with our intention to increase access, and limit obstacles, to holistic yoga.

The practice of yoga tells us that everything we need for peace and wholeness is already inside us, but living and practicing yoga is best done in the context of a supportive community. Together, we will work to ignite the transformative healing power of being fully present in our bodies and in our lives.

Studio Partner: Green Frog Yoga Logo

Green Frog Yoga

Green Frog Yoga

Green Frog Yoga is welcoming community of beginning and experienced yogi’s in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We offer a variety of different yoga styles that are perfect for students of all skill levels and body types. Our offerings include vinyasa flow yoga (hot power and slow flow), core yoga flow, restorative yoga, and Silversneakers FLEX yoga.

Studio Partner: Yoga Tree Yoga Studio Logo

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio was created in 2012, in the rural, NW town of Roseau, Minnesota.

Since Yoga Tree first opened, we have offered a sacred space that is non-competitive, non-judgmental and guided by warm and loving hearts.

Yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice, which shows us our divine path to our authentic -self. A regular Yoga practice offers a peaceful mind, a feeling of balance inside and out, and the release of stress.

Yoga Tree believes in working not only with our selves, but with our community to improve lives, and our planet. Yoga Tree is committed in striving to support each other in our personal growth through our yogic transformation and journey. We believe that yoga is for everyone, that it transforms everyone, and that yoga is for you.

Yoga Tree is a community of committed teachers who understand, from deep personal experience, the benefits and energy that Yoga brings. Our teachers, Desi Klimesh, Catherine Stenzel, Erika Peterson and Nora Heilman, bring their insight, dedication, years of practice and training, as well as openness, creativity and caring hearts to each and every class, creating an environment filled with learning, compassion, challenges, and fun.

We look forward to Practicing with you~ Namaste

Studio Partner: Yoga Branch Logo

Yoga Branch

Yoga Branch

At The Yoga Branch we share traditional yoga values with the heart of yoga being minimally as important as the poses themselves. The focus of the studio is on sharing yoga with the community, and guiding them to a better place, physically & mentally. There are workshops held by various teachers, as well as different levels of yoga classes through the week.

There is a Spring Equinox/Yoga mala held each year in March, where we welcome in the Spring with 108 Sun Salutations, the energy is amazing, and all profits from this event are donated locally.

The Yoga Branch also holds donation based classes, where the funds are put into scholarships to accommodate those in the community who need and want yoga but can not afford it.

Studio Partner: Open Sole Yoga Logo

Open Sole Yoga

Open Sole Yoga

Open Sole Yoga is located in Litchfield, in central MN. We offer a variety of class from Hatha to Ashtanga to Men's to Prenatal Yoga. All of our instructors are Registered Yoga Teachers with a passion for bringing yoga to all.

Studio Partner: Tula Yoga Studio Logo

Tula Yoga Studio

Tula Yoga Studio

Located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, we are a Vinyasa-based studio that truly believes that yoga, like most things in life, is all about Balance.

Our approach to yoga is a harmony of traditional principles & philosophy combined with modern practicalities & accessibility. We aim to create classes that are a healthy mix of playfulness and exploration, while maintaining mindfulness and respect for the origins and traditions of yoga and attention to the anatomy and alignment of the body.

We believe that through this balance, yoga can help one to develop greater self-awareness, physical strength and flexibility, resulting in an overall sense of well-being and inner peace.

We want to empower our students to find their own path through yoga, to create their own unique balance, both while on the mat at TULA and off the mat into this wild world.

Studio Partner: Azitala Yoga Logo

Azitala Yoga

Azitala Yoga

Hot yoga in Elk River, Every BODY, is welcome.

Studio Partner: Yoga Bella Logo

Yoga Bella

Yoga Bella

Located in the southwest metro area, Yoga Bella is open 7 days a week offering quality yoga instruction. All classes are variations of 3 basic styles: Gentle, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Beginners to experienced yogis find their home at Yoga Bella, as well connection to our friendly yoga community. All are welcome.

Yess Yoga Studio

Yess Yoga, located in Minneapolis, has brilliant and diverse yoga classes in a community atmosphere. Our ultimate goal is to help you discover a deeper sense of contentment and inner peace. The common thread, each teacher wants to share movement and mindfulness with everyone who enters the studio. We dare to call most of our yogaclasses “Intuitive Yoga”. We'd like to personally welcome you to our local and woman owned yoga studio, and invite you to any of our classes or events. All are welcome. Hope to practice with you soon. Namaste.

Blooma

Through yoga, Barre, Massage, Childbirth Education, Wellness and a community of support, Blooma, nurtures the mind, body and the spirit of Mom-to-be, new mamas, and their families.

Our owner Sarah Longacre mc'd the Mpls Yoga Conference years ago, and we have been a vendor and part of a panel in the past. I have attended the Mpls Yoga Conference every year since it's opening, and I noticed last year, that you brought in a Prenatal teacher from Chicago. We would love to be considered to teach any and all things Prenatal and Postnatal in the future, because we have such a large presence in the community and would love to reach even more teachers.

180 Balance

180 balance is about finding the inner depth of who you are, nurturing your body and mind and transforming your future into what you want it to be. Your body and mind will be pushed as much as you need and you will absorb all the goodness of what the studio and instructors have to offer. 180 balance is where you learn to “be” and enjoy the moment and all it has to offer.

Awaken Vibrance

Awaken Vibrance is a full-service Holistic Health Center and Yoga Studio located in downtown Waseca, MN. We offer Yoga, Massage, Classes, Holistic Products & Gifts.

Our gorgeous restored building is a feast for the eyes and a haven for the spirit. Walk into our divine yoga space and breathe in its relaxing, zen atmosphere. It will delight and surprise you, like it has for many new visitors. We often hear, “WOW, this is incredible! I can’t believe we have this in Waseca!”

Founded by Tracy Jevning, Awaken Vibrance opened its doors on November 9, 2015. Tracy started the company to follow her passion of helping people with their health and wellness. Her primary goal is to help her clients achieve optimal health so they can look, feel, and BE their best!.

Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary is a non-profit, holistic studio, offering a place of respite and integration for your body, mind, and spirit.

We seek to teach safe, fun, relational yoga every day to EVERY BODY through classes, workshops, community outreach and our annual Karma Service + Yoga Trip to Guatemala. Our studio prices align with our intention to increase access, and limit obstacles, to holistic yoga.

The practice of yoga tells us that everything we need for peace and wholeness is already inside us, but living and practicing yoga is best done in the context of a supportive community. Together, we will work to ignite the transformative healing power of being fully present in our bodies and in our lives.

Green Frog Yoga

Green Frog Yoga is welcoming community of beginning and experienced yogi’s in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We offer a variety of different yoga styles that are perfect for students of all skill levels and body types. Our offerings include vinyasa flow yoga (hot power and slow flow), core yoga flow, restorative yoga, and Silversneakers FLEX yoga.

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio

Yoga Tree Yoga Studio was created in 2012, in the rural, NW town of Roseau, Minnesota.

Since Yoga Tree first opened, we have offered a sacred space that is non-competitive, non-judgmental and guided by warm and loving hearts.

Yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice, which shows us our divine path to our authentic -self. A regular Yoga practice offers a peaceful mind, a feeling of balance inside and out, and the release of stress.

Yoga Tree believes in working not only with our selves, but with our community to improve lives, and our planet. Yoga Tree is committed in striving to support each other in our personal growth through our yogic transformation and journey. We believe that yoga is for everyone, that it transforms everyone, and that yoga is for you.

Yoga Tree is a community of committed teachers who understand, from deep personal experience, the benefits and energy that Yoga brings. Our teachers, Desi Klimesh, Catherine Stenzel, Erika Peterson and Nora Heilman, bring their insight, dedication, years of practice and training, as well as openness, creativity and caring hearts to each and every class, creating an environment filled with learning, compassion, challenges, and fun.

We look forward to Practicing with you~ Namaste

Yoga Branch

At The Yoga Branch we share traditional yoga values with the heart of yoga being minimally as important as the poses themselves. The focus of the studio is on sharing yoga with the community, and guiding them to a better place, physically & mentally. There are workshops held by various teachers, as well as different levels of yoga classes through the week.

There is a Spring Equinox/Yoga mala held each year in March, where we welcome in the Spring with 108 Sun Salutations, the energy is amazing, and all profits from this event are donated locally.

The Yoga Branch also holds donation based classes, where the funds are put into scholarships to accommodate those in the community who need and want yoga but can not afford it.

Open Sole Yoga

Open Sole Yoga is located in Litchfield, in central MN. We offer a variety of class from Hatha to Ashtanga to Men's to Prenatal Yoga. All of our instructors are Registered Yoga Teachers with a passion for bringing yoga to all.

Tula Yoga Studio

Located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, we are a Vinyasa-based studio that truly believes that yoga, like most things in life, is all about Balance.

Our approach to yoga is a harmony of traditional principles & philosophy combined with modern practicalities & accessibility. We aim to create classes that are a healthy mix of playfulness and exploration, while maintaining mindfulness and respect for the origins and traditions of yoga and attention to the anatomy and alignment of the body.

We believe that through this balance, yoga can help one to develop greater self-awareness, physical strength and flexibility, resulting in an overall sense of well-being and inner peace.

We want to empower our students to find their own path through yoga, to create their own unique balance, both while on the mat at TULA and off the mat into this wild world.

Azitala Yoga

Hot yoga in Elk River, Every BODY, is welcome.

Yoga Bella

Located in the southwest metro area, Yoga Bella is open 7 days a week offering quality yoga instruction. All classes are variations of 3 basic styles: Gentle, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Beginners to experienced yogis find their home at Yoga Bella, as well connection to our friendly yoga community. All are welcome.


Own a yoga studio? Partner with the Minneapolis Yoga Conference to receive a pass to the conference, your logo on our website, a mention on our social media profiles and the option to purchase our "studio ten-packs".  

We partner with companies and organizations to enhance the experience of conference-goers, while also providing valuable name, brand and company exposure for our sponsors. Check out our 2019 Sponsors below!

We partner with companies whose products and services are congruent with the experience we create for conference-goers, and we're thrilled to introduce our 2019 Vendors! If you're interested in being a vendor at the 2019 conference, please get in touch!

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Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Book your hotel room now!

Friday: March 22, 2019


9:00am - 9:45am

Registration Opened: Welcome to the 2019 MYC!

10:00am - 11:30am

Opening Ceremony with Faith Hunter ~ We are Love

A picture of Opening Ceremony with Faith Hunter ~ We are Love

Within the chaos of daily life, we often forget the power of human connection. Through a heart-opening blend of experiences, Faith Hunter will encourage you to breathe, listen and trust. The intention of the opening ceremony is to shed superficial layers, and align to your highest self through connecting. Be prepared to move, laugh and feel the bliss of community infused with LOVE!

Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Presenter: Accessibility, Asana, and the Subtle Body Headshot

Accessibility, Asana, and the Subtle Body

Matthew Sanford

Asana is accessible to every one, but physical bodies and their abilities vary greatly. The good news is that the experience of the subtle body is...

Presenter: Soul Family-The Power of Yoga Friendships Headshot

Soul Family-The Power of Yoga Friendships

Marni Sclaroff & Mindy Bez

In the Buddhist Tradition, Sangha, or spiritual community, is one of the central pillars of support for the practice. Our friends become...

Presenter: EMYoga Manifestation Headshot

EMYoga Manifestation

Lauren Walker

How do you create what you want in your life? Do you really know what you really want? Finally learn the Secret behind the Secret. In this 4-hour workshop and practice you will dive...

Presenter: Deep Roots Intensive for People of Color Headshot

Deep Roots Intensive for People of Color

James Orione

What would liberation look like without the constraints of oppressive systems? What desires could you manifest in this state of freedom? What would it...

Presenter: Yoga of Nine Emotions-Rasa Sadhana Headshot

Yoga of Nine Emotions-Rasa Sadhana

Indu Arora

(This intensive is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) As per the ancient Tantric tradition and Vedas - The Sanskrit word Rasa means...

Presenter: Creative Sequencing for Professional Yoga Instructors Headshot

Creative Sequencing for Professional Yoga Instructors

Rhiannon Kirby

This workshop has been designed to help the new to seasoned, yoga teacher or yoga professional...

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Saturday: March 23, 2019


Saturday, 8:00am - 10:00am

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Presenter: Energy Medicine Yoga: The Basics Headshot

Energy Medicine Yoga: The Basics

Lauren Walker

Learn what Energy Medicine Yoga (EMYoga) is, how it works, why it works and how you can include it into your daily practice to transform...

Presenter: Presence Time: How to wake up as a ROARRIOR Headshot

Presence Time: How to wake up as a ROARRIOR

Leo Rising

LeoRising is an auric field amplifier, cosmic diviner & mystic yoga teacher who specializes in the gift of Presence. He will teach you a 4 part...

Presenter: Ayurvedic Nutrition + Yogic Diet Headshot

Ayurvedic Nutrition + Yogic Diet

Indu Arora

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) The modern definition of diet has become limited to vegan, raw, organic, vegetarian...

Presenter: Deepen your Connection: Exploration through your Senses Headshot

Deepen your Connection: Exploration through your Senses

Faith Hunter & Kristi Taylor

Faith Hunter and Kristi Taylor join together and invite you to nestle in for a 4.5 hour intensive for women...

Presenter: Intelligent Touch and Presence in Adjustments and Partnered Work Headshot

Intelligent Touch and Presence in Adjustments and Partnered Work

Nathan Paulus

Touch is both a fundamental and a complex way that we interact with the world and share energy with...

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Saturday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

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Presenter: Exploration of Sound and Resonance Headshot

Exploration of Sound and Resonance

Calley Bliss

Resonance - in a literal sense - is the act of vibratory motion within a physical encasement. In our culture, we commonly talk about resonance...

Presenter: Emotional Balance with EMYOGA Headshot

Emotional Balance with EMYOGA

Alyson Iannicelli

Unprocessed emotions are believed to be the #1 cause of dis-ease in the body. Our emotions rapidly change moment to moment and in a fast...

Presenter: Anatomy, Asana and Adjustments Headshot

Anatomy, Asana and Adjustments

Tanya Boigenzahn

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) Join Tanya in this experiential, engaging mini-breakdown of the psoas...

Presenter: Expand Your Teaching with Techniques and Tools for Privates Sessions Headshot

Expand Your Teaching with Techniques and Tools for Privates Sessions

Molly McManus & Ann Maxwell

Learn simple techniques from SomaYoga Methodology to help serve your students in private sessions...

Presenter: Deepen your Connection: Exploration through your Senses cont'd Headshot

Deepen your Connection: Exploration through your Senses cont'd

Faith Hunter & Kristi Taylor

Faith Hunter and Kristi Taylor join together and invite you to nestle in for a 4.5 hour intensive for women...

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Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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Presenter: Awakening Kundalini Headshot

Awakening Kundalini

Nicole Nardone

Kundalini is the primal, raw evolutionary force. It is rising in the world, in the earth, and in our bodies. As this force rises, it transforms everything it touches. It heals...

Presenter: Yoga & Racial Justice: Deeper Dive Headshot

Yoga & Racial Justice: Deeper Dive

James Orione

The deeper dive is a continuation of Yoga and Racial justice. This workshop builds on concept of spiritual bypassing and explores how implicit...

Presenter: Clinical Components in Therapeutic Assessment Headshot

Clinical Components in Therapeutic Assessment

Avanti Kumar Singh, MD

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) While the biomedical model is excellent for acute, crisis-based intervention, it is less...

Presenter: Yoga for Equanimity Headshot

Yoga for Equanimity

Ben Vincent

Change is the nature of the world we live in, yet it is the nature of humans to seek that which last. All too often, we allow our inner state to be determined by change in the world around...

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ELEVATE: Vinyasa from Surviving to Thriving

Nick Bez

Regardless of your background or baggage, yoga is one of the oldest and most beneficial practices for elevating you from the experience of...

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Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Presenter: The Art of Letting Go: Exploring Vairagya (detachment) Headshot

The Art of Letting Go: Exploring Vairagya (detachment)

Carly Brown

Dive deep into exploring one of Yoga’s central concepts and one of our hardest things to do: Letting Go...

Presenter: An Introduction to Trauma, PTSD, and Yoga Headshot

An Introduction to Trauma, PTSD, and Yoga

Matthew Sanford

Trauma and post-traumatic stress lie on a continuum. Everyone experiences it in one form or another. Luckily for most of us, it does not profoundly...

Presenter: Embody Love: A Transformational Program for ALL Women Headshot

Embody Love: A Transformational Program for ALL Women

Tiffany Denny

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) “Our feelings about our body can either liberate us...

Presenter: Live Your Authentic Vibrant Life! Headshot

Live Your Authentic Vibrant Life!

Ann Blackburn w/Dan Blackburn

Join Ann & Dan Blackburn as they guide you through an exploration of your passions, and life purpose. Use your courage, curiosity...

Presenter: Self Healing with Ayurveda: The Medicine is inside you Headshot

Self Healing with Ayurveda: The Medicine is inside you

Avanti Kumar Singh, MD

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) Healing is widely thought to be something that...

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Sunday: March 24, 2019


Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

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Presenter: Yoga and Your Guts Headshot

Yoga and Your Guts

Tiffany Denny

More and more, we hear about the role gut health plays in our overall wellbeing. This workshop will include some lecture on the “how” and “why” behind centering a practice...

Presenter: Chakra Awakening: Body and Soul Headshot

Chakra Awakening: Body and Soul

Faith Hunter

Designed to ignite the physical body, stimulate the mental realm, and awaken the soul, Faith will guide you through a transformational...

Presenter: Yogic Meditation for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being Headshot

Yogic Meditation for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being

Ben Vincent

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) For thousands of years, meditation (dhyana) has...

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EMYOGA: Stress Reset

Mollie Silver

Feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Would you like to release old patterns that are no longer serving you? Want to find more joy in your life? Our energy body has a system, Triple Warmer (TW)...

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The Art of Conscious Creation

Kristi Taylor

This session is a grounded in a restorative practice, breath, guided visualization, inquiry, meditation, journal, mantra, with live music...

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Sunday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

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The Metamorphosis Get Down: Afro Beat Yoga

Leo Rising

Formally “the metamorphosis getdown” LeoRising loves a deeply sweaty and body empowering asana practice. This will be offered. But...

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EMYoga Wisdom: Aging gracefully

Lauren Walker

The goal is to die young, as old as you possibly can! As we age, things change in both our bodies and our minds. We have an opportunity, with EMYoga...

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Yoga for People Impacted by Substance and Behavioral Addictions

Nikki Myers

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) This session presents a framework for addiction relapse...

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The Art of Making Time: Untying The Knots That Keep Us Bound

Carly Brown

Is life too busy? Is there no time for self-care? Waiting for that vacation so you can finally relax? ‘The Art of Making...

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Tantric Yoga Demystified

Tanya Boigenzahn

Ready to expand, grow and shine more brilliantly in a sustainable way? Tantra is an ancient worldview that supports experiencing life as a gift and seeing the Divine in everything. In this...

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Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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Developing a Self Practice

Rhiannon Kirby

Have you ever tried to do a self practice but your dog, kids, partner, lint under the couch have you distracted? You aren't alone. In this workshop, we will dive deep...

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Shava Asana and Yoga Nidra as therapy

Indu Arora

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) Learn about the 4 stages of Yoga Nidra and the role of Shavasana in gaining deeper...

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Going Beyond Asana in Your Teaching

Molly McManus & Ann Maxwell

Using the Maps and Models of Yoga to Enhance your Services.Yoga is so much more than Asana and being able to translate and use all of the...

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Compassionate or Co- dependent: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Nikki Myers

Compassion is the heart of sustainable service. Literally translated ‘suffering with’, compassion goes beyond...

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Sunday, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Closing Ceremony with Kristi Taylor

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Hang on to the lessons learned and inspiration from the weekend, leave behind the things you intend to let go of, and join Kristi Taylor at the closing ceremony to seal the weekend.

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Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Accessibility, Asana, and the Subtle Body

Matthew Sanford

Asana is accessible to every one, but physical bodies and their abilities vary greatly. The good news is that the experience of the subtle body is universal. The issue is one of access: does the yoga teacher know how to help students gain access to the subtle body in ways that are relevant to the performance of asana. This knowledge begins with the teachers’ awareness of the subtle body in their own practices. This intensive explores ways for yoga practitioners to enhance their own experience of the subtle body. Special attention is given to insights that do not solely emphasize breath, such as alignment, precision, the role of gravity, an inward sense of direction, and realizing the ‘space’ between the muscles and the bone. Throughout the day, participants explore the seemingly paradoxical meaning of the ancient yogic adage: prana follows consciousness more than it follows breath. The goal of this workshop is help create the foundation for how the experience of the subtle body makes asana accessible to everybody while also deepening each participants personal practice. Lecture, discussion, and asana. Some asana experience is recommended. Please bring a yoga mat, a blanket, a block and a belt.

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Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Soul Family-The Power of Yoga Friendships

Marni Sclaroff & Mindy Bez

In the Buddhist Tradition, Sangha, or spiritual community, is one of the central pillars of support for the practice. Our friends become our mirrors, our support, and they become our teachers. In our spiritual friendships, we learn how to hold a space for each other to be vulnerable, to trust, and to wake up. In this workshop, we will explore the beauty of relationships that are dedicated to supporting your highest self. This workshop includes asana, meditation, group discussion, journaling, and enjoying our time together.

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Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

EMYoga Manifestation

Lauren Walker

How do you create what you want in your life? Do you really know what you really want? Finally learn the Secret behind the Secret. In this 4-hour workshop and practice you will dive deep to learn how to energetically empower your desires. You’ll learn a physical practice to help strengthen your ‘manifestation muscles’, and you’ll end the practice with a short yoga nidra, or guided meditation, to further help plant the seed of your desire into your subconscious. This experience will leave you exhilarated and focused, bringing you into a state of fluid co-creating power.

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Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Deep Roots Intensive for People of Color

James Orione

What would liberation look like without the constraints of oppressive systems? What desires could you manifest in this state of freedom? What would it mean for yourself and your community to love to your deepest roots? How can you move from a place of survival to a place of abundance? How might you connect the way you live with your desires? Deep Roots Intensive for People of Color will explore these questions in relation to your yoga practice. Through dialogue in small and large groups, asana, pranayama, mediation, guided relaxations and somatics we will explore our blocks or habits (samskaras) and cultivate ways to work with them. Deep roots intensive is a safe space for people of color that promotes empowerment, healing and connection.

“Do you already know that your existence--who and how you are--is in and of itself a contribution to the people and place around you? Not after or because you do some particular thing, but simply the miracle of your life. And that the people around you, and the place(s), have contributions as well? Do you understand that your quality of life and your survival are tied to how authentic and generous the connections are between you and the people and place you live with and in?" - Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

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Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Yoga of Nine Emotions-Rasa Sadhana

Indu Arora

(This intensive is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) As per the ancient Tantric tradition and Vedas - The Sanskrit word Rasa means “the essence of emotion” and ultimately “bliss”. The practice of developing emotional stability and equilibrium is called Rasa Sadhana. It offers us an alternative healing path and can be combined with any lineage, culture or tradition. We shall explore the 9 emotions of peace, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, love, joy, wonder and courage one by one focusing practices to strengthen the agreeable ones and learning healing practices for the less desirable ones through meditation, discussions, practice of asanas, pranayama, mantras, mudras, kriyas and much more. Let us immerse in this journey as pursuit of lasting happiness and everlasting peace. This workshop is a combination of discussions and practice. Contents: Emotions, elements, internal organs and taste. What is Rasa Sadhana. How to combine Rasa Sadhana in every day life and Yoga.

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Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Creative Sequencing for Professional Yoga Instructors

Rhiannon Kirby

This workshop has been designed to help the new to seasoned, yoga teacher or yoga professional sequence for their private or public classes. Learn how to fine tune class sequencing, re-inspire class sequencing, create smart, anatomically sound, thoughtful, focused plans for your students. In this workshop we will create mini sequences that can help support you, the teacher, in very specific in the moment situations. We will workshop through single class plans, peak pose inspired classes, the benefit of sequencing in 2 week increments to see real growth in your student(s) and the dissection of class arch's to make sure you are utilizing your class time in an efficient and influential way. Please bring a notebook and be prepared to move.

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Saturday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Energy Medicine Yoga: The Basics

Lauren Walker

Learn what Energy Medicine Yoga (EMYoga) is, how it works, why it works and how you can include it into your daily practice to transform your life. These simple EMYoga practices will help you strengthen your immune system, increase your intuition, increase your energy levels, your healing ability, your contentment and joy. This practice is simple, transformational and fits in with any style of yoga you already use. Be prepared to change your ideas of yoga and healing!

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Saturday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Presence Time: How to wake up as a ROARRIOR

Leo Rising

LeoRising is an auric field amplifier, cosmic diviner & mystic yoga teacher who specializes in the gift of Presence. He will teach you a 4 part harmony sadhana to get your body energized, breath embodied, intentions actualized, and overall posture attuned to the true force of your authentic voice, spirit, and mind so that you can lead a day fully lived aware of syncronciities fulheartedly sought & found. Some sadhanas are basic, so are absolute MAGICK!

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Saturday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Ayurvedic Nutrition + Yogic Diet

Indu Arora

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) The modern definition of diet has become limited to vegan, raw, organic, vegetarian, non-vegetarian, paleo, keto, macrobiotic, gluten free etc. What is the understanding of food in Ayurveda and what did Yogis eat? Are they are the same thing or is there a significant difference between what Yoga understands as food and what Ayurveda understands as nutrition for the sake of a healthy body and healthy mind. Does the food really need to be isolated and seen from a micro lens? Can it be simplistic yet healthy? Do we have to cook food as per every person’s Dosha at home? Let us discuss the role and principles of food as therapy in Yoga and Ayurveda. Bring in your appetite!

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Saturday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Deepen your Connection: Exploration through your Senses

Faith Hunter & Kristi Taylor

Faith Hunter and Kristi Taylor join together and invite you to nestle in for a 4.5 hour intensive for women. Along the inner journey you will taste sweetness of chocolate, inhale the delicateness of essential oils, absorb sound vibrations through healing music, affirm your intentions through mantra, feel the power of radiant energy through mudras and touch. Together we will explore the depths of your senses through sound healing, breath, meditation, mudras, mantra, journaling, movement and partner work. By creating deep human connection you will magnify your connection to self. Please bring your yoga mat, journal, pen and an open heart. All levels are welcome.

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Saturday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Intelligent Touch and Presence in Adjustments and Partnered Work

Nathan Paulus

Touch is both a fundamental and a complex way that we interact with the world and share energy with each other. In yoga practice it can be used as a way to build intelligence or to be present with someone, but more often than not the motivations are mixed. In this workshop we will discuss ethics and look at the questions of “Why am I touching this person / giving an adjustment? Where am I in this moment emotionally / physically inside myself? What am I trying to do?” Then, to explore and learn more, we will focus on techniques for improving CONNECTION. First and foremost, connection within ourselves, then with other people. We will use a variety of personal and partner exercises to work with connecting, deep listening, responsiveness, self-responsibility and intention. The practices we work on are can become tools for self-refinement in all aspects of your daily living.

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Saturday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Exploration of Sound and Resonance

Calley Bliss

Resonance - in a literal sense - is the act of vibratory motion within a physical encasement. In our culture, we commonly talk about resonance as an intuitive sense of alignment: What resonates with you? On a sensory and spiritual level we use our intuitive sense of resonance for decision-making. On an intellectual level we understand that sound frequencies carry a vibration, which travels through space and is affected by physical surroundings (acoustics), creating varying effects on auditory resonance. Listening to music and tonal frequencies, singing, and playing instruments can catalyze physiological responses which have an effect on our emotional, mental, as well as physical selves. In this workshop, we will explore the crossover of sound, body, and breath as observers and participants. Pulling concepts from western sound science, music, and yoga philosophy, please come ready to listen deeply, and play with experiential practice using the chamber of the body as a vessel for resonant sound, and intuitive movement. We will connect the dots between the spirit of vibration, and the importance of vessel to create powerful, audible resonance.

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Saturday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Emotional Balance with EMYOGA

Alyson Iannicelli

Unprocessed emotions are believed to be the #1 cause of dis-ease in the body. Our emotions rapidly change moment to moment and in a fast-paced life, your emotional well-being can often be ignored or put on hold. There’s never an “easy” time to process suppressed emotions, but with EMYoga, it can feel easy. In this session, learn how to find your emotional center through the ebbs and flows of your daily life with a simple EMYoga routine that you can do on, or off, your mat. Discover your primary element, according to the Five Element energy system, and how to work with this system through EMYoga to help release and reset stuck emotions to create harmony within.

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Saturday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Anatomy, Asana and Adjustments

Tanya Boigenzahn

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) Join Tanya in this experiential, engaging mini-breakdown of the psoas muscle from a Yoga Therapy perspective. Learn ways it fails to function properly in backhanding and forward bending, as well as how it interacts with other muscles like the adductors, transverse abdominals, diaphragm, and pelvic floor for our base of stability. Learn how the psoas is used in certain asanas and other yogic practices to support both stability as well as flexibility, and is used as a bridge between the ground and the rest of the body. We’ll lean into the art of how to really “see” students to help take your practice and teaching to a new level of intuitive awareness. Students will explore cueing suggestions and hands-on adjustments to help promote consciousness and awareness in your students’ bodies to honor the psoas. The more yogic tools at your disposal, the more flexibility you'll have in adapting to the unique circumstances and predilections of each of your students. This is an interactive workshop, and is for yoga teachers and yoga therapists who seek more wisdom in the classroom and/or in private sessions, especially in relation to understanding the psoas. Come prepared for discussion, asana lab, and practice teaching to apply what you are learning.

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Saturday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Expand Your Teaching with Techniques and Tools for Privates Sessions

Molly McManus & Ann Maxwell

Learn simple techniques from SomaYoga Methodology to help serve your students in private sessions. Learn the use of several therapeutic props to reduce student's pain and discomfort and enhance your students proproception, interoception and wellbeing.

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Saturday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Deepen your Connection: Exploration through your Senses cont'd

Faith Hunter & Kristi Taylor

Faith Hunter and Kristi Taylor join together and invite you to nestle in for a 4.5 hour intensive for women. Along the inner journey you will taste sweetness of chocolate, inhale the delicateness of essential oils, absorb sound vibrations through healing music, affirm your intentions through mantra, feel the power of radiant energy through mudras and touch. Together we will explore the depths of your senses through sound healing, breath, meditation, mudras, mantra, journaling, movement and partner work. By creating deep human connection you will magnify your connection to self. Please bring your yoga mat, journal, pen and an open heart. All levels are welcome.

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Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Awakening Kundalini

Nicole Nardone

Kundalini is the primal, raw evolutionary force. It is rising in the world, in the earth, and in our bodies. As this force rises, it transforms everything it touches. It heals. It reveals. It purifies, clarifies and enlivens. Its ultimate purpose is evolution, awakening and union with all that is. This largely untapped internal resource is being called forth in all of us at this time in our world. The kundalini is a powerful force that when awakened, can amplify our healing, transformation, creativity and so much more. The yogis describe the kundalini as a dormant or semi-dormant energy resting at the base of the spine. It contains your potential, the seeds of your fullest life and truest self. It is a great primal power that can fuel your spiritual growth, your work, your health, and all aspects of your life. In this class, we’ll dive into practices to awaken the kundalini force within our own bodies in a safe and gentle way. Using the technology of Kundalini yoga, meditation, mantra, and more, we cultivate a balanced nervous system and glandular system. This allows for an activation and movement of the kundalini energy through the body that is integrated and complete. The creative pulse of life that moves through all things, moves also through you. Let it rise through the spine, lighting the rainbow as it goes, crowning you as one with all that is.

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Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Yoga & Racial Justice: Deeper Dive

James Orione

The deeper dive is a continuation of Yoga and Racial justice. This workshop builds on concept of spiritual bypassing and explores how implicit bias and microaggressions impedes the oneness, community building, and connections we seek.

We will work through these topics by becoming present and embodied through asana, pranayama, and meditation. After our practice we will dive deeper in large and small group conversations, self-study, and action steps that we can integrate into our lives and practice.

Yoga is about oneness and how we relate and connect to it. The deeper dive explores the concept of svadhyaya (self study) to explore or discover bias and prejudice we hold that is subconscious. When we are not ready or prepared to face these parts of ourselves we have a tendency to meet them with avoidance. Coming to practice yoga and walking out of the door feeling bliss but not really digging into social issues that impact your community and society as a whole.

Yoga and race are connected for many different reasons but one that stands out is truth. The conversation reveals truth(Satya). This truth could present itself in many different ways. I am a person who has experienced/continues to experience racism in my daily life how does this impact me as a yoga practitioner? I am a yoga practitioner who has had limited/no opportunities to discuss race or racial justice where do I start? I am a yoga practitioner and I want to take action. Regardless of where you are on this journey digging deeper in a safe space and viewing this through a yogic lens can be beneficial to all.

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Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Clinical Components in Therapeutic Assessment

Avanti Kumar Singh, MD

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) While the biomedical model is excellent for acute, crisis-based intervention, it is less effective for chronic conditions and disease prevention. Through a lens of “yoga as medicine”, using the models of yoga therapy and Ayurveda integrated with the biomedical model is a powerful approach to help people heal and for prevention of disease. In this compelling and interactive workshop, Dr. Avanti Kumar-Singh draws upon her 20+ years of experience in Western medicine and traditional healing systems to discuss how to effectively use the models and tools of yoga and Ayurveda in therapeutic assessment. Combining patient case-studies with research, she provides a framework for yoga teachers and therapists who want to expand their knowledge to improve the health of their students and clients.

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Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Yoga for Equanimity

Ben Vincent

Change is the nature of the world we live in, yet it is the nature of humans to seek that which last. All too often, we allow our inner state to be determined by change in the world around us- the season, politics, other people, etc. To find lasting peace, yogis know that cultivating a calm steady mind. Through lecture and practice, this workshop will explore experientially the yogic understanding of the mind, and how to practice and live in a way that brings peace

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Saturday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

ELEVATE: Vinyasa from Surviving to Thriving

Nick Bez

Regardless of your background or baggage, yoga is one of the oldest and most beneficial practices for elevating you from the experience of surviving to that of thriving, and yoga instigators Nick Bez and DJ Omaur Bliss are no strangers to the process. From their travels and teaching they know that it takes more than one-liners and platitudes to pull back the curtain on presence and the power and possibility that come with it, so they have fused their passion for yoga philosophies and vinyasa worthy beats to create a full body and being exploration of elevating oneself. You will be provided an opportunity to explore how you do what you do, how to make stronger that which supports you, and how to short-circuit that which does not. Please note that you may leave this session feeling awesome, smiling at strangers, and looking to hug someone.

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Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Art of Letting Go: Exploring Vairagya (detachment)

Carly Brown

Dive deep into exploring one of Yoga’s central concepts and one of our hardest things to do: Letting Go. We will look at how to let go on a physical level, using tools like yoga postures, breath work and meditation as well as letting go from a mental/emotional level using the liberating teachings of Vairagya from hatha yoga. We will learn that letting go is not a stand-alone practice but truly a beautiful balance of releasing what creates suffering and moving towards what brings us peace. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with a deeper understanding of detachment so that you can apply these practices in day-to-day life and save yourself from unnecessary worry, pain and suffering. Learning The Art of Letting Go will empower you to navigate in your world with peace and contentment.

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Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

An Introduction to Trauma, PTSD, and Yoga

Matthew Sanford

Trauma and post-traumatic stress lie on a continuum. Everyone experiences it in one form or another. Luckily for most of us, it does not profoundly impact the quality of our lives and rise up to the level of a disorder. This two-hour workshop explores the effect that trauma has on the mind-body relationship and how yoga – and in particular asana – might help to remedy such effects. Often trauma survivors experience a sense of mind-body disconnection, a sense of inward receding, a loss of expansion, and a profound loss of grounding, balance, and rhythm. This workshop explores the practical and experiential effects that trauma has on the mind-body relationship and thus how yoga might aid in the process of healing. This session is intended for everyone, not just people wanting to teach people living with PTSD. Lecture and asana.

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Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Embody Love: A Transformational Program for ALL Women

Tiffany Denny

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) “Our feelings about our body can either liberate us into purposeful action or block us from the privilege of contributing to the world around us.” - Dr. Melody Moore, Founder of Embody Love Movement™ This is a workshop based in the curriculum of Embody Love Movement™ about uncovering our own truth around the ways we are affected by and contribute to a culture and media that values looks over actions and sales over well-being. How often do you hear or see body shaming, stories of “not-enoughness,” criticism, and comparison from your friends, daughters, teachers, the media, or maybe even yourself? If you notice these issues coming up more than you’d like, this is an opportunity to learn where it comes from and how to disrupt these patterns in favor of acceptance, forgiveness, kindness, and love. Embody Love Movement™ is a social profit organization founded in 2011, with a mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world. We accomplish that mission through transformational, experiential programs like this workshop. I am currently the Executive Director of Embody Love Movement, and love sharing this work that has been a game-changer in my own life. I hope you will join me!

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Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Live Your Authentic Vibrant Life!

Ann Blackburn w/Dan Blackburn

Join Ann & Dan Blackburn as they guide you through an exploration of your passions, and life purpose. Use your courage, curiosity, and creativity on this journey to realize your superpowers, become aware of limiting beliefs that get in your way and create new powerful practices for living your Authentic Vibrant Life! You will also get clear about your true priorities in life to find YOUR balance and create a plan with support structures for continued success. Bring a list of 25 things that you would like to experience in your lifetime. event:

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Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Self Healing with Ayurveda: The Medicine is inside you

Avanti Kumar Singh, MD

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) Healing is widely thought to be something that happens after going to the doctor and taking a pill or having a test, procedure or surgery. This is based on the belief that “following the doctor’s orders” is the best way to get rid of a cough, control diabetes, or to shrink a tumor. In this compelling and interactive workshop, Dr. Avanti Kumar-Singh shows that "healing is an inside job"... that the medicine we need to heal is already within each of us. Integrating real-life examples with knowledge from her 20+ year journey to train in and experience a variety of healing traditions and modalities, she shares simple, actionable steps to help unleash your innate healing power using Ayurveda. In this workshop, Avanti shows you: How Ayurveda supports vibrant health and the 5 self-healing strategies you can begin to implement immediately. Why it’s important to focus on adding positive habits that encourage health...rather than on eliminating habits that cause illness. How to use your symptoms and the Counter-Balance Solution™ to move toward health. Why you are not what you eat. 5 healing spices you probably already have in your spice “medicine” box and creative ways to use them.

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Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Yoga and Your Guts

Tiffany Denny

More and more, we hear about the role gut health plays in our overall wellbeing. This workshop will include some lecture on the “how” and “why” behind centering a practice around our guts, from immune function, to stress relief, to improved digestion and elimination, to pelvic floor function, to hip and low back health. Woven through this information will be practices you can take home and tailor to your own needs!

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Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Chakra Awakening: Body and Soul

Faith Hunter

Designed to ignite the physical body, stimulate the mental realm, and awaken the soul, Faith will guide you through a transformational experience honoring the natural flow of energy based on the Chakras. Chakras are energy centers that serve as pathways to awaken and rebalance the body, mind and soul. When these areas are blocked, we are unable to move and function effortlessly in life. Within the workshop, you will feel rooted, strengthen and nourished through a series of yoga movements, breathing techniques, kyriyas, mudras, mantras, and personal intentions.

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Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

Yogic Meditation for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being

Ben Vincent

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) For thousands of years, meditation (dhyana) has been at the heart of Yoga. Even as Hatha Yoga (postures, breathwork, relaxation) has become very popular, yogic meditation has largely been forsaken. Amidst the rigors of modern life, Its timeless teachings and practices are as relevant as ever. Dhyana offers us a time-tested path for finding peace, resolving stress and suffering, and realizing the greater potentials of human life. Yogic meditation utilizes the body, energy, mind and heart to: Calm, clarify and illumine the mind. Support emotional equanimity and healing. Balance the nervous system and prana Empower will (icca), knowledge (jnana) and action (kriya) shakti. Awaken the heart as love, compassion and wisdom. This will shop will include seated meditation, moderate movement and breathwork, lecture and Q + A. You will: Learn traditional postures and breathing practices to prepare for meditation. Learn the process of yogic meditation, and its place in the yoga tradition. Experience essential techniques of yogic meditation: 1) Witness Consciousness 2) Mantra (sacred sound) 3) Kriya: (Active meditation using breathwork, mantra and visualization) Learn tools for starting, deepening and/or overcoming obstacles to mediation practice. Receive recordings of the meditations to support your home practice

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Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

EMYOGA: Stress Reset

Mollie Silver

Feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Would you like to release old patterns that are no longer serving you? Want to find more joy in your life? Our energy body has a system, Triple Warmer (TW), that is responsible for keeping us alive. Since this is its priority, Triple Warmer can steal energy from almost every other energy system in your body causing a pattern of stress. These patterns can show up as disease, pain, autoimmune illness, or other chronic imbalances that just won’t shift because TW has formed this energy habit. Learn to recognize and befriend this system, utilize EMYoga techniques to rebalance the fight or flight hormones, and repattern the stress response in the body. Learn to access and activate the pathways of joy, to move from stressed to blessed!

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Sunday, 8:00am - 10:00am

The Art of Conscious Creation

Kristi Taylor

This session is a grounded in a restorative practice, breath, guided visualization, inquiry, meditation, journal, mantra, with live music.

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Sunday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

The Metamorphosis Get Down: Afro Beat Yoga

Leo Rising

Formally “the metamorphosis getdown” LeoRising loves a deeply sweaty and body empowering asana practice. This will be offered. But, more importantly he loves to remedy seriousness of his mood, mentality with groovy mantras & ecstatic DANCE! LeoRising would like to share some fundamental and accessible AfroBeat dance moves that he fit into a physical yoga practices as experienced in New York City. With every move comes a vibrant history of the technique that infused vital cultural & spiritual bonding.

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Sunday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

EMYoga Wisdom: Aging gracefully

Lauren Walker

The goal is to die young, as old as you possibly can! As we age, things change in both our bodies and our minds. We have an opportunity, with EMYoga, to support some of the systems in the body that weaken most as we age. It’s not about reversing the clock. We celebrate every stage of life! It’s about supporting and strengthening vulnerable systems so we can maintain our strength, flexibility, suppleness and power; as well as increasing the wisdom of the body and the mind. You’ll leave this class feeling great!

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Sunday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Yoga for People Impacted by Substance and Behavioral Addictions

Nikki Myers

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) This session presents a framework for addiction relapse prevention that includes the cognitive approach of the 12-step program, the trauma healing approach of Somatic Experiencing and the body/mind based approaches offered by yoga therapy and mindfulness practices. Utilizing material from ancient texts, trauma research as well as information and data from modern neuroscience studies, we will explore how combining cognitive and somatic approaches supports changes in brain patterning. This integrated framework, presents a holistic addiction relapse prevention model that supports compassionate awareness, deep-rooted change and healing.

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Sunday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

The Art of Making Time: Untying The Knots That Keep Us Bound

Carly Brown

Is life too busy? Is there no time for self-care? Waiting for that vacation so you can finally relax? ‘The Art of Making Time’ is designed to support you to make the transition from looking at life as an outer struggle of obligations, responsibilities and ‘racing the clock’ to greeting each day with gratitude and embracing life and all that comes your way. We will look at the ways we are validated to stay busy (and exhausted) and examine how our own/societal expectations & obligations keep us living in a constant state of catch up mode. This workshop goes to the depth of understanding Kama (binding desires) and how these desires (consciously or unconsciously) drive our behaviours. It will allow you to reflect upon the pillars in which you want to build your life around, bringing you more space, time and purpose in your life. Includes: asana, pranayama, meditation, soul prompting questions for journaling and group discussion.

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Sunday, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Tantric Yoga Demystified

Tanya Boigenzahn

Ready to expand, grow and shine more brilliantly in a sustainable way? Tantra is an ancient worldview that supports experiencing life as a gift and seeing the Divine in everything. In this workshop, we explore questions such as: What is Tantra, and how is it different from Yoga? Why is Tantra so important in the 21st century? What does the role of sensuality and desire play in Tantra? How does Tantra complement Yoga, Ayurveda, and other forms of healing? Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, Tantric Yoga helps invest in your personal practice and accelerate your process to Self Mastery. Tantra also offers the perfect balance between intellectual and experiential learning, and aims to empower us to put our knowledge to work in the world around us - both on the mat and off. Come help learn the tools to help you grow brighter and be a source of light in the world! Come prepared for discussion then experiential practice. All levels welcome!

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Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Developing a Self Practice

Rhiannon Kirby

Have you ever tried to do a self practice but your dog, kids, partner, lint under the couch have you distracted? You aren't alone. In this workshop, we will dive deep into shedding the road blocks to self practice. You will be given all the tools you need to start or grow a yoga practice at home, on the road, anywhere or anytime. Beginning or strengthening a self practice of yoga can be a great way to maintain and deepen your yoga practice while creating a self care routine. It can be whatever you want or need it to be, it can begin and end any time, it can be a length of your choice, it can support your mood, tune you into your physical needs and be a life long tool to connect you to you. Mindful approaches to create, anatomically safe, smart and accessible mini or full classes that support just where you are an ultimate goal for this workshop. Please bring a journal or notebook and be ready to move.

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Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Shava Asana and Yoga Nidra as therapy

Indu Arora

(This workshop is part of the Yoga Therapy Track.) Learn about the 4 stages of Yoga Nidra and the role of Shavasana in gaining deeper understanding and enriching Yoga Nidra. Soak the benefits of giving your body and mind a 45 minutes Shavasana to ensure systematic, deep, precise and progressive state of relaxation and rejuvenation. Shavasana literally means the corpse position. The purpose of this position is to allow for deep rest, healing and rejuvenation of body and mind. It is not just a 5-minute relaxation. It is a precise, conscious and step-by-step approach that prepares the body and mind for higher states of awareness and Yoga Nidra as such. Bring an unscented eye pillow, prayer shawl (or blanket to cover the body), avoid wearing any strong perfumes or essential oils.

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Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Going Beyond Asana in Your Teaching

Molly McManus & Ann Maxwell

Using the Maps and Models of Yoga to Enhance your Services.Yoga is so much more than Asana and being able to translate and use all of the many gifts of this tradition can greatly enhance your abilities and service as a yoga teacher or yoga therapist. Learn to use the Pancha Maya Kosha Model, 6 Pillars of Yoga and the Ashtanga Eight Fold Path in your teaching and private sessions.

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Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Compassionate or Co- dependent: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Nikki Myers

Compassion is the heart of sustainable service. Literally translated ‘suffering with’, compassion goes beyond feeling another’s suffering to actively mitigating it. Codependence has been defined as ‘the dis-ease of the lost self’. It becomes problematic when we consciously or subconsciously seek something outside as a way to sidestep looking inside. The line between the two can be fuzzy and confusing. When service or activism comes from codependence it becomes what Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa calls ‘Idiot Compassion’ or compassion with neurosis. Even though good intentions may be at its core, compassion steeped in codependence becomes unskillful and ultimately damaging.True compassion balances concern and wisdom.When we find ourselves trying to fix another person or needing to help for our own sense of identity – it’s codependence not compassion. Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield stresses that true compassion only comes through deep self-acceptance. This session explores codependence, compassion and self-acceptance.

IAYT

The International Association of Yoga Therapists

IAYT supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. Our mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.

Founded in 1989, IAYT has consistently championed yoga as a healing art and science. Membership is open to yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, health care practitioners who use yoga in their practice, and yoga researchers. School membership is open to schools with yoga therapy training programs.

As of late 2017, IAYT has over 5,600 individual members from over 50 countries, and over 185 member schools. There are also 28 IAYT accredited yoga therapy training programs, with over 21 under review.

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