When someone is invited by THE CONFERENCE board to present key-notes or shorter lectures and classes, they interact with you in the audience and debate with each other on stage. They are invited because we share a vision, values and interest.
Mostly we do not start as friends, but often we end up as friends.
dr. Stephan Porges (USA)
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is the originator of the Poly-vagal Theory and has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines.
He is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium.
He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioural & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award.
dr. Ganesh Mohan (SGP)
Ganesh Mohan, son of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained from childhood in yoga and other related traditional studies. He is a doctor, having trained in both modern medicine and Ayurveda.
He is the co-author of Yoga Therapy, Krishnamacharya, and Yoga Reminder. He directs the Svastha Yoga Therapy and Teacher Training programs as well as other trainings internationally.
Lisa Kaley Isley (UK)
Lisa Kaley-Isley has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in the United States since 1992, and was first introduced to yoga in 1993.
Since 2004, she has been bridging her knowledge of psychology and yoga to provide yoga therapy to individuals struggling with the everyday stresses of life, mild to severe anxiety and depression, and the concomitant physical and psycho-emotional challenges of coping with acute and chronic medical illness.
dr. Sue Carter (USA)
Dr. Sue Carter is Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University. A career biologist, Carter has studied the endocrinology of love and social bonds for more than three decades. She was the first person to detect and define the physiology of monogamy through her research on the prairie vole. These findings helped lay the foundation for the studies of behavioral and developmental effects of oxytocin and vasopressin in humans.
Carter joined the Kinsey Institute as director in the fall of 2014, making her just the seventh in the institute’s history. In this role, Carter has expanded the Kinsey Institute’s mission to include an emphasis on the science of love, nurture, and well-being across the lifespan.
Marlysa Sulivan (USA)
Marlysa Sullivan is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
For over 15 years her clinical work has focused on the integration of yoga therapy into physical therapy care working with chronic pain, orthopaedic and neurological conditions. She has been involved in research on yoga therapy for dementia, sickle cell disease and arthritis. Her current research focuses on the explanatory and theoretical framework of yoga therapy for its integration into healthcare and research contexts.
Salmaan Sana (NL)
Leigh Blashki (AUS)
Leigh has practiced yoga and meditation since 1968 and was the Founder of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy Leigh is often described as the ‘father of yoga therapy in Australia’ and is sort-after presenter nationally and internationally. He is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Certified iRest® Teacher and certification supervisor and has over 40 years’ experience as a Yoga and meditation teacher.
He has served on IAYT Standards, Accreditation and Certification Committees and is a past-president of Yoga Australia. Leigh is passionate about sharing the non-dual teachings that underpin iRest® and is the Associate Director – Australasia for the iRest Institute. His teachers have included: Sri Yogendra, Swami Gitananda, A.G. Mohan and Dr Richard Miller. In 2013 he was conferred an IAYT Presidential Award for “extraordinary service to the field of yoga therapy” and in 2017 received their Yoga Therapy Seva Award.
Anneke Sips (NL)
Anneke Sips is a Registered Nurse and work in psychiatry since 1998. She is one of the first accredited yoga therapists in Europe (C-IAYT) and the founder of Network Yoga Therapy and The Yoga Therapy Conference in Amsterdam.
She specialises in trauma, change management, burn-out and psychosis. She designs and offers therapeutic yoga programs online and in-person and is a bridge builder in the field of Yoga Therapy for mental health in The Netherlands.
Theo Wildcroft is a yoga teacher and scholar at the forefront of the movement for trauma sensitivity, diversity and inclusion. Her PhD research considers the democratization of yoga post-lineage, and the many different ways yoga communities are responding to concerns about safety in practice. She blogs and writes articles on yoga, on social justice, on hope, and on untold stories, consults with major yoga organisations, and guests on teacher trainings.
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“The Master said,“A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive,
and is also able to understand the present.”
(Analects 2.11) ― Confucius