THE YOGA THERAPY 

CONFERENCE 2019

THE PROGRAM


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More names and presentations will be added all the time.

ON FRIDAY

PROF. STEPHAN PORGES (USA)

Love, Trust, and Trauma: Insights from the Polyvagal Theory (PVT) with dr. Stephan Porges Ph.D.  (Keynote)

The presentation will explain how our biological imperative is reflected in the quality of our social interactions, ability to trust another, and to experience intimacy. Polyvagal Theory will we used to explain how human responses to trauma are devastating and compromise subsequent social behavior and emotion regulation. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the “hardwired” response to life threat, may demystify these debilitating consequences. The Polyvagal Theory provides a plausible explanation of how trauma disrupts homeostatic physiological processes and social behavior and how treatments providing neural exercises such as Yoga might remediate these problems. 

dr. Stephan Porges Ph.D. is the originator of the Poly-vagal Theory and has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines.

what is polyvagal theory?


MARLYSA SULLIVAN (USA)

Yoga Therapy and Polyvagal Theory (PVT): Convergence of ancient wisdom and neuroscience for connection, compassion and eudaimonia

How does yoga therapy help to cultivate qualities such as connection, compassion, equanimity and joy? What are the “active ingredients” through which yoga can catalyze these qualities? Are these naturally emerging and/or how do we focus the practice for the cultivation of these qualities? In this session we will explore the philosophical foundation of yoga through concepts such as dharma, yama and niyama and gunas. These ideas will be related to current scientific though regarding mind-body practices to utilize both top-down neurocognitive and bottom-up neurophysiological processes for regulation and resilience of the system for optimal health and well-being. In particular, the relationship between yoga therapy foundational principles and polyvagal theory will be elucidated.Through both lecture and experiential practices we will delve into ethical inquiry through the yamas and niyamas, meditation, breathing practices and movement. The potential for yoga to facilitate a natural emergence of connection, compassion, equanimity and joy will be explored. The participant will have the opportunity to consider yoga therapy’s explanatory framework based on its philosophical foundations and its integration with current scientific thought for the promotion of healthy physical, psychological and behavioral states in optimal well-being. 

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, orthopedic and neurological conditions.

read more about this parallel between the neural platforms of PVT and the gunas of yoga


LEIGH BLASHKI (AUS)

Connection through your true nature

Amidst the bust-ness of establishing oneself as a yoga therapist it is important that yoga therapists regularly take pause for some self-inquiry into what their underlying motivations or intentions are for being a yoga therapy professional.

Questions such as:

  • What is it we truly offer as a yoga therapist?
  • Who is the therapist?
  • Are we present in our practise of yoga therapy?
  • How do we show up as a yoga therapist?

This is an important touch-stone for professionals to re-visit from time to time to help ‘keep the yoga in the yoga therapist’.  This can be supported by an ongoing commitment to a type of svadhyaya, whereby the yoga therapist goes ‘within’ to sit with her/his essential nature, to distil her/his core values and purpose that inform the practitioner’s sankalpa for their life as a yoga therapist. In this session Leigh will guide attendees into a self-inquiry relating to their deepest motivations and purpose related to their true nature, along with an inquiry into what it means to be a ‘yoga’ therapist. As well as being a ‘led’ meditation, it will also encourage attendees to incorporate a similar self-reflection into their life as a regular part of their role as a yoga therapist.

Leigh was the Founder of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. 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. Leigh is passionate about sharing the non-dual teachings that underpin iRest® and is the Associate Director – Australasia for the iRest Institute.


TIME

The Yoga Therapy conference day 1

MAY 10, 2019

08.30 AM

Doors Open


09.30 - 09.45 AM

Mantra Meditation

Anneke Sips (NL)

09.45 - 10.00 AM

Welcome and Let's Connect

Anneke Sips and Salmaan Sana (NL)

10.00 - 11.00 AM

Poly-vagal Theory in Human Connection

Keynote: dr. Stephan Porges (USA)

11.00 - 11.20 AM

Poly-vagal Theory Q&A

dr. Stephan Porges (USA) and Marlysa Sulivan (USA)

11.20 - 11.40 AM

Short Break


11.40 - 12.40 PM

Poly-vagal Theory and the Gunas

Lecture: Marlysa Sulivan (USA)

12.40 - 12.50 PM

Title Announced Soon

to be announced

12.50 - 14.20 PM

Lunch


14.20 - 15.10 PM

Title Announced Soon

Leigh Blashki (AUS)

15.10 - 15.30 PM

Title Announced Soon

Inspirational Talk

15.30 - 15.50 PM

Short Break


15.50 - 16.00 PM

The Future of Care is Conscious

Intro

16.00 - 16.45 PM

The Future of Care is Conscious (and the role of yoga)

Circle Discussion with dr Sarah Durston and collegues

16.45 - 17.00 PM

Closing Circle

Salmaan Sana (NL) and Anneke Sips (NL)

Stay after five, for a drink and a chat.
Also, make sure you check the Therapeutic Yoga Classes

TIME

The Yoga Therapy conference day 2

MAY 11, 2019

08.30 AM

Doors Open


09.30 - 09.45 AM

Mantra Meditation

to be announced

09.45 - 10.00 AM

The future of Human Connection in Yoga Therapy

Opening lecture by Anneke

10.00 - 11.00 AM

Oxytocin in Human Connection

Keynote: dr. Sue Carter (USA)

11.00 - 11.30 AM

Oxytocin, Human Connection and Yoga Therapy: Q&A and case study

dr. Sue Carter , Lisa Kaley Isley (UK) and guest

11.30 - 11.50 AM

Short Break


11.50 - 12.50 PM

Personalised Practice: do we still need  Human Connection?

dr. Ganesh Mohan (SGP)

12.50 - 14.20 PM

Lunch


14.20 - 14.30 PM

Connecting Activity

to be announced

14.30 - 15.45 PM

Discussion on Yoga Therapy (theme to be announced)

Conversation between colleagues from The Netherlands, SGP, UK, USA, Japan and other countries and you in the audience

15.30 - 15.50 PM

Short Break


15.50 - 16.35 PM

Inspirational Talk

Theodora Wildcroft (UK)

16.35 - 16.50 PM

The Future of Yoga Therapy

to be announced

16.50 - 17.00 PM

Closing Circle

Anneke Sips

Stay after five, for a drink and a chat.
Also, make sure you check the Therapeutic Yoga Classes