2017 SYTAR Wrap Up
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"In moments of transcendence, when time stands still, your biological clock will stop. The spirit is that domain of our awareness where there is no time."  ~Deepak Chopra

For a few days in June, a group of yogis may just have experienced one of those moments!

What some of our attendees shared:

  • Oh my goodness, my head and heart are still spinning with all the goodness. All I can say is that there was no word wasted and every minute of learning from each of them was so appreciated.

  • This was my first SYTAR as a yoga-therapist-trainee. It was wonderful to be with my tribe, to be with other yoga therapists, and to hear about the direction that yoga therapy is taking.

  • I enjoyed being with like minded spirits all with the intention of healing and transforming the lives of the people we work with. It was inspirational and validating.

  • The most important thing I learned is that I know way more than I have given myself credit for in relation to approaching medical professionals and how I should proceed to help inspire more medical professionals to consider incorporating Therapeutic Yoga into their tool kit to assist their patients who are navigating life with chronic pain, stress, and mobility issues.

  • For some reason I had expected that my third SYTAR just couldn't be a good as the last ones. I was dead wrong. It was a terrific conference. 

About the presenters and presentations:

  • Thank you for providing a well blended balance of science, yoga philosophy and business approaches to getting Yoga Therapy into the mainstream of health care delivery models. 
  • Sense of community. Knowledgeable passionate presenters. In true yogic tradition, I feel empowered. 

  • I learned so much and feel very much "opened up" from my time with these presenters/teachers.

  • Inspiring, thought provoking, informative. Very good, diverse selection of speakers and I gained from hearing each presentation.

About the Common Interest Community Sessions:

  • The session was powerful, inspiring, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once to hear 6 different presenters' different involvements with the cancer community.
  • Golly, each presenter was informed, engaging, informative, prepared, and passionate about sharing their knowledge. I would have loved more time learning from each of them. I also LOVED the case-study surprise at the end!!! That is one of the most valuable opportunities to get us all thinking, collaborating, inspiring...WOW! :D I texted my husband right after the CIC morning and said "I've already gotten more than expected in this short time!!!" 
  • I gained amazing information during the Careers/Business CIC I attended, and this was a highlight of the conference for me.

About the conference organization and location:

  • Also, the conference was well-organized! I know this is no easy task, and I appreciate the effort and behind the scenes work that went into putting this conference together. Great job! 
  • I loved the hotel and the setting. It was very thoughtfully organized and everyone was helpful. I know how much planning and effort all of this took and I am deeply grateful for such a valuable experience.

Recommendations for improvement:

  • I'd love it if these were all geared to help us become better at working with clients and understanding body mechanics. I'll be more careful choosing (sessions) next time as well.
  • I feel that there was some effort to include content other than U.S., but that there is some way to go on this. I am not sure if speakers from the U.S, hear themselves and how it can be so heavily relative to U.S only. Language is so important.
  • I would have loved a time to connect with others in attendance. We were always rushing off to the next session while trying to get a snack or bathroom break or purchasing a book.

There were many other excellent comments and suggestions.  The SYTAR Management team will review each one and do whatever is possible to make SYTAR 2018 an even more transformative experience!