2018 CIC Call for Proposals
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SYTAR 2018 

Common Interest Community 

Call for Proposals


Yoga therapy ideas worth sharing!

Call for proposals is now open.  Submission deadline is February 23.

Continuing for SYTAR 2018

For our third year, instead of PowerPoint lectures,  2018 will continue the CIC model begun in 2016 with presentations being 12-minute oral presentations (no slides/power points) to a circle of community participants in four of the six community sessions.

Following the presentation, the group then discusses your idea for 6 minutes, with the intention of "sharing” as a community their resources rather than "declaring” i.e., I’ll send you that study”, "We have a brochure that works”, etc. vs. someone dominating the circle by "teaching” that circle what they know (you know who we mean!). 

The presenter then shifts to another circle while the group in the circle awaits a new presenter.  Your presentation will be made six times in all. This allows for more active, personal interaction and contribution than a large one-time audience share.

Your purpose as a presenter is to share your work/practice/idea that works and is relevant to the CIC’s focus. In return, you meet others that share your interest and receive constructive comments/resources back from your peers.  All attendees should leave the CIC session with many ideas that may help them in their own work or stimulate new programming possibilities.  All attendees should also gain many new professional colleagues to celebrate with for the remainder of the symposium, and for future sharing and collaboration.  


We are seeking well-written and intriguing proposals of a successful yoga therapy idea or resource that works and is worth sharing with others.   All proposals will be evaluated by the session chairs for the specific interest community.  Six individuals will be chosen in each category to present their work - with two back-up alternate presenters.  All chosen summaries will be published in the conference program guide and later, published on the IAYT journal hosting site as a supplement to the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.   Proposals are not edited and not subject to change after submission, so be sure your proposal is final


  • You must be a current IAYT member and log in your profile to submit a proposal
  • Individual presenters only (no co-presenters will be accepted)
  • SYTAR 2018 presenters in either the afternoon or morning sessions are not eligible to submit proposals to the CIC sessions.
  • You may submit up to 2 proposals (in the same or different categories), however you may only present one.  If both proposals are accepted, IAYT reserves the right to determine which proposal will be presented.
  • No support is provided for CIC presenters, but your name and proposal title are shown in the final program guide. 


Important dates:
  • Proposal submission deadline: February 23, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: March 27, 2018
  • Presenter's registration deadline: April17, 2018


  • If selected, you are welcome to prepare handouts to be shared with the attendees. 
  • All handouts will be posted on the conference website for attendees to access.
  • All handouts must be submitted in legible pdf format to SYTAR Conference Manager by May 15 so they can be uploaded to the conference website by June 1. 

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  Accepted CIC Proposals from SYTAR 2017


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OF NOTE for SYTAR 2018:

As the CIC program grows and matures, there are modifications that are being implemented to support continued opportunities for attendees to have the best, most impactful experience possible.  With that in mind, this year two of the sessions have been redefined.  Therefore, no call for proposals will be open for CIC #1 or CIC #4.  See details below.

CIC #1 “Interprofessional Sutras: Healthy Conversations as the Fabric that Unites” for rehab professionals will be an interactive full day (9 am to 5 pm) session.  Based on the past two years, Co-chairs, Matthew Taylor and Staffan Elgelid have created a program that will feature lecture, panel discussions, and primarily fun break out practice sessions with other professionals where you will practice your interprofessional “sutra-ing” with persons from other professions to create good will and good communication around pain management from case studies and real students.

CIC #4 Workshop on Defining Yoga Therapy and Assessment Tools will be from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm and will be an interactive CIC workshop where Co-chairs, Amy Wheeler and Marlysa Sullivan will present a shared definition of yoga therapy & Scope of Practice and how it informs the assessment tools we use. Group facilitators with expertise in specific areas have been identified to help guide participants in the development of key take-aways to use and share in their practices upon returning home.


We are pleased to acknowledge the continued support of Matthew Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, former president of IAYT, and originator of the CIC sessions, for his continued support and leadership in developing these sessions.  We also wish to acknowledge Tom Peterson of Thunderheadworks.com for his insight and advice for using Liberated Structures. Tom is now the new IAYT Communications Consultant.