Plenary Speakers
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SYTAR 2016 has invited...
key members of our community to share their insights
during the plenary sessions open to all attendees.


Friday morning:

David Fogel, MD  -  Integrating Iyengar Yoga Therapy into Primary Care - Successes and Challenges at Casey Health Institute

David Fogel is board certified in Internal Medicine with additional specialty training in mind/body-focused individual and group psychotherapy. As an Internist he served in the National Health Service Corps and on the staff of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, providing primary care to medically underserved inner city Baltimore residents. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Casey Health Institute (CHI), a public, non-profit, Integrative primary care center in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Casey Health Institute is pioneering a "conscious” model of healthcare using a highly collaborative team of practitioners trained in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Psychology, Massage, Reiki, Nutrition, and Yoga Therapy.  Casey Health is also on the national forefront of Integrative centers implementing a value based, population health business model to allow access to high quality Integrative care across a broad socioeconomic spectrum of the community they serve.

Judith K. Broida, PhD  -  The Role of Graduate Education in the Field of Yoga Therapy

Judith is the former Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Maryland University for Integrative Health.  She joined Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) as Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2008. In October 2009, she was appointed the additional post of Provost, and in 2010 was promoted to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Previously she served as Associate Provost and Dean of Professional Studies at the University of Maryland; as Associate Dean of Public Policy, Planning, and Urban Development at the University of Southern California; and as Associate Dean and Director of the Division of Business and Management at Johns Hopkins University.

In each institution, her goal was to create stimulating and energizing learning opportunities for the non-traditional student and to enhance the quality of the academic experience for faculty, students, and the community. Several of these unique programs, such as the Business of Medicine, have won national awards. Dr. Broida taught graduate courses for more than 15 years at these institutions.

Saturday morning:

Matthew Taylor, PT, PhD  -  Yoga Therapy:  Let's 'Stretch' Our Vision, Shall We?

Dr. Taylor has 35 years as a leader in integrative rehabilitation and is the editor of the graduate textbook, "Fostering Creativity In Rehabilitation”. His doctorate focused on creativity through the lens of integral yoga philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is past president of the board of directors of IAYT, chair of the business and marketing development CIC’s, and teaches nationally of business development for Yoga therapists. His current passion is creativity and safety as keystones to making yoga a respected and recognized therapy. His cash-based business is a futuristic approach fusing orthopedic rehabilitation, Yoga therapy and modern transformation learning theory.  You can learn more about his background at 

Leigh Blashki  -  The Heart of Healing

Leigh Blashki is the founder of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy, past- President of Yoga Australia, advisory councilor for the IAYT and AAYT and a member of the IAYT Certification and Ethics Complaints Review Committees.

With influence from a number of traditions and teachers, including Sri Yogendra, Swami Gitananda, A.G. Mohan, Donna Farhi and Dr. Richard Miller, Leigh has taught yoga for 38 years and practiced Yoga therapy for 24 years. He is s sort-after presenter internationally and in Australia and has presented on yoga therapy in India, the US, Sri Lanka and Australia in recent years.

Saturday evening:

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E-500 RYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner  -  Embracing Our Mistakes = Freedom from Shame

Kathryn Templeton has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior ParaYoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology. Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute and the founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, AYS Grad School and The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology (3WT). She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology, a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International, and a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador.

Sunday morning:

Hansa Knox, LMT, E-RYT - A Snapshot:  The Wholeness of Yoga Therapy

Hansa is an ongoing student of Kripalu Yoga. Over the years, she has studied with many other teachers who have offered insights and depths into the path of yoga. She utilizes yoga, yoga cikitsa, āyurveda, massage and homeopathy as venues to facilitate Spirit connection. She has taught in many locations and now has her own studio, the PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver. She teaches yoga classes, yoga teacher training programs and a Yoga Therapy Training. Hansa is a past president of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers Of Colorado, IAYT Accreditation Committee and served on the Board of Kripalu Center, Sanga and International Yoga.


Amy Weintraub, MA, E-RYT 500  -  Creating the Safe & Sacred Container

Amy is the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton) and numerous articles and book chapters. Amy is involved in ongoing research on the impact of yoga on mood. The LFY evidence-based yoga protocol for managing mood is used in health care settings globally and is featured on a number of audio-visual products, including an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management.

She maintains an archive of news and research on her web site, In addition to her Kripalu Hatha Yoga studies in the US and India, Amy has studied Advaita Vedanta Nondualism with Nitya Chaitanya Yati head of the Narayana Gurukulam, iRest Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller, and Internal Family Systems Therapy with Dr. Richard Schwartz.