Plenary Speakers
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SYTAR 2015 has invited...

key members of our community to share their insights
during the plenary sessions open to all attendees.


Thursday evening:

Felicia Tomasko  -  The Importance of Community and Collaboration in the Advancement of Yoga Therapy

Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN, E-RYT-500 is the editor-in-chief at LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine and President of the Bliss Network. Her first yoga certification was in Structural Yoga Therapy and for 25 years she has been an avid student of Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Yoga Philosophy who combines her training in Western healthcare as a Registered Nurse with a devotion to the full range of Yoga Therapy. She teaches in the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University, is a longtime board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, past President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and former Traditional World Medicine/Emerging Profession Representative at ACCAHC.


Friday morning:

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio  -  Yoga Therapists - the World Needs You Now:  Parallels in the Evolution of Physical Therapy, Medicine and Yoga Therapy

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, CYT, YTRXLori has been teaching in Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx since 2008 and is the Clinical Director of Level IV where she mentors students in an interdisciplinary chronic pain program at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic. She is on faculty in Loyola Marymount University’s Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, Mount St. Mary's College Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy and has appeared on "Good Morning America". Lori is the founder and owner of Mosaic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles

Ganesh Mohan  -  Clinical Perspective in Yoga Therapy:  Practical Recommendations Combining East and West

Dr. Ganesh Mohan is a physician trained in both conventional medicine and Ayurveda. He is the son of A.G. Mohan who was a personal student of Krishnamacharya for 18 years from 1971 to 1989, and Indra Mohan who has been teaching yoga for thirty five years. Ganesh started practicing yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya under his parents’ guidance as a child. He is well-versed in related traditional studies such as yoga philosophy and Vedic chanting. Ganesh lives in Chennai, India. He teaches workshops and intensives on various aspects of yoga at several international locations. He is an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists. 


Saturday morning:

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD  -  Yoga Research:  A Global View from the Cutting Edge

Sat Bir has practiced a yoga lifestyle for over 35 years. He is the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women\'s Hospital in Boston. His central research funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of NIH is targeted at examining the efficacy of yoga for the treatment of chronic insomnia and the mechanisms underlying its effectiveness. He is also involved in research initiatives on yoga\'s effectiveness in drug dependency, at-risk youth, professional musicians, music students, cancer and cardiovascular disease among others. He has established relationships with fellow yoga researchers in the U.S. and Europe and in India where he routinely attends international yoga research conferences. Dr. Khalsa also teaches an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind Body Medicine. 

Bo Forbes, PsyD, E-RYT 500  -  Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and the Body:  Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist. She has a doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Chicago. Her background includes training in biopsychology, behavioral medicine, and stress management. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics™, a system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for special issues. She teaches internationally, consults to healthcare agencies worldwide, and writes for Yoga Journal, IJYT, and other magazines. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance and the founder of Embodied Awareness, which offers online courses in yoga therapeutics.


Saturday evening:

Baxter Bell, MD, E-RYT 500 - My Evolution as a Yoga Therapist

Dr. Bell brings his unique skills as medical physician, medical acupuncturist and long time yoga educator into play in all classes and workshops he offers. He is on faculty for at least four yoga therapy training programs in the US and Canada, and is a primary faculty presenter at the Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA. He also blogs weekly on therapeutic topics on yoga on his blog "Yoga for Healthy Aging”. Baxter works with yoga therapy clients in group and individual sessions weekly in his hometown of Oakland, CA. To learn more, visit his website at


Sunday morning:

Dilip Sarkar, MD FACS, CAP, President of the IAYT Board of Directors - Yoga Therapy for Space Health

Dr. Sarkar is a retired vascular surgeon and Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. A certified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, Dr. Sarkar teaches classes in yoga therapy, Ayurvedic wellness, and integrative medicine, combining forty-five years of experience in conventional medicine with knowledge of Ayurveda and yoga. He retired as Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School as well as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Sarkar currently serves on several healthcare boards, including the American Heart Association (AHA). President of the AHA’s Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads region, He is a life member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Dr. Sarkar also serves as Board Chairman for the Life in Yoga Institute and Chairman of the School of Integrative Medicine at Taksha University in Hampton, VA.  


Joseph Le Page  -  Yoga Therapy in India Video Project

Joseph Le Page is the founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and a pioneer in Yoga therapy training programs since 1993. Joseph is also the founder and director of Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center in Brazil, the largest Yoga and spiritual retreat center in South America; it offers a complete curriculum in all aspects of Yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga therapy. Joseph has been a speaker at major conferences including Yoga Journal, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the International Association of Yoga and Ayurveda. He has been on the faculty of Kripalu Center since of 1996 and is on the International Advisory Council of the IAYT.