2016 CIC Sessions
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SYTAR 2016 Offerings on Thursday:

Common Interest Community Sessions

New in 2016, we will use two meeting structures from "Liberating Structures designed to promote engagement with your colleagues. 
Click for details about the new CIC Model.

See details below on what will be offered in each of the CIC Sessions.

Common Interest Community (CIC) Sessions

An important part of the conference, these afternoon sessions offer a special opportunity to explore key topics. The following programs are scheduled on Thursday, June 9 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Registrants are invited to select one of the five programs to attend. You will remain in the same CIC throughout.

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CIC #1 - Rehab Professionals: Bridging the Past with the Future Co-chairs: Staffan Elgelid, PT, GCFT, PhD and Matthew J Taylor, PT, PhD

Conventional rehabilitation professions make a natural bridge to yoga therapy in our physically oriented culture. Join members of the rehabilitation professions (OT/PT/SLP/RD/RT, etc) that are incorporating yoga therapy into their practices, and all yoga therapist/teachers that interact with rehabilitation professionals as they share ideas and form community to connect the various professions. In the three and half hours, you’ll hear six peer-selected short presentations on how to most effectively build bridges via rehabilitation relationships. Topics will include best practices, innovative collaborations, new models of care, and how to interface effectively between the yoga world and conventional rehabilitative medicine. You will also have a chance to make connections with the other attendees, build long lasting connections with like-spirited colleagues, and participate in planning how to maintain the group beyond the meeting time. Coming together in community, we leave connected and better prepared to help bring forth the best possible future.

Session Presentations:


Integrating Therapeutic Yoga into an Adult Day Program
- John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


Introducing graduate health students to the benefits of yoga fosters inter-professional collaborative practice in rehabilitative professions


Yoga tools for Rehabilitation professionals working with amputees:  Clinical approaches to transformative outcomes that empower your patients


Teaching Pearls I've Learned From Either Side of the Bridge


Yoga Therapy for Constipation


Yoga Therapy in Healthcare: Overcoming Obstacles in Delivery and Bridgebuilding

Zotos Florio

Risk Management and Ahimsa When Using Yoga Therapy in the Rehab Setting


CIC #2: Yoga Therapy:  A Worthy Partner in Mental Healthcare
Co-Chairs: Linda Lang, E-RYT and Elizabeth Visceglia, MD

Linda Lang and Elizabeth Visceglia co-chair this CIC, dedicated to exploring the art and science of Yoga therapy in the arena of professional mental health disciplines.  Explore the two-way street where mental health issues and conditions are considered in yoga therapy and where therapeutic yoga practices are integrated into mental health settings.  Join members of the mental health professions who incorporate Yoga therapy into their work and Yoga therapist/teachers who support students and clients in mental health settings, as they come together to share ideas and to build a professional learning community. 
Session Presentations:


Yoga Therapy Clinic: An Urgent Care Model for Fast, Focused, Accessible Healing


Creating a Clinical Yoga Therapy Internship Site


Befriend the Fear of Trauma Work for Empowered Client Results


Integrating "Evidence-Informed” Yoga Therapeutic Practices for Mental Health: Challenges, Experiences and 3 Tips


Creating a Safe Crucible: Incorporating Shadow Work Curriculum into Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Programs

Laura Jane

Benefits of a Heart to Heart Connection and the Somatic Need for Touch in Assisting Young Adults with Anxiety and Depression in an Over Medicated Health System


Embodying Creativity:  Moving from 'Me' to 'We' - Yoga and the Transformation of Behavioral Health Leadership


CIC #3:  Yoga for the Cancer Community:  A Gathering of Practitioners
Co-Chairs:  Lara Benusis, E-RYT 500, RCYT and Tari Prinster, MA, RYT

The rate of cancer survivors is increasing and yoga is a natural bridge that can provide support for people during and after treatment. There are an increasing number of yoga professionals drawn to serving this growing need. Yoga therapists in this emerging field must be able to apply the tools of yoga in the context of a therapeutic relationship. Equally important, is the need to embrace a constantly changing health care environment and a new paradigm of health and well-being while keeping a watchful eye on the research as we interface effective new models of care. It is imperative to develop innovative collaborations while integrating and benefiting from practiced skills and knowledge. In this session, you will hear from colleagues who have brought their abilities and compassion to support the cancer community. This gathering is a unique and intimate opportunity to share stories, to discuss resources and forge new relationships as we draw inspiration from one another. Coming together, we leave better prepared to uphold the best possible future for our communities. 
Session Presentations:


Who's Afraid: Managing My Fear and Finding Confidence When Bringing Yoga to Cancer Survivors


Yoga Therapy for Cancer Classes, a framework to integrate yoga therapy tools in a yoga class


Hospital Yoga for Cancer Patients in Active Treatment: The Eight Limbs and the Four H's


Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis Through Yoga Therapy


Yoga Therapy for Breast Cancer Survivors


Yoga for Survival, Yoga for Life


West Moves East

CIC #4:  Yoga Therapists Today:  Careers with Meaning
Co-Chairs:  Mary Partlow Lauttamus, MSW, RYT 500 and Biz Magarity, E-RYT

With the increasing visibility of yoga therapy as a practice and a vocation, we have remarkable opportunities to represent the field as practitioners, business owners, members of integrative health teams, researchers and, above all, advocates for our profession. Successful yoga therapists in this emerging field must be able to apply the tools of yoga in the context of a therapeutic relationship. Equally important, we need to embrace a constantly changing health care environment and a new paradigm of health and well-being while keeping a watchful eye on the marketplace to find ways to utilize and benefit from our skills and knowledge. In this session, you will hear from colleagues that have adopted an entrepreneurial mindset in order to launch their businesses and careers in yoga therapy. Learn how others have ignited the fires of creativity and innovation to turn their passion into a profession and leave with ideas that you can use to awaken your entrepreneurial spirit and propel your career forward. 
Session Presentations: 

M. Mala

Bringing Yoga Therapy into Academia:  The How and Why

Clare E.

Educating High-Stress-Career Populations to Serve Professionals and to Promote Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness

Haaz Moonaz

Building an Evidence-Based Specialty Program


The Yoga And Business Mix: They Aren't Oil and Water


"I'd love to try yoga, but..."  Overcoming Barriers to Practice by Offering Gentle Yoga in a Clinical Setting


Facebook Groups and Webinars: How to Grow Your Community and Your Business with Awesome Online Content


Strategies for Incorporating and Expanding Yoga Therapy in an Integrative Primary Care Practice: A Transformative Team-Based Coordination of Care

CIC #5:  Supporting Our Nation's Military and Veteran Communities
Co-Chairs:  Robin Carnes, MBA, E-RYT 500 and Natasha Glynn, RYT

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that there are 22 million veterans living in the US, representing World War II through the post-9/11 conflicts. Although the veteran population in the US has declined since 1986, the number of veterans with a service-related disability continues to rise. For every active duty service member or veteran living with combat-related trauma, there are spouses, partners, children, extended family, friends and caregivers who cope with the effects of secondary trauma or caregiver fatigue. The Department of Defense and VA are working diligently to address the health needs of our veterans. Increasingly, these organizations are opening their doors to yoga and meditation professionals as the existing resources and treatments do not adequately address this population’s needs. It is imperative that the yoga teachers and therapists employed in these pioneering endeavors are trained impeccably for the unique needs of veterans and families.  In this CIC, we will bring six leaders in the field who are successfully bringing yoga and meditation to veterans with powerful results. Participants will have a chance to hear experts’ "lessons learned” and to share and meet with other doing this work, or seeking to get involved. 
Session Presentations:

Lisa T.
Caring for the Military Caregivers of the Wounded or Disabled

Developing a Yoga Therapy Program for Veterans with Chronic Back Pain


Safety, Predictability, and Control as Foundations for Recovery and Resilience


Insight into the Military Experience and the Return to Civilian Life


Heart, Preparation and Tenacity:  Getting In, Up and Going in the Veterans Health Administration


The Need for Yoga Therapy in Law Enforcement