Plenary Speakers
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SYTAR 2017 has invited...
key members of our community to share their insights
during the plenary sessions open to all attendees.


Friday morning:

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD  - 
The Road to Incorporating Yoga Therapy Into Healthcare:  The Role of Science and Research

Sat Bir Khalsa 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.

Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT  - 
The Relationship Comes First:  Creating a Safe Space for Trauma Survivors

Along with working in private practice as a trauma-informed therapist, Ms. Turner has been leading Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) classes for women at the Trauma Center since 2008 where she also oversees the on sight teaching team. She taught the yoga classes for the NIH funded research study looking into the effects of TCTSY on treatment-resistant PTSD during which she contributed to the development of the protocol. Ms. Turner is a lead TCTSY trainer and supervises students in our TCTSY certification program. Jenn trains in the U.S. and abroad and is a supervisor in the certification program.  Also Co-Chair CIC#4

Saturday morning:

Veronica Zador, B.Sc., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500  - 
Yoga Therapy at Beaumont Hospital

Veronica Zador is a staff yoga therapist at Beaumont Health, Department of Integrative Medicine in Royal Oak, Michigan. She is the Program Director of the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy. Veronica Zador is currently a Faculty Instructor for Yoga Therapy at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Veronica was the program director of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Co-Curricular Yoga Therapy program. Veronica served as a two term past-President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists where she facilitated the first three Symposia on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) meetings. She also served in leadership of Yoga Alliance as past-Vice Chair and Standards Committee. With over 30 publications on yoga and yoga therapy she teaches and lectures internationally with a primary focus on clinical applications of yoga therapy.  Also presenting Friday Afternoon Session - TF05

Julie Carmen, MA, LMFT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YTRX  with Larry Payne, PhD
Bringing Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression to Community Clinics

Julie Carmen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Associate Director of Mental Health at Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx where she is Clinical Director of Level V Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression LMU internship at Venice Family Clinic. Julie had rigorous training and experience as a drama therapist at Cell Block Theater with ex-convicts in New York City. Julie designed and implemented the Yoga Therapy and Drama Therapy departments of Passages Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Center (2001-2003) and was the yoga therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center for four years, contributing a chapter to the  book, ‘Yoga and Eating Disorders’ (Routeledge, 2016). Julie taught at Exhale in Venice for twelve years and designed the Yoga for Hormones protocol for Suzanne Somers whom she’s been teaching privately since 2002.  Also Co-Chair CIC#2

Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected Yoga teacher, author, and the co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the Yoga Therapy Rx ™ and Prime of LIfe Yoga™ programs at Loyola Marymount University, and the Corporate Yoga Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 2000 he was the first Yoga teacher at The World Economic Forum, and in 1996, performed the first documented headstand at the North Pole. He founded Samata International Yoga and Health Center in Los Angeles 1980. Dr. Payne is co-author of the international best seller  Yoga for Dummies”, Yoga Rx, and The Business of Teaching Yoga. He is featured in the Prime of Life Yoga and Yoga Therapy Rx DVD series. Most recently he is co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine,Turner Publishing.


Sunday morning:

Amy Wheeler, PhD, IAYT Board Member -
Yoga Therapy in the West:  Integrating Yoga Philosophy and Integrative Medical Models

Amy has been a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino Since 1998.  Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. She develops and conducts research studies in the fields of Yoga, Yoga Therapy, health and Psychology.  In addition to her work with IAYT, she has helped to set the curriculum standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.  She is the Director of Healing Yoga Institute, which provides Yoga & Yoga Therapy Training Programs.  Over the last 25 years, she has been a Yoga Teacher & Sport Psychology Consultant to many health professionals & elite-level athletes, including the Los Angeles Lakers, various Professional Athletic Teams and five U.S. Olympic/National Teams.

Amy has studied yoga and yoga therapy in India, Europe and the United States. During the past 15 years, Amy studied extensively in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition, which included numerous extended trips to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India.  Amy has been certified as a yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and yoga therapist in this tradition and has completed 2 comprehensive yoga therapy internships at the KYM.  Prior to this, Amy completed teacher training certifications in several internationally popular styles of yoga and yoga therapy.