2018 Common Interest Community Sessions
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SYTAR 2018 Offerings on Thursday:
Common Interest Community (CIC) Sessions

Learn more about what to expect when you attend a CIC session.

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2018 CIC Sessions

Below you will find the focus offered in each of the 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 14 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Registrants are invited to select one of the six programs to attend. You will remain in the same CIC throughout.

NOTE:  This year CIC #1 for Rehab Professionals will be held from 9 am to 5 pm.  Should you choose to attend this session, please be sure to schedule your arrival so that you can be in the session by 9 am on the morning of Thursday, June 14.


CIC #1  “Interprofessional Sutras:
Healthy Conversations as the Fabric that Unites”

Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT
Staffan Elgelid, PT,  PhD, C-IAYT, GCFP

This year we will be expanding the prototype around interprofessional conversations from our very popular 2017 session. Our theme is based on sharing insights and perspectives on pain management between professions. As our profession continues to develop, we should be the leaders in interprofessional communication as providers from an integral worldview. We get there through modeling and practice.

Beginning at 9 am, the full day 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.

The day will finish by capturing the experiences and challenges encountered throughout the day. We will also use the knowledge gathered to inform future interprofessional communications on how yoga therapy is an important team member in non-pharmacological pain management. We have a seat at the table of the policy makers on a national level. Won’t you help us create effective communications that make yoga therapy a recognized and respected team member for preventing future suffering?

Audience: Yoga therapists and rehabilitation professionals working in pain management.   Enrollment limited to 75.

 Session Moderator:

 Matthew Taylor  Welcome Message from Matt & Staffan Check Out More Info about this session
 Physical Therapist: Lori Rubenstein  Fazzio Occupational Therapist:  Arlene Schmid
 Somatic Practitioner: Staffan Elgelid Medical Doctor (MD):  Baxter Bell
 Yoga Therapist: Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Bhavanani  Integrative Administrator:  Kelli Maples Bethel

ALL other CIC Sessions below will convene at 1:30 pm through 5:00 pm.

CIC #2  Mental Health and Yoga Therapy:
Optimizing Mind Body Hygiene with Yoga Therapy

Julie Carmen, MA, LMFT, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, YTRX
Suzanne Ludlum, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP

This session encourages yoga therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, first responders and research scientists to share the evidence informed yoga therapy practices they find most effective when working with people who suffer from anxiety, depression and complex trauma.

We are interested in how you have each built community alliances related to this specialty. The term Mind Body Hygiene best describes a way to talk about what we teach yoga therapy clients while not practicing medicine without a license. In the field of Yoga Therapy for Mental Health, refining this language and these distinctions helps as we co-ordinate care with Western healthcare professionals.

Shift and Share Presenters:

 Kelly Birch, MS, NCC, C-IAYT,
E-RYT 500
 Using Therapeutic Presence and Elements of Yoga Nidra to Foster Emotion Regulation in Clients
 Hanna Chusid, Ed.D, E-RYT 500
  Handout Available
 Yoga Nidra for Addiction; Do Less, Be More

 Robin Cushing, DrPH, PA-C, RYT
  Handout Available

 Yoga for Veterans and Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
 Angela Faulk, MS (Neuroscience), E-RYT 500  Tailoring a Yoga Practice Based on Neuroscience
 Ellen Robertson, C-IAYT,

Tools for Stress Management: Yoga Therapy for Psychiatric Patients

 Cynthia Snodgrass, PhD, MDiv, C-IAYT, RYT-500  Mantra is for Every Body
 Leslie Temme, PhD, LCSW, RYT

 Integrative Restoration and Substance Abuse Recovery: The Application of Integrative Restoration (iRest) in Substance Abuse Treatment


CIC #3 Yoga Across the Cancer Care Continuum

L. Leigh Leibel, C-IAYT, ACSM-CET
Anne Pitman, M.Sc, C-IAYT, E-RYT500

In this special session we will turn our focus to the more than 30 million people worldwide who are cancer survivors. As our six presenters give a human face to cancer by sharing their personal stories of working with those affected by the disease, we’ll hear what those individuals and their families commonly face at each stage of the care continuum - from diagnosis and frontline treatment, to cure and no evidence of disease, to thriving with chronic disease, to compassionate, dignified support at the end of life - and how yoga therapy can be a steady guide, returning patients to their own agency, even in the midst of difficult times. 

Our goal is to share practical tips attendees will want to take home and incorporate into their professional practice. This is a unique opportunity for yoga professionals to join in sangha to learn the skills necessary to work with this unique cohort. 

Applications for presenting at this CIC should be specific to these time periods in the continuum: Diagnosis; In Treatment; After Treatment; Remission; Living with Chronic Disease or Metastasis; End of Life.

Shift and Share Presenters(Handouts Available)

 Sadie Grossman, MS Yoga Therapy, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

 Arming the Front Line: Yoga techniques designed for Oncology Nurses to implement as patients are receiving outpatient treatment

 Smitha Mallaiah, MS Yoga Therapy

 Couple based yoga program for patients and caregivers going through Cancer treatment

 Lorien Neargarder, C-IAYT

 Kleshas Unravel Cancer Pain

 Maryam Ovissi, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

 Befriending Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer: Looking at Cancer as Medical Trauma

 Antonio Sausys, MA, IGT, CMT, C-IAYT

Spirit Can't Have Cancer

Tina Walter, C-IAYT

 YCAT to help improve patients' anxiety, fatigue, and pain during chemo (body, organ, and system orientation)


CIC #4  Workshop on Defining Yoga Therapy and Assessment Tools

Marlysa Sullivan, PT, C-IAYT
Amy Wheeler, PhD, C-IAYT
Madoka Chase Onizuka, MA, JYTS Certified Yoga Therapist

In this interactive CIC workshop we will present a shared definition of yoga therapy & Scope of Practice and how it informs the assessment tools we use.  This important work helps us to understand yoga therapy as a distinct complementary and integrative healthcare field.  The group facilitators will provide an opportunity for the participants to self-assess as an experiential way to understand and explore how assessment informs yoga therapy interventions and the development of therapeutic plans. 

Breakout sessions will include discussions of definition and various assessments that can be utilized.  Following this we will have a summary discussion around all of the assessments that were demonstrated, how to utilize these assessments, and how they inform a comprehensive yoga therapy intervention.

Breakout Session Facilitators:  Kathleen Pringle, Bev Johnson, Anneke Sips, Lee Majewski, Katie Shuver


CIC #5 Social Activism/Community Healing:
How might yoga therapy professionals respond to the increasing need for community well-being?  (Handouts Available)

Lilith Bailey-Kroll, MFA, E-RYT 500
Allie Middleton, JD, LCSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT

We invite you to explore the development of yoga therapy as one aspect of the revolution that is emerging within innovative models of community-based care.

As a participant you will listen to short empowering stories from change makers who act as grass roots innovative stakeholders and healers.  Collectively we can experience more clearly the core personal issues and systems challenges facing our emerging profession.

Opportunities for networking and learning with other yoga professionals come from seeing the whole system. Together we lean into the emerging future of yoga therapy, listening to as many different perspectives as possible. We will explore what makes yoga therapy unique in mind/body integration practices asking, “what’s the difference that makes the difference?” Discover new strategies based in awareness and consciousness practices embedded in the essential heart and soul of yoga therapy as we shift our view from solution-focused thinking habits of the past.

This session will spark your imagination with new ideas and experiential activities as you plan your collaborations with other healthcare providers. Move your ideas into action and find creative new skills and tools to meet the emerging demands of the changing health care needs in our communities.

Shift and Share Presenters:

 Kate Allen, MPH, C-IAYT

Yoga Therapy as a Health Promotion Strategy for Underserved Communities

 Mona Flynn, MS Exercise Physiology

Supporting Syrian Refugees in our American Communities

 Irene Hauzinger, MA, CDP, PhD/ABD

A Year of Prison Yoga at a Women's Prison: Findings, Insights & Lessons

 Jana Long, E-RYT 500

Yoga as a Peace Practice

 Amina Naru, E-RYT
  Handout Available

Universally Inclusive Yoga; Best Practices for Yoga with Survivors of Sexual Trauma

 Nya Patrinos, MFA, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP  POC Yoga for Resilience and Well-Being


CIC #6 Careers in Yoga Therapy:
Personalizing Your Approach to Your Professional Future

Rich Goldstein, MPH, RYT
Felicia Tomasko, RN, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Yoga therapy is gaining more visibility and credibility as a profession with the potential to impact lives, contribute to intractable issues in clinical and population health, while providing rewarding work for yoga therapists. As in the practice of yoga therapy, successfully building a career as a yoga therapist requires a personalized approach.

Successful yoga therapists develop plans for their business, effectively explore opportunities for employment and/or build private practices at the intersection of their skill set and passion, with an informed awareness of the healthcare landscape.

In this session you will learn from other yoga therapists how they have successfully developed their business.  With these examples, you should gain insight and inspiration in planning and building your yoga therapy business as well as learn how to identify and explore opportunities to find employment as a yoga therapist

You will leave this CIC with information, confidence and action items critical to successfully building your yoga therapy career, and new relationships to support you in building a career that sustainably embodies your passion. 

Shift and Share Presenters:

 Laura Berland, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Yogic Coaching Skills to Improve Outcomes and Grow Your Practice

 M. Mala Cunningham,
Handout Available
How to Navigate Teaching Yoga Therapy in Hospital and Academic Settings: A Success Formula
Ann Marie Johnston, MBM

Why are we doing this?  Clarity & Purpose - the keys to authentic & effective Marketing

 Tina Paul, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Entrepreneurial Spirit and Skills of a Yoga Therapist

Tania Turcinovic, RN, BSN

Uniting to Create a Movement: Pioneering the creation of yoga therapy clinics to enhance acceptance in the public and medical community

Lynne Valdes, MS, C-IAYT,
E-RYT 500

Working in Military Healthcare: The 5 W's and 1H to Ask Yourself for Establishing a Viable Career