2019 Common Interest Community Sessions
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SYTAR 2019 Offerings on Thursday:
Common Interest Community (CIC) Sessions

See what CIC Sessions are all about!

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 13 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.


CIC #1 - Clarifying Our Message to the World

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

This year’s Rehab CIC is back to the Thursday afternoon format. Building on work from the past two years we’ve identified needs from participants and will focus on addressing those needs this year.

How do you “say” what it is you do? How do you maintain awareness of how you move between conventional rehab, yogopathy (yoga applied to conditions) and yoga therapy? As usual we’re going to learn from each other, share our best “stuff,” and have you leave with practical next action steps for your professional practice and development.

Please bring your elevator speeches, a printed copy of your marketing materials (for referral sources, consumers—web copy, fliers, biz cards...), AND the pre-conference reflections assignment sent upon registering, but know that once you leave this creative afternoon your elevator speech will have changed and your marketing material will look totally different.

Now is the time to bring clarity to ourselves and the public about what we do, and create the best possible future for yoga and rehabilitation clients. Come co-create with your colleagues a clear message about who we are and what we do, and help us create a community along the way!

CIC #2 - Integrating Mental Health and Yoga Therapy

Julie Carmen, MA, LMFT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YTRX
Kelly Birch, MS, NCC, C-IAYT

This CIC provides an opportunity for six yoga therapists and/or mental health professionals to share their work in a friendly and supportive format while building community and professional relationships.

Presentations will explore how mental health issues in yoga therapy and how therapeutic yoga practices are integrated into mental health settings. Presentations will address one of three broad topics: 1) How a yoga therapist innovated to address mental health, 2) How mental health professionals incorporate yoga clinically, and 3) Data collection tools that were used or developed to measure efficacy in this common interest topic.

With the presenters’ real-world examples and interactive discussions, this CIC examines the “How, and in what areas” the integration of yoga therapy and mental healthcare can improve client outcomes. Participants will enhance their understanding about how to appropriately use yoga therapy in the field of mental health and how to effectively use yoga tools in the clinical setting, as well as having gotten to know colleagues that share the common interest.

Presentations: (Handouts Available)

 Christiane Brems, PhD, ABPP, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

 Refinement of a multi-dimensional data collection tool for assessment, treatment-planning, and outcomes tracking

 Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, PhD YThDip C-IAYT

 Menstruality: 'The Fifth Vital Sign' for Women's Mental Health. A Practical Innovation to Integrate for Yoga Therapists with Female Clients

 Anna Molgard, C-IAYT, B.A.

 Building Solid Referral Relationships within the Mental Health Community

 Ghada Osman, Ph.D., LMFT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

 The Three-Pronged Model for Mental and Emotional Healing

 Jayashree Pathak, MBBS, PGDYTD, DYED, C-IAYT

 Medical Yoga Integration with Residential Programs for Substance Abuse Treatment: Why, What and How?

 Lisa Sanfilippo, MSc, Senior Yoga Teacher

 Yoga Therapy for Insomnia + Sleep Recovery: Improving Health + Mental Health Through Sleep


CIC #3 - Yoga Across the Cancer Care Continuum

Smitha Mallaiah, MS (Yoga Therapy), C-IAYT
Tina Walter, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

In this special session we will turn our focus to the estimated 18 million new cases in 2018 alone and more than 30 million people worldwide who are cancer survivors. As our 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 lifeand 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 therapy professionals to join in sangha to learn the skills necessary to work with this unique cohort.

Presentations: (Handouts Available)

 Sandra Gilbert, C-IAYT

 Yoga Therapy and Guided Imagery: Healing through the Mind and Imagination

 Kathryn Glaser, PhD, CYT

 Restorative Yoga Program for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers: A New Meaning for Warrior

 Kelly Inselmann, LCSW, C-IAYT, CGP

 Befriending Discomfort: Helping Your Clients Transform Distress and Emotionally Heal

 Jennie Lee, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YAPEC

 Addressing Spirituality at the End of Life

 Lee Majewski, MA, C-IAYT

 Promise of Yoga - Touching the Inner Essence

 Lorien Neargarder, C-IAYT

 Total Compassion Practice Benefits Patients and Caregivers During Cancer Treatment

 Tina Paul, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

 Meaning-Centered Yoga Therapy for Cancer Care

A special presentation will be made in this session following the Shift and Share presentations. See details

Title: Yoga and Cancer; Standards of Training

Presented by:  Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT  500,
Patient advocate, Cancer Activist, Survivor

CIC #4 - Investing in Your Future:
Becoming an Empowered Yoga-preneur

Soleil Hepner, PRYT, C-IAYT
Laura Kupperman, MA, C-IAYT

We all recognize the importance of continually enhancing our skills as yoga therapists through ongoing training and education, but how many of us also dedicate time consistently to improve our business skills?

If you want to have a thriving practice, it’s imperative to tend to this aspect of practice building, yet many of us push it to the back burner. Maybe you have no interest in “business stuff”or you feel stuck. Maybe you become super enthusiastic about "getting out there" after attending a conference or watching a webinar, but then over time, your attention wanes. Regardless of the “why,” you have yet to figure out how to make a sustained commitment to your business growthin this CIC session, we want to change that!

During this session you will learn how your peers have devised successful strategies to make business growth a regular part of their career, AND begin creating your own plan for becoming a more savvy and confident yoga-preneur. Come join us for one of the best, and most important, CIC sessions that you will attend for your professional life.

Presentations: (Handouts Available)

 Pamela Crane

 Confidence and Connection on Camera

 Maria Garre, M.Ed, AP, AYT, C-IAYT

 Instagram Sankalpa for Success

 Michele Lawrence, MBA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

 How to Create Your Own Training - Or Tackle Any Other Really Big Project

 Samantha Parker, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200, CPT

 Yoga Therapy Careers within Government Organizations

 Cheri Ryba, C-IAYT, ERYT 500, FME

 Offering Online Programs: A Renewable Model that Boosts Income and Builds Community

 Vasanthi Srinivasan, C-IAYT, RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT

 The 3 "A"s of Succesful Yoga Therapy: Accessible, Adaptable, and Affordable

CIC #5 - Yoga Therapy as One Aspect of Community Care

De Jur Jones, C-IAYT, RYT
Marsha Banks-Harold, BSEE, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT

Explore yoga therapy as one aspect of the revolution emerging within innovative models of community-based care!  

Change-makers who act as grassroots innovators in their communities will share their empowering stories so that together we can understand the core issues and challenges facing both our profession and the clients we serve. "Community-based care" often means bringing yoga therapy into under-resourced areas and working with clients who may lack foundational knowledge of the benefits of yoga therapy.

How can we create fellowship that permits us to meet these clients where they are physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually? How are we as a profession balancing our call to serve with the responsibility for own self-care?

Opportunities for networking and learning with your colleagues will follow the sharing of experiences. We will explore what makes yoga therapy unique in mind-body practices, inquiring into “the difference that makes the difference.” Share and discover new strategies based in the essential heart of yoga therapy as we engage in soul-searching community-building. This session will spark your imagination with ideas and experiential activities as you plan collaborations back in your community!

Presentations: (Handouts Available)

 Louise Goldberg, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, RCYT, LMT

 Sharing Yoga Therapy for Individuals with Autism and Special Needs Without Losing Yourself

 Sherri Koehler, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

 Integrated Movement Therapy Informed Chair Yoga for Older Adults; Cultivating Connection, Movement, and Self-Soothing Skills Without the Stereotypes

 Freidel Kushman

 Systems Change: Systemic Trauma Integration & Yoga Therapy

 Donna Raphael, C-IAYT, RYT500

 Bridging Yoga Therapy within the Hospital Setting: A Work in Progress

 Judy Weaver, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP

 Trauma, Reconnect from the Disconnect

 Kristen Williams, E-RYT 500, YACEP

 Yoga as a Method to Decrease Toxic Stress and Mortality Rates