Common Interest Communities
See what CIC sessions are all about
These sessions kick off SYTAR and offer a special opportunity to connect with your peers to explore key topics. Choose one of the following six CIC programs. (Attendees remain in the same CIC through the afternoon of Thursday, June 11, from 1:30 to 5:00 pm.)
CIC 1: Rehabilitation—Mission Accomplished!
Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, GCFP
Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, C-IAYT
Yesssss, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Wouldn’t we all like to have a banner
over our workplace where it says MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? What do we mean
by Mission Accomplished? This session will highlight a few practitioners
who have accomplished the mission of successfully incorporating Yoga
Therapy in the rehab setting . They will give you an idea about what it
took to get in the door, how long it took to get traction, how to get
other professionals to see the importance of Yoga Therapy in the rehab
setting, and how they handled the obstacles so many of us face in
accomplishing our missions.
Each presenter will be followed by a
discussion giving the audience a chance to interact and share their own
successes and challenges in implementing Yoga Therapy into the rehab
setting. Come learn, laugh, be inspired, but most of all share your
experience with others in the room
CIC 2: Integrating Mental Health and Yoga Therapy
Erin Byron, MA, RP, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Michael Lee, MA, DipSocSci, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Michael Lee and Erin Byron co-chair this CIC examining the wide range of
work bridging yoga therapy and mental health professions. Patanjali in
the second sutra, "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the
mind," clearly places yoga therapy into the realm of mental health. In
working with students and clients, the importance of a whole person
transformational model is evident.
How do yoga therapists contribute to
the mental health field within their scope of practice and how does yoga
therapy enhance the quest of many mental health practitioners to "bring
the body to therapy"? What can we as yoga therapists learn from the
traditional therapy world? What is yoga therapy’s stance going forward
with safe and viable approaches in supporting the recovery of trauma and
an array of modern lifestyle conditions? Yoga teachers and therapists,
mental health professionals, and all who are interested in the mental,
psychological and transformational aspects of yoga therapy will enjoy
these new ideas and concrete methods.
CIC 3: Yoga Therapy—The Path from Cancer Survivor to Thriver
Kathleen Ross-Allee, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YTRx 500-C, ACE-Personal Trainer
Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500
When do individuals first become cancer survivors? The moment they hear
“you have cancer,” their lives change forever. Questions, fears, and
concerns fill their thoughts and every part of their being. Their
bodies go through physical alterations from surgery, chemotherapy, and
radiation…and consequently their spirits are broken. The stress response
takes over. Most can “survive” all of that. But how can they truly
Research has proven the benefits of yoga therapy at all layers
of being—physical, mental & spiritual. We believe that Yoga therapy
is truly the bridge between a cancer patient’s ability to survive vs.
thrive. The World Health Organization reports almost 44 million people
are living with cancer. There are over 18 million new cases per year –
1:5 men and 1:6 women will develop cancer during their lifetimes and 1:8
men and 1:11 women will die from their disease. And these individuals
need more resources to support them during this time. Please join us as
we welcome you to explore and discuss current and forward thinking ideas
with some of the top yoga therapists in the field.
CIC 4: Business Sutras—Creating an Ethical Business that Pays the Bills
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT
Vasanthi Srinivasan, MEd, C-IAYT, RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT
Most of us leave yoga therapy training programs enthusiastic and eager
to serve others. We continue to invest more time, and money in
education yet still we find ourselves in that hard spot of totally
loving the work AND needing to have more work that pays adequately for a
dignified livelihood. “But I just want to serve people...And make a
living!” That refrain describes probably the biggest community in
IAYT. To grow an ethical and profitable business that pays the bills,
we must dedicate and invest time to develop effective business skills.
During this dynamic session, you will hear from innovative professionals
with experience in honing the skills needed to grow a sustainable
career from the 6 essential threads of the Business Sutras: Business
Ethics, Creating Financial Sustainability, Mindful Marketing, Technology
as A Business Tool, Building Community, and Effective Business
You will engage in small group discussion with
colleagues who share your passion and challenges. As you share
resources to build on what was offered, you’ll be actively creating a
plan of action. To conclude, the presenters will take your contributions
back to a panel that will have a lively “sewing/sutra-ing” of the ideas
between the threads...weaving together a whole practice. and weaving
it back to a collective sharing. We are all in this arc of creating
yoga therapy careers from what hasn’t been yet...Hence, the theme of
SYTAR 2020 is “Creating Our Future.” That’s us!
CIC 5: Yoga Therapy for Community Health/Social Activism
Co-chairsExplore yoga therapy as a community healing practice for social transformation.
Marsha Banks-Harold, BSEE, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT
Heidi M. Crocker, DC, EdD, C-IAYT
Yogis, spiritual activists, and change-agents who act as grassroots innovators
in their communities will share their empowering stories of yoga-based
community healing and social action projects that can be adapted to fit
the needs of your community. Learn practical skills and essential
knowledge to translate a personal practice of self-care into
socio-cultural and ecological activism.
How can we create fellowship
that permits us to meet 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?
session offers focused information about yoga therapy in community
health/social activism and an opportunity to connect with those with
common interests. There will be multiple opportunities for dynamic
participation in small groups and learn practical gems from each
presenter. We will explore what makes yoga therapy unique in mind-body
practices, inquiring into “the difference that makes the difference.”
Come discover the relationship between personal transformation and
social justice, and investigate our unique role and responsibility in
creating the conditions for equity and inclusion in the community health
CIC 6: Yoga Therapy Assessments
Marlysa Sullivan, PT, C-IAYT
Leanne Davis, C-IAYT, IAYT Certification Committee, Past President Yoga Australia, BachS (Acupuncture)
This CIC focuses on how we as a community are creating yoga therapy
assessments that both help define our field and role as an integrative
care profession and may help us communicate our work to those in
allopathic practice or to help with reimbursement.
will have the opportunity to share their assessments with the community.
Presentations will include descriptions and application of yoga therapy
assessments with various client populations. Many perspectives will be
shared as to how we as yoga therapists orient ourselves to this topic of
assessment in a client-centered, co-facilitated manner that helps to
define our field as a distinct and vital member of integrative care.
There will be real-world examples and time for questions and discussion
from participants. An intention is to help empower yoga therapists to
feel confident about the unique work we do based on the subtlety and
intelligence of ancient yoga science.
Participants will learn what
assessment is, why it is important, how fellow yoga therapists are doing
this, the value of referencing the source of the assessment technique
and how to consider all this in their own practice. They will have an
opportunity to share with like-minded colleagues, to be inspired by what
others are offering and to bring home useful ideas for assessment in
their own practice. Key takeaways will be discussed.