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Our evening opening will feature chanting with

Sangeeta Laura Biagi, PhD

Yogasadhaki Yogacharini Sangeeta Laura Biagi, PhD, is a Raja, Nada, and Tantra Yoga Senior Teacher in the tradition of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri (International Center for Yoga Education and Research, India). Biagi is also faculty in The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and a performance artist. Her research and work focus on sound and voice studies, blending contemplative practices with socially engaged storytelling, as illustrated in her TED Talk "Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe." Biagi holds a Master of Arts and PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University and is a graduate of the Sound Healing Program at the New York Open Center. In 2012, she was part of Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani’s recording "Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali,” and in 2013 she and Bhavanani cowrote the book Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound. Her album of Sanskrit chants and mantra, Sangeeta, is available on cdbaby, Spotify, and iTunes. Biagi is currently compiling a book on her method, Dancing with the Dragon: Eight Movements to Feel Your Calling. She teaches and lectures in the United States and Europe (mywildest.com). 

[Also presenting Friday & Saturday afternoon: TF04 & TS09]




Grandma Knows: Why Modern Healthcare Needs Yogic Wisdom

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and codirector of Yoga for Seniors, an IAYT Member School that offers trainings designed to help yoga therapists and yoga teachers work safely and effectively with older adults. An award-winning journalist, Krucoff served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section and authored several books including Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less and Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain. She is coauthor, with Kimberly Carson, of Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief. Their newest book, with Jim Carson, is Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: An Eight-Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience. Krucoff has practiced yoga for more than 40 years, studied with master teachers from around the world, and served as a consultant on several yoga research studies (www.yoga4seniors.com). 

[Also presenting Friday & Saturday afternoon with Jim and Kimberly Carson: TF08 & TS05]


My Surprises with Yoga!

Shirley Telles, MBBS, MPhil, PhD

Shirley Telles has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) and an MPhil and PhD in neurophysiology. Both her MPhil and PhD theses were on the effects of yoga practice. Telles received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998 and in 2001 an award from the Templeton Foundation for creative ideas in meditation and neurobiology. In 2007, she received an Indian Council of Medical Research Centre for Advanced Research grant to study meditation’s effects through autonomic variables, evoked and event-related potentials, polysomnography, and fMRI. Telles has been the director of the Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India (www.patanjaliresearchfoundation.com) since 2007. Telles has over 179 research papers listed in bibliographic databases and has authored six books. Most important, she is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga.

[Also presenting Friday afternoon: TF07]



Not You or I Alone: But ALL of Us Serving Together Can!

Marshawn D. Feltus

Marshawn Feltus is a Chicago West Side native and owner of ACT Yoga, the first yoga studio in Chicago’s Austin community. He is a student of faith and the holistic progression of humanity as well as a youth mentor and certified public health peer educator. Feltus is certified in crisis prevention and conflict resolution, trained in mindfulness lifestyle redirection and trauma dissection. He is also a program facilitator for adjudicated/detained youth and adults. Feltus serves three not-for-profit organizations: We Are Light, First Defense Legal Aid, and Yoga Service Council. He’s landed local and international coverage in print and broadcast, including the cover of Yoga Journal, WTTW Chicago Tonight, and Austin Weekly News, and is a contributor to Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System. Feltus has an invested passion for restorative justice and helping people to achieve awareness, change, and triumph. 

[Also presenting Saturday afternoon: TS01]