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Friday morning

The Seagull Dips Its Wing: Adapting to the Winds of Change

Marsha Danzig, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Marsha Therese Danzig is the founder of Y4A: Yoga for Amputees, an international yoga program that helps amputees reclaim their wholeness after limb loss using the healing art of yoga. Her life’s work has taken her from the oak-lined classrooms of Harvard University to the hallways of the United Nations Center for Human Rights in Geneva and, via satellite, the dirt floors of a school in Rwanda. She has survived bone cancer, leg amputation, kidney failure, kidney transplant, and years in and out of hospitals. Danzig has authored numerous books on yoga and healing, including a spiritual memoir of embodiment, From the Roots, and Yoga for Amputees: The Essential Guide to Finding Wholeness After Limb Loss. She is the walking personification of resilience. Her speeches are known for their insight sprinkled with abundant humor. In her spare time, she is a passionate flamenco dancer.

[Also presenting Saturday afternoon: TS02]


Saturday morning

Ethical Issues for the Future of Yoga and Yoga Therapy in Society: The Importance of Biomedical Science and Research

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, is research director for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, research associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, research affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since 2001 and is a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1971. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in the workplace and public schools. He works with IAYT promoting yoga research as scientific director for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and as co-editor in chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He authored the Harvard Medical School ebook Your Brain on Yoga and was chief editor of The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

[Also presenting Friday afternoon: TF03]

Sunday morning

Connection + Collaboration = Co-Creation

Amy Weintraub, C-IAYT, E-RYT 

Amy Weintraub is the founder of LifeForce Yoga and a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health. She wrote “The Natural Prozac,” the first article on yoga and mental health for Yoga Journal in 1999 and is the author of Yoga for Depression, Yoga Skills for Therapists, and numerous articles and book chapters. Weintraub is trained in Internal Family Systems and collaborates with IFS-certified therapists in offering an integrated program of IFS and LifeForce Yoga. She has been a consultant for research on the impact of yoga on mood, and the evidence-based yoga protocols for depression and anxiety she developed are used in healthcare settings globally and featured on award-winning audiovisual products for mood management. She teaches internationally and at Kripalu Center, Yogaville, and Sivananda Ashram. She is proud to offer the mental health modules in several IAYT-accredited yoga therapy training programs, including Inner Peace and Soul of Yoga. In addition to Kripalu Yoga, her studies include nondual advaita vedanta, Kashmiri Shaivism, and iRest Yoga Nidra. Her Yoga for Depression and Anxiety Card Deck and Workbook will be published in 2021, and her novel Temple Dancer has just been released (

[Also presenting Friday afternoon: TF09]