2020 SYTAR - Save the Date
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SYTAR 2020

June 11 - 14, 2020

Lincolnshire, IL

SYTAR is IAYT's annual membership conference dedicated entirely to professional education, research, practice, and policy issues for yoga therapy. This is the premier conference for the field of yoga therapy. 

While aimed at the experienced yoga therapist, this is also a great opportunity to help you find the right yoga therapist training program for you... for you will meet many others with a wide variety of experiences and the same questions you have. 

SYTAR 2020 takes us to the midwest! Just outside of Chicago, the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort is in Lake County Illinois and sits on a lake and next to the Des Plaines River Trail. This beautiful redesigned resort offers guests two onsite restaurants, a full-service Starbucks and Relaxation Spa. There is complimentary self-parking.  The property includes both an indoor and outdoor pool, biking/hiking/jogging trail, and the renowned Marriott Theatre.

Featured 2020 Presenters


We will open the conference with joyful chanting led by:

Yogasādhaki Yogachārini Sangeeta Laura Biagi, Ph.D., 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). Dr. Biagi is also a 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. Dr. Biagi holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. 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 co-wrote, with Dr. Bhavanani, 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 i-Tunes. Dr.Biagi is currently compiling a book on her method, Dancing With the Dragon: Eight Movements to Feel Your Calling. Dr. Biagi teaches and lectures in the USA and Europe (mywildest.com).


Friday's keynote will be offered by:

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and co-director 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, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section and is the author of 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 co-author, 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.”  Carol has practiced yoga for more than 40 years, has studied with master teachers from around the world, and has served as a consultant on several yoga research studies.  For information, please visit: www.yoga4seniors.com.  



Dr. Telles will provide a powerful presentation on Saturday morning.

Shirley Telles has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) and a MPhil and PhD in Neurophysiology. Both MPhil and PhD theses were on the effects of yoga practice. Dr. 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 to study meditation’s effects through autonomic variables, evoked and event related potentials, polysomnography and fMRI. Dr Telles has been the director of Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India; www.patanjaliresearchfoundation.com since 2007.   Dr. Telles has over 179 research papers listed in bibliographic databases and authored 6 books. Most important, she is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga.



We'll wrap up on Sunday with insights from:

Marshawn D. Feltus, 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; he is a youth mentor and a certified public health peer educator. Marshawn is certified in crisis prevention and conflict resolution, trained in mindfulness life style redirection and trauma dissection. Marshawn is also a program facilitator for adjudicated/detained youth and adults. Marshawn 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 co-contributor of the Best Practice for Yoga in the Criminal Justice SystemMarshawn has an invested passion for restorative justice and helping people to achieve awareness, change and triumph.

Call for Morning Practices is now closed.

Conference Registration opens in January, 2020. 

Member Schools, save the date for the 2020 Meeting of Schools, which will start on Wednesday afternoon, June 10th, and continue on Thursday morning, June 11th!

More information available soon!!