Utilizing Natural/Supplemental Choices for Support during Conventional Cancer Therapies

Dr. McGill is a cancer survivor and Diplomat of Chinese Medicine who teaches about other complementary modalities such as acupuncture, supplements and organic food choices to assist in a statistically more positive outcome and reduction of negative side effects from conventional treatments including chemo-therapy and radiation.

She will discuss how maintaining good food habits and a positive attitude along with acupuncture and other complimentary therapies can positively affect a person’s healing outcomes.

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3-Step Blueprint to a Successful & Thriving Wellness Business

As a Wellness professional, you thrive on helping your clients achieve balance and wellbeing in their lives. But when it comes to creating a sustainable, balanced and successful business, you fall out of alignment and into fear, confusion and frustration.

This session provides you with a 3-step blueprint to build a successful and thriving business that supports your values while providing you with a stable and consistent income.

Participants will learn:

  • How to attract and retain clients,
  • How to develop a mindset that supports you and your business, and
  • How to stand out from the crowd by clearly showing your prospective clients how you’re different.
A Minute for Me

The high price for trying to get everything done is letting yourself become undone. A busy life is an easy place to lose perspective on what’s really important. The best way to regain or keep your balance is to pay attention rather than drowning in the deep pool of never-ending to-dos.

In this session, join award-winning author Megan McDonough as she shares simple steps from the just-released and updated book “A Minute for Me: Learning to Savor Sixty Seconds” to create a more conscious, deliberate life

You’ll learn:

  • The most critical mindset you must have to transform a crazy schedule from busy-ness to balance
  • Four simple steps for a deeper, richer sense of fulfillment instead of feeling “is this all there is?”
  • The #1 misconception about time and how to use that truth to move through the day with less stress and more ease
A Phoenix Rising Approach to Life

The mythical phoenix is a powerful symbol of transformation. If we are living life fully we are like the phoenix – continually engaging a process of death and re-birth, letting go of the the old and welcoming the new.

In this workshop, Michael will share processes, insights, and wisdom around how to more effectively engage this process in life using simple yoga and meditation techniques and his own unique approaches to personal empowerment.

Abhinivesha: Challenging the Obstacles to Happiness

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, he describes the five obstructions to happiness, the kleshas, and states that while all five stem from the first, avidya, or lack of knowing our true nature, that the fifth klesha, abhinivesha, or fear of death, is the most difficult to overcome.

As a culture we are terrified of death. We don’t talk about it, we spend billions of dollars trying to keep ourselves and the ones we love alive even when death is unavoidable, and we have no common language for providing words of comfort to the dying or bereaved.

And although different cultures deal with death differently, and some in much healthier ways than others, this undercurrent of fear of death and clinging to life is a part of human nature, and will always be a challenge for all of us.

This workshop will address cultural perspectives on death, grief and loss, as well as how to provide comfort to people who are seriously ill or dying, or those in bereavement. We will discuss how yoga philosophy and practice helps us to navigate the challenges of loss and bereavement, and how we as yoga teachers and students can assist others down this path with practical skills for addressing grief and loss at the level of all five koshas. The workshop will include suggestions for asana practice and discussion on choosing appropriate postures, as well as how to choose language that supports wholeness at all levels. This workshop is for yoga teachers and hospice workers, as well as anyone else seeking ways to assist those who are seriously ill or dying.”

Affirmations to Awaken your Asanas

What is really going on in each asana? Beyond the physical there are mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits to each pose. Certain affirmations can help us recognize and amplify those benefits. Affirmations can help change the state of our mind and consciousness from self-negating habits into positive affirming ones.

The great yoga guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, said, “Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.” His direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, has created over 50 affirmations for common Hatha Yoga asanas, revealing their essence in body, mind, and spirit. By attending Avital’s session, you will experience a few of those affirmations, discover how they amplify the asana, learn how to create affirmations, and find out how to use them effectively.

Anatomy and Awe

Join Grace Jull, senior faculty for anatomy instruction at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, USA, for a rich exploration of global principles about the body that can transform your experience of asanas and awe. So often we can wonder what is going on under the skin, and Grace can guide and inspire you to explore and understand this sacred inner terrain.

This workshop offers an accessible and practical understanding and may help illuminate your own experience of postures.

Through lecture in part one and a “yoga movement snack” during part 2, we will see these core principles illustrated in downward dog, the pigeon and twist. Not only will this be a refreshing practice, it will reveal a deeper understanding and appreciation of how bones, muscles, slackening, and stretching play out in many facets of our practice. If you understand the principles at play in these postures, you will easily be able to extrapolate this to the expanse of your yoga inquiry and the rich world hidden within. This recipe of postures is particularly of interest to people with low back pain, TMJ, and folks wanting more flow in all of their psycho-spiritual centers and chakras.

Come explore:

* Bones as contours that reflect consciousness ( proportion, and the specifics for the 3 basic regions of hips, spine and shoulders)
* Muscles and fascia – exploring positional therapy and fascial lines or “Anatomy Trains” in asana
* Common sounds and sensations you may be curious about, whether that is tingling in the hands, clinking in the hip, or pops along the spine.

By knowing anatomy, we can befriend our body on a whole new level and have greater appreciation and awe for the temple that we inhabit and the foundational structures we work with in yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Anusara Yoga: Freedom from Inside Out

Anusara Yoga is the fastest growing yoga style in the world. The bio-mechanical principles of alignment help students move past their physical limitations while the spiritual themes of celebration of life as an expression of the Divine, invites students to descover a new level of freedom and love. This workshop will focus on limitless possibilities when connecting with Source and awakening to our fullness with emphasis on freedom in the lower back and tips for fun backbends.

Ishwari will crack the code of spiritual freedom reveling the three keys of Anusara & Tantric Philosophy at the source of manifestation both on the mat and off the mat.

She will share the number one tip to quickly advance your yoga practice using & understanding the biomechanical principles of alignments. She will also focus on inner and outer spirals of the legs for increased freedom in the lower back.

Anusara, Flowing with the Cosmic Dance

In this Anusara Yoga session, we will look in depth at the five acts of Shiva Nataraj, the Cosmic Dancer, and see how they affect both our life and practice. Ishwari will help you reinforce the Universal Principles of Alignment in the Lower body, which is wonderful for lower back, knees or hamstring issues.

This session will consist of a multi-level practice combined with philosophy.

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Awake in the Wild – Mindfulness Meditation in Nature

Have you ever wanted to learn to take your meditation practice outdoors into nature? Are you curious about “Mindfulness Meditation” and how you can practice it in a simple, direct and accessible way? Do you want to bring more awareness to your yoga practice and to all aspects of your life? If so, this session is for you.

In this session, participants will learn about the fundamentals of “Mindfulness Meditation” – the simple but radical capacity to be aware and present in all of our experiences with a non-judgmental accepting attention. You will learn how to take this innate quality and ground your attention in the present moment through mindfulness of the breath and mindfulness of body.

Once this is established, it becomes easier to expand this field of awareness as you go into nature – because it is through awareness of our senses that we allow ourselves to receive a deep receptive relationship with the natural world. As a practical application of this practice, participants will learn how to practice listening meditation as a way to bring mindfulness wherever you are, particularly through the beautiful sounds of nature. Mark will play sounds of nature as a means to explore this exercise of listening. Once developed, this quality becomes a profound doorway to a receptive presence that we can take with us in all situations in our lives.

Ayurveda’s Adaptive Yoga

In this session, learn the specific Ayurvedic applications of the energetics of postures and breathing techniques, including langhana (yin) and brahmana (yang), and the relationship between the nervous system, breathing techniques and yoga postures.

Students will learn how to choose postures and breathing for specific needs and conditions, how to use postures combined with breath to create specific effects, and how to understand the deeper benefits of postures and breathing techniques when used with this focus.

Ayurvedic Perceptions of Yogic Lifestyle

Ayurveda, the world’s oldest comprehensive health care system, is the Science of Life or Pure Wisdom of Daily Living that has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years. It is the “sister science” to Yoga and is one of the most recognized and widely practiced disciplines of alternative medicine in the West. It imparts wisdom on how to live in balance with oneself and the environment, and is a profound philosophy that conjoins “Mind, Body, Spirit” as a framework for Holistic Health and Wellness, a practical knowledge of self-healing that anyone can learn.

In this session, through discussion, dialogue, reflection, and a question-and-answer period, we will explore and experience the ABCs of Ayurveda and the philosophy it shares with Yoga. Complete an Ayurvedic Dosha Questionnire and paint a pallet of who you are and which yoga poses and breathing techniques will best suit your needs.

Learn practical applications of Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners, and how Ayurveda supports Yoga practice by understanding the elements, their functions and how they form the doshas, your constitutional make-up, and their relationship to the mind and emotions. Find out more about Ayurvedic Psychology and how to use postures and breathing techniques to organize an appropriate yoga practice to balance body, mind and spirit in order to be free of disease and move forward in life with grace and ease.

Ayurvedic Wellness Practices for Mindfulness

We want to meditate, we want to create more mindfulness in our lives, but sometimes the natural wild child of our thoughts behaves as well as a recalcitrant two-year-old. In this experiential workshop, we’ll be discussing Ayurvedic techniques to help us discover the ease of mindful experience. Some techniques we’ll cover include nutrition, massage, use of oils, aromatherapy, and more, which will enable us to find the meditation practice that once seemed beyond our reach.

  • Learn essential components of nutrition for a calm and peaceful mind.
  • Discover the sensory experience that works for you to enhance meditation.
  • Experience a short meditation practice to use in everyday life.
Befriending the Body: Yoga for Chronic Pain and Illness

Chronic pain and illness can be debilitating, alienating us from our best ally in the healing journey: our own body. Therapeutic Yoga offers many tools to help us return to a place of comfort and renewed sense of connectivity and joy to our physical self. This course lays out specific methodology for recognizing and taking those vital steps to re-establish a friendly and welcoming space for your body to heal.

Based on authentic teachings from the yoga tradition regarding the use of breath, adaptation, energy flow and mindfulness, this course will facilitate those who suffer with chronic ailments in embarking on a yoga practice that meets them at the current point of their ailment. It will also be an informational resource for yoga teachers who would like to cultivate more tools to understand how to support students who need to move at a gentler or modified pace.

Robin will combine her deep understanding of the teachings of yoga with current findings from neuro-science to highlight the power of harnessing the mind and body to work together as a healing team. Her expertise in the field of chronic pain and illness has been documented by her research and years of work as a yoga therapist addressing structural pain such as back, hip, neck, shoulder pain, and chronic headaches. She has also worked extensively with conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, M.S., Parkinsons, and Cancer.

The course will offer both didactic information and an opportunity for students to call in and ask questions. By first establishing an understanding of how the five koshas – the dimensions of the physical, energetic, mental, wisdom and spiritual bodies – are linked, Robin will emphasize the importance of employing the breath, self-reflection, deep intention, and heart in our yoga practice in order to truly transform the way we feel.

Being Meditation

Being meditation is meant to imply that ‘trying’ to meditate is a paradoxical experience. We can put ourselves in the conscious state of meditation but it isn’t until we learn to ‘let go’ into the meditative energy that expanded consciousness emerges. The discussion in this video conference will help to clarify the neuro-physiological understanding of the meditation process. It will bring to light the recognition that the human brain-body connection is already genetically encoded with the desire and ability to achieve higher states of consciousness. One of the impediments to this process is the ‘ego’ that tries to achieve a state that the brain-body is already capable of achieving without trying. We will look at the interference of a natural biological process and provide several techniques as a way of reducing this interference. We will also activate mechanisms in the body that have been unexplored yet experienced by many meditation masters and students for centuries.

By exploring both the neurological and physiological abilities of the human person, we will be able to bring to light the ease and natural process with which the human organism is capable of moving towards higher states of consciousness and connectedness. It is this inner state of connection that produces a state of inner safety, which is the only place that can produce a state of peaceful harmony with oneself and society. Once this state is achieved, we will discuss how to reinforce this state of inner groundedness and centeredness by repeating the same neurophysiological process that serves to deepen this state of human aliveness.

Brain Fitness Personal Development Mind Machine

In this session, I will be introducing Creative Visualization and Relaxation. CVR is designed to relax the body and open the mind to change. When in a state of deep relaxation during ‘Activate Your Mental Pharmacy,’ the listener creates a trigger that signals the brain to release healing chemicals designed to take away pain in the body quickly and naturally. The process also helps the listener learn to stop being afraid of the pain and truly embrace a pain-free lifestyle. Just what exactly are these healing chemicals? Two of the most effective results of CVR are an increase in serotonin and endorphin levels. These two brain chemicals provide a sense of calm and create an overall sense of well-being in the body. Endorphins, in particular, provide relief from pain and act as a natural anti-depressant. One twenty-minute CVR session can increase serotonin levels by twenty-one percent, and endorphin levels are increased by twenty-five percent.

A great benefit of activating these natural chemicals is that they provide both physical and mental well-being. In addition to relief from physical pain, these chemicals calm the body, increase brain alertness, encourage a positive mindset by acting as natural anti-depressants, and increase feelings of pleasure and love. As a result, CVR not only addresses the physical relief from pain, but also helps one cope with the mental and emotional effects that pain can have on one’s sense of self.

Relaxation is a key element to this process. Dr. Porter leads the listener through many relaxation and breathing techniques. The listener will become more and more relaxed as the process goes on, and will also find it easier to relax when wide awake. While listening to the process, most will be completely unaware of any discomfort, helping them to absorb and use the information presented in the exercise.

Like most things, practicing the techniques often will bring about the most effective results. For most listeners, benefits begin the first time they listen and practice the techniques. The more one practices the process, the easier and more effectively they can activate the chemicals released by their brain. With repeated practice, chronic pain sufferers can even direct these natural chemicals to specific areas of the body, providing relief to the exact source of their pain.

Break Through to Being: Simple Solutions For Awakened Relationships
  • Do you have any relationship frustrations, problems or challenges?
  • Do you already have great relationships and want to evolve further?

Unfortunately, most of us are still experiencing relationship from the perspective of the ego, our old, outdated separate self-identity.

When you make the shift to experiencing and living as Presence, you enter an entirely new dimension. Here, the frustrations, problems, and challenges of our out-dated mode of perception simply don’t exist.

The good news is that it is easier to make the shift to this new dimension than you may think. It is possible to live and relate from the peace, power, love, and clarity of Awakened Presence.

Breathing Practices to Create Resilience for Life®

Imagine possessing invisible tools – to use anywhere, anytime – that are proven to enhance energy, mental clarity, and peace. In this seminar you will learn two powerful breathing techniques that do just that! The first, known as the ‘yogic cup of coffee’ helps to clear away mental cobwebs when you feel depleted and need a pick-me-up. The second stops stress in as little as 30 seconds. No previous experience is necessary – all are welcome.

Learning Objectives: What three things will participants learn from Jaymie’s workshop? They will learn:

1. How the breath is the ‘link’ between the mind and the body.

2. The difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress.

3. The importance of interrupting the stress response and how to do it.

The following experiences, exercises, or activities will be included in your session:

1. Overview of the how the body shape-shifts when we breathe.

2. Hands-on experience in how to utilize and increase lung capacity.

3. Experiential practice of two techniques that can be utilized to energize or calm the nervous system.

Buddhist Meditation in Every Day Life

In Buddhist meditation, we include our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. We try to use these practices to begin to make friends with ourselves and our world. There is no sense rejecting our experience; we work with it. We don’t make any part of our ordinary life “bad” and make our spiritual life “good”, as doing that would create a tremendous internal conflict. Instead, we try to develop a sense of really appreciating and enjoying every aspect of our life. Hence, meditation can be about appreciating even the uncomfortable parts of our world.

Everything is usable and can be part of our meditation practice. This is the real notion of “peace” in the Buddhist tradition. It is about accepting the most challenging parts of our world. This is the meditation taught by the Buddha and handed down through thousands of years. Meditation is more than ever a great tool to address the struggles of modern life. Stress is present in all aspects of our lives. Stress, in the Buddhist tradition, is the basic anxiety of things not being quite correct or, if they are good, of having a subtle fear and worry that they will go bad at some point. The Buddhist meditation deals with how to work with this stress and overcome the anxiety that pervades our daily existence.

Even when we engage in spiritual disciplines, we often feel a sense of unease that lurks in the background of our subconscious mind. By being willing to look at all of our thoughts, we become much more able to see a constant sense of goodness in our worlds. Instead of angry dark corners, we can look at the ugliest parts of our world and see freshness and goodness.

Participants will be taught various meditation practices that come from the Buddhist tradition on how to handle the stresses and strains of our world. During the broadcast, it will be helpful if there are two people in the room or available by phone, but have some paper and pen available if you can’t have two people with you.

Chair Yoga for Every Body

Chair Yoga can be fun and challenging. Chair Yoga offers an alternative to mat yoga that can be just as challenging. Let’s face it, not everyone feels comfortable sitting on the floor. That alone can make yoga inaccessible to many.

However, many postures that are done sitting on the floor can also be done sitting in a chair, resulting in better alignment, less pain and discomfort. Chair Yoga also uses chairs for standing. Using a chair for standing poses offers increased stability and often results in better alignment for students who have joint and muscle stiffness.

In this two-part workshop we’ll first explore Chair Yoga basics, which will be followed by Chair Yoga flows, including the Sun and Moon salutations. Sign up for one or both. Many of these modifications can be used as a mainstream practice for students who have specific limitations.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

You can change your brain and change your life. Your inability to change probably isn’t for lack of trying, thinking, or motivation. You’ve most likely never had the right answers or the right tools. Research shows that these problems are related to the physiology of the brain. And the good news is there’s compelling proof that you can fix the problems in your life!

In this session, Dr Amen will teach you about the brain systems and what mental disorder correlates with each different part of your brain. As he gives you an intimate look into a “working brain”, you will learn:

■ Brain patterns that correlate with specific feelings and behaviors
■ What happens when things go wrong (illustrated by case stories and actual brain images)
■ Specific exercises to balance each part of the brain
■ Why proper diet and exercise are so beneficial to a healthy brain
■ How to Quell Anxiety
■ How to kill ANTs and Fight Depression
■ How to Conquer Impulsiveness and Learn to Focus
■ How to Curb Anger
■ How to Stop Obsessive Worrying

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Creating Balance after Trauma or Injury

We all know that a lingering illness or an injury is taxing to the body, mind and spirit. But what about when the doctor says you are healed and you still feel this disconnection? Recovering from an illness or injury can take a toll on the body, and can leave you feeling disconnected with yourself long after the physical healing has taken place.

In this class Kat will show you how to use asana, meditation, and pranyama to bring ALL aspects of being back to wholeness. You will also learn the steps of the grieving process and how important it is to grieve for the person you once were in order to rejoice in the person you have become in spite of any physical challenges. You will learn breathing techniques to calm and focus the mind, asana to create grounding, balance, and to prepare for meditation.

Kat will share with you her own story of illness, recovery, and reinvention. And how she lived for years in a self destructive cycle of lonlieness, sadness, and self loathing, And how yoga helped her to break that cycle to become more accepting and loving toward herself and others.

This class is suitable for students of all levels.

Creating Peaceable Presence

In this session, Sandy Bothmer, M.Ed. will engage you in a number of exercises from the second edition of her book “Creating the Peaceable Classroom” to help you formulate an inner climate of calm and vitality that will improve your focus and concentration. Although her book is targeted toward teachers and students, the techniques explored are beneficial for all children and adults, no matter what their age or line of work.

How does one create a climate of calm and vitality? It begins with the breath. Breath is the foundation upon which many relaxation and revitalization techniques are built, and it is where Sandy will begin the process with you. You will explore your breath, practicing the complete breath and other breathing patterns that will relax or revitalize you. Child-friendly versions will be taught as well so that you can help those in your care.

The Elevator Technique, which uses the complete breath, is a great way to become more grounded when you feel turmoil within. It can be taught to children as well and is a wonderful way to harness their scattered energies. An additional elevator practice will be taught to help revitalize the heart center and restore it to its natural state of peace.

Qigong (qi – chee, gong – kung), an ancient Chinese practice, brings balance and harmony into the body. It is an effective way to revitalize the mind and body by exercising your vital energy. Sandy will take you through a couple of simple Qigong exercises that can be done by young and old alike.

Finally, you will spend some time learning a spiral or labyrinth technique. Both work to quiet the body, mind, and emotions, thereby bringing you back to your center. However, some individuals connect more with one than the other, so each of you will have a choice as to which one you prefer to use.

Having sampled these techniques, you will gain a sense of which ones you connect with. Select two or three to work with on your own and notice how effective they are in bringing you to a place of peace and calm. And if you are so inclined, share them with others, including your children or students. By creating a peaceful presence, you will be improving your world and theirs.

Creating Your Sacred Space for the Virtual Conference

Participating in a virtual conference gives you the ability to be flexible and enjoy learning from the convenience of your home. But your comfortable environment may also be a trap, distracting you from being fully engaged in the conference experience.

In this session, which will take place at the beginning of the conference, you will learn how to set up your space so that there is a feeling of sacred connection to the conference event. Shaping your immediate environment has a direct impact on your ability to absorb what’s being taught.

In this session, you will learn how to:

Create balance in your area by incorporating the power of the five natural elements
Remove clutter so you can hear what the space is holding and give your full attention to the conference
Match your sacred space to who you are so that you can experience harmony with your surroundings
Create a space that moves you towards your goal of learning at the conference instead of sabotaging your efforts
Perform powerful rituals that reinforce your sacred space

What you learn at this workshop will last well beyond the conference, helping you create a home that is nurturing, recharging, and healing so that you can serve in the world with more clarity and balance.

Creative Sequencing

Attendees will learn how to make their practice their own by adding some creativity and flair to Sun Salutations. They will also learn to provide a flowing sequence, taking them from pose to pose in a full body-mind asana practice.

Whether you are a practitioner or a teacher, this class can serve you well.

Cultivate the Positive: Get Clear and Be Calm

Join in and learn three proven yoga techniques to help you set a worthwhile intention that will enable you to overcome frustrations, anxiety and fatigue.

First, you’ll learn a yoga meditation technique from the Yoga Sutras called Pratipaksha Bhavana, which teaches us to exchange negative thoughts and feelings for positive ones. This nurtures our capacity to react constructively and mindfully in a level-headed and calm manner to people and situations, therefore becoming less likely to react automatically and negatively. This technique helps us develop qualities like courage, kindness, patience and health improvement. In doing so, it enables us to enjoy better relationships, benefit from clear thinking, and have the ability to make positive behavior changes. Next, we’ll practice a yoga posture that is bound to bring your intention to life. Finally, we’ll use a powerful relaxation technique known as Yoga Nidra. Not only is this technique deeply restorative, but it also seals your intention in so that it will take root and bloom.

Dreamwork and Your Body – Part 1

While dreaming, we find ourselves in a world we know to be real. Only upon awakening do we call it a dream. Embodied imagination is a method to relive the dream as a real event. We slow down our remembering of the dream, a slow motion leading to a flashback in which the dreaming environment vividly reconstitutes itself around us. Keeping interpretation at bay, we focus on the events of the dreaming while in a hypnagogic state. We explore a variety of perspectives since the dream ego is only one of the presences being dreamed.

In this way, profound changes of perception can occur that may uproot our limiting habitual consciousness. We find ourselves moving closer to the embodied core of our being where life matters more acutely, instead of living in a holding pattern at the periphery of our existence. By way of demonstration with a dream of a participant, we will show the healing effects of dream embodiment.

Dreamwork and Your Body – Part 2

While dreaming, we find ourselves in a world we know to be real. Only upon awakening do we call it a dream. Embodied imagination is a method to relive the dream as a real event. We slow down our remembering of the dream, a slow motion leading to a flashback in which the dreaming environment vividly reconstitutes itself around us. Keeping interpretation at bay, we focus on the events of the dreaming while in a hypnagogic state. We explore a variety of perspectives since the dream ego is only one of the presences being dreamed. In this way, profound changes of perception can occur that may uproot our limiting habitual consciousness. We find ourselves moving closer to the embodied core of our being where life matters more acutely, instead of living in a holding pattern at the periphery of our existence. By way of demonstration with a dream of a participant, we will show the healing effects of dream embodiment.

Eating Organically on a Budget

Do you want to eat more organic foods but don’t know where to start? Have you wanted to learn more about how an organic diet can benefit you and your family’s health?

Join Mona Laru of Naked Nutrition and embark on a journey to explore how to eat organically on a budget. We’ll cover everything, from how to eat mindfully and enjoy every meal, to organic grocery shopping basics to practical looks at delicious, wholesome recipes, all of which will help you feel and look better both inside and out.

Effervescence for Intuitive Living

At last year’s conference I spoke about Intuition as our Inner tutor, and I am now describing the sensation of Intuitive perception as an Effervescence.

When I experience what I would describe as my own effervescent nature, there is an indescribable and tangible bliss that bubbles up and through my center. This effervescence literally bubbles out around me influencing my thoughts, my actions and interactions, and my work.

Do you ever feel alive and in harmony with the life in and around yourself so that you sense your own effervescence?

I am continually looking for ways to describe the sensation of truth and intuition coming forward, and rising up through me, or expanding out through me, in a continuous loop between that which looks like a me (Anatara) and the universe which holds levels of expanded consciousness which forever surround me.

The sensation of this connection, the continual flow of energy between me and everything around me, feels like a bubbling…

This is ‘my’ effervescence, this describes truth for my being. One may not feel bubbly as I do, but most of us have a sense of when things are moving and working perfectly and harmoniously for us. In these moments we are integrating the truth of our nature with our surroundings. There is freedom in being aligned with the truth of our beings, which is expressed through what I call effervescence.

Our freedom is in how we allow ourselves to effervesce.

Let’s play and interact together in this discovery…Let’s move in safety toward a deeper understanding of what we are here to express through our own versions of Effervescence.”

Effortless Freedom

In every spiritual path there is the hope to alleviate suffering and experience the freedom of our true essential nature. As our innate unborn freedom is revealed, it can be directly realized to be nothing else but this, and nowhere else but here. This may allow one to either suddenly or gradually stop seeking the empty promises of spiritual achievement, and open up to an intimate realization of freedom experiencing itself as life. Join spiritual teacher Matt Kahn and yoga teacher Julie Dittmar to directly experience the simplicity and joy of effortless freedom. Through these direct teachings and their unique loving approach, you are invited to explore the truth of realization in an exciting new way.

“Freedom is already free of the many qualities we think we need to seek in order to be free. Freedom only contains the quality of effortlessness. It is not an effortlessness anyone is asking you to earn or replicate through any personal choice or arduous practice, but an opportunity to intimately look within and realize what effortlessness always remains. What you are – is already free, even when you say you’re not. When this has been realized, the only remaining interest is experiencing how freely everything comes and goes. This is the living joy of effortless freedom.” ~ Matt Kahn

Energy Bootcamp – Framework & Practice

Every Aspect of Your Life is Governed by the Dimensional Layers of Reality!

Every day, well-meaning, big-hearted people who are trying to find fulfillment and make a positive change in their lives are disappointed to find that widely promoted tools and techniques don’t work for them. These commonly accepted tools, such as affirmations and visualization, are known to work – and yet, through no lack of effort or intention on those who try them, most fail to see their desired results.

There are three main reasons that this happens to holistic health practitioners, energy workers, and those in compassionate care roles.

In this call, we will address the three reasons, the energetic structure that acts as a reference point, and work with some tools to create personal understanding.

Energy techniques, philosophies, science and theory can be confusing as well as being personally limiting.

Conscious understanding in working with the dimensional layers of reality allows you to empower your choices, your circumstances, your life!

This approach to health is inclusive in nature with respect to multiple modalities, individual experiences, and understanding. This context for health also allows for exploration and honor, both inwardly and outwardly, on your life journey.

For a more detailed understanding of the dimensions and a greater enhancement of your experience, a set of two CDs will be offered for purchase. Each audio is over an hour long. The first is a dimensional outline and the second is about tools you can use with the audio or on your own.

Exploring the Basic Principles of Alignment

Injury, aging, and repetitive activities can cause skeletal misalignment that triggers compensatory symptoms and dysfunctional movement throughout the body. In this workshop, we will examine the musculoskeletal alignment of the Mountain posture (Tadasana), the foundational pose of yoga.

Referring to the skeletal structure and joints, we will look at how this remarkable natural architecture supports us to feel balanced, stable and free. As a result of this uncomplicated and fundamental review of the “principles of standing”, you will be guided through an experience of stacking your bones directly on top of one other from the ground up to sense the ease and steadiness of what happens when you find the healthy alignment for your individual bone structure.

We will crack the code of postural alignment so you can easily apply these principles in your yoga practice on and off the mat. Whether you are a teacher of yoga, a yoga practitioner, or simply like to stand for hours, these principles will enhance your awareness of how your natural frame functions, thereby enabling you to self-assess common misalignment.

At the end of the session, there will be time for questions to gain insight and share our discoveries regarding your personal exploration of alignment.

Finding Meaning in Your Life

“Man’s search for meaning and purpose is a fundamental question for people to ask themselves. Going on your own unique journey to discover the answer to this question can be a great experience. Money?…Well, that will follow.”

-(Author Unknown)

When we don’t recognize our innate will to find meaning in our lives, we become dull, frustrated and apathetic. It doesn’t matter if we are a high powered executive, artist, criminal, juvenile, drug abuser or whatever, with out that spark of a search for meaning, life has very little value. So often our young people don’t find or see the meaning in their lives and they act out through various demoting behaviors, the emptiness they feel inside as a result. They look at the adults around them who appear to have no meaning in their lives, and it scares them. We will be exploring this subject and include breath work, stories, body movement (Kundalini Yoga) and mantra/meditation as tools to facilitate the unfolding of our life’s purpose.

Focus, Flow and Letting Go: Understanding the Three Stages of Meditation

Have you noticed that inner peace is a moving target? Perhaps you’ve observed that sometimes your traditional practice ‘works’ and other times it seems to have no effect.

Understanding meditation through the lens of Patanjali’s yoga sutras can provide new insights and distinctions to help you cultivate the peace you seek.

Whether you are a teacher or new to meditation, you’ll discover in this presentation the keys to unlocking the deepest challenges of mind-training. The key to practice is not just a strong intellectual understanding of the road map but mastering the techniques that help you open to the mystery of what it means to be alive and awake.

Through lecture and guided experiences, we’ll examine the foundations of the three stages of meditation and how to practically move through each. You will learn specific practices for each stage and be given references for further study.

Meditation reveals how everything is in a constant state of flux and change. These teachings and practical, grounding techniques will help you to shift your practice to meet where you are in any given moment and teach you how to skillfully meet the challenges that arise, not just on your meditation cushion but in your life.

Freud Gets off the Couch and Onto the Mat – Part 1

Freud knew what he was doing when he asked his patients to lie back and recline. Obtaining a calm focused mind and fit body takes practice and discipline over time. People in recovery from addictions can find healthy sober alternatives (abstinence) anxiety provoking and spiritually challenging. Yoga as the recovery room provides the space on the mat to discover automatic mind-body responses and learn calming ways to respond to the waves of sensations.

You’ll learn:

    1) To listen and understand the mind-body responses for addictions;
    2) How yoga practices can relieve cravings and rebuild neural pathways in the brain;
    3) To understand how to integrate practices for specific diseases and recovery.
Freud Gets off the Couch and Onto the Mat – Part 2

Freud knew what he was doing when he asked his patients to lie back and recline. Obtaining a calm focused mind and fit body takes practice and discipline over time. People in recovery from addictions can find healthy sober alternatives (abstinence) anxiety provoking and spiritually challenging. Yoga as the recovery room provides the space on the mat to discover automatic mind-body responses and learn calming ways to respond to the waves of sensations.

You’ll learn:

    1) To listen and understand the mind-body responses for addictions;
    2) How yoga practices can relieve cravings and rebuild neural pathways in the brain;
    3) To understand how to integrate practices for specific diseases and recovery.
Full Body Presence – the Essence of Yoga

In today’s world we all need full access to our inner and outer resources. This hour introduces us to the core inner exploration used for “Full Body Presence”. In a yoga practice, this foundational exploration can immeasurably deepen our experience, thus allowing the wisdom of the body to inform and help us navigate as we live, work, heal and relate in this world. Learning to respect and listen to this body wisdom will ground us in our knowledge and help us rediscover our innate spirituality and develop our emotional intelligence.

Suzanne’s daily yoga practice for 17 years was part of a core foundation of her development of Full Body Presence. She is now sharing with us the fruits of her 30 years of inner exploration in this simple, yet profound offering. Join Suzanne for an experience that will change how you see your world and allow you to connect with the joy already present in your life. Your full body presence is waiting for you!

Fun with Chair Sun Salutation

Chair Yoga can be fun and challenging. It offers an alternative to mat yoga that can be just as challenging. Let’s face it, not everyone feels comfortable sitting on the floor. That alone can make yoga inaccessible. However, many postures that are done sitting on the floor can also be done sitting in a chair, with better alignment, less pain and discomfort. Chair Yoga also uses chairs for standing poses, which offers increased stability and often results in better alignment for students who have joint and muscle stiffness.

In this workshop we’ll explore Chair Yoga Sun Salutations, seated and standing. Seated Sun Salutations are energizing and accessible. Using a chair for standing Sun Salutations is great for students who want an alternative to sitting on the floor. You can do these outside while walking or hiking, at the office for a quick pick-me-up, or any time when sitting on the floor is not an option. Join us! You’ll be glad you did.

Grassroots Marketing to Increase Revenue & Attract More Clients

Online marketing and social media are now seen as non-negotiable marketing tools for Wellness professionals. But the bedrock foundation to marketing lies right outside your Studio, Practice or Clinic!

This session gives you back-to-basics marketing strategies and tools that you can implement straight away.

If you want to increase your cash flow, make a difference, and create a successful and thriving business, this session is for you!

Participants will learn:

    1. The 3 steps to grassroots marketing,
    2. How to stand out from the crowd, and
    3. How to use their current skills, talents and experience as a platform to shine as they market their business.
Green Yoga: Harnessing the Ancient Roots of Yoga to Address

Contemporary Eco-Crisis and Transition

As climate change activist Bill McKibben has said, last year was a hard year for the earth. A massive oil spill in the Gulf, record high temperatures in Asia, and record ice cap melting added to the long list of challenges already facing our planet. The urgency of today’s ecological crises require profound reflection, transformation, and action. Yoga helps us to respond to these crises with courage and love, rather than anger and fear.

In many ways, Yoga was the first eco-philosophy. Vedic teachings emphasized the interdependence of humans with the cosmos. They stressed the necessity of maintaining cosmic order (read “ecological balance”) through humility, restraint, and sacrifice. Tremendous reverence was given to rivers, trees, mountains, and to the body of the earth itself.

This workshop will discuss how to apply the ancient roots of Yoga to today’s ecological crises. You will learn Yogic wisdom for facing fears about the environment, acting from a place of love, and preventing burn-out. You will hear inspiring stories of Yoga practitioners and studios who are applying these principles in their own lives. Finally, an experiential portion of the session will guide you in exploring one ecological concern you have, gaining new peace, strength, and clarity.”

Grief in the Tissues: Trauma Recovery from a Yoga Perspective

Learn what happens in the brain when trauma occurs, how it affects our biochemistry after the event, and how yoga can help bring our inner pharmacy back into balance. You will learn a centering practice for trauma that creates a safe and sacred container, which in addition to fostering the therapeutic bond, allows the trauma releasing work to proceed, often without a story attached.

We will discuss and practice yoga techniques that lay the groundwork for trauma recovery and then gradually begin to restore equilibrium in the traumatized individual. We will discuss how safe yoga practices that include pranayama, mantra, mudra, bhavana (visual imagery) and movement can empower the student or client to be the agent of their own healing.

Health + Wealth = Happiness

In this session, you will learn about the state of common illnesses that can affect people of all ages and discuss what proactive steps can be made to minimize them.

Dee will take us through gentle breathing exercises accompanied by gentle movement. She will discuss nourishment, hunger vs. appetite, breathing exercises and mental attitude. As Dee takes you through this session, you will discover some of the top rewards for having regard for your physical body.

Herbal First Aid – Nutrition and Herbs for Structural Health

The arts of Herbal Medicine and Nutrition are vast. Food is the best medicine (or the worst poison) and there are specific herbs that can heal any illness. This workshop explores the self-treatment of a number of common structural injuries & ailments through diet and herbal medicine. Injuries and degeneration of the structural tissues of the body (cartilage, tendon, ligament, and bone) are often quite difficule to heal.

While most healing takes place through the blood, the structural tissues are primarily avascular, meaning they lack blood supply. Therefore healing and supporting these tissues is a process of mineralization – like a stalgmite forming in a cave. We will discuss the common causes and related anatomy of several common structural ailments (strains, sprains, tendonitis, rheumatism, arthritis, osteoporosis), and explore basic herbal remedies and whole-food diets that facilitate healing. The workshop incorporates medicinal plants native to the North Eastern United States.

How Much Pain is Okay in Yoga Practice – Part 1

Many seek out yoga as a way to decrease pain from an injury, while others practice yoga to attain a better quality of life in the face of a chronic pain condition. Yet most do not have a clear idea of how much pain there should be during a yoga practice.

The problem is that we do not have a clear understanding of pain. Most of us have not had the opportunity to analyze what we think about pain. When we do this, not only do we recognize that our beliefs about pain are out of sync with our beliefs about life and yoga, but we gain awareness that the way we think about pain can be a problem all by itself.

Pain impacts every aspect of our existence, so changing the way we think about the pain we experience during yoga practice is usually not enough. When we understand pain better, and have the chance to consider it from a different perspective, then we can more easily answer the question posed in the title of this session.