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Friday, May 31
 

4:00pm

Registration
Come between 4:00 and 5:00pm to check in and receive your Conference Badge and copy of the Accessible Yoga Conference Journal.  You must be pre-registered to check in.  Please provide registration volunteers with name used to purchase/register for ticket.  No paper ticket is required.  

Friday May 31, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

5:00pm

Opening Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for the Opening Ceremony of the Accessible Yoga Conference St. Louis! We're excited to see old friends and make new ones as we celebrate this auspicious occasion, our first Midwest conference!  The program includes:

Welcome Talk, Jivana Heyman
Opening Meditation, Haley Laughter
Welcome Address, Shannon Roche, Yoga Alliance
Keynote Address, Susanna Barkataki

Speakers
avatar for Haley Laughter

Haley Laughter

President/Founder, Hozho Total Wellness
Haley is a Navajo Yoga instructor, her clans are as follows;Bit'ahnii (Leaf clan), Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), Dibéłzhíní (Black Sheep clan), Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People clan).What motivates Haley is her desire to bring yoga and wellness to her Indigenous... Read More →
avatar for Amina Naru

Amina Naru

Executive Director, Yoga Service Council
Amina Naru is the Co-Executive Director of the Yoga Service Council. She is the owner of Posh Yoga in Wilmington, DE, and works as a yoga instructor, workshop facilitator, and YSC Best Practices Project Manager. Amina has served three terms as Secretary for the YSC Board and is a... Read More →
avatar for Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman

Director, ACCESSIBLE YOGA
Jivana Heyman is founder of Accessible Yoga, which includes Conferences, Trainings, and a new online Network dedicated to sharing yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki

Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute
Susanna Barkataki is speaker, coach and teacher for honoring yoga’s roots and creating diversity and inclusion. Her work explores how we can decolonize, reclaim and honor our own yoga practice centralizing yoga as teacher for healing personally and socially. Call on her to help... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

6:30pm

Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

Mingle with fellow attendees and presenters while enjoying light vegan/vegetarian snacks and refreshments.

Friday May 31, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Il Monastero - Room 102 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero
 
Saturday, June 1
 

9:00am

Making Peace with Your Body
Limited Capacity seats available

With thousands of images of “perfection” shot at us every day, it can be easy to compare ourselves with others and internalize the constant judgment and scrutiny of our bodies.

This workshop intensive explores body acceptance through the lens of the yoga teachings. We will discover how the 8 limbs of yoga, the practice of non-attachment, a feminist lens, and techniques from cognitive psychology can help you get from self-loathing to radical self-acceptance.

This workshop combines pranayama, meditation, self-study, and an engaging lecture for an interactive time of self-discovery and transformation. We’ll discover ways to boost confidence, get in touch with our fierce inner fire, and foster a healthy self image.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes

Founder, Body Positive Yoga
Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga. She’s a ruckus maker, yoga teacher, social justice advocate, and a lifelong student of her body. Amber trains yoga teachers and studio owners how to create accessible and equitable spaces for wellness and liberation. She also coaches... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

9:00am

Making Yoga Accessible to People with Cancer
Limited Capacity filling up

Statistics from the National Cancer Institute from 2016, estimated that there were 15.5 million cancer survivors in this country with an expectation of 1.7 million newly diagnosed people with cancer in 2018. It is likely that a person who is newly diagnosed, in cancer treatment or post cancer treatment is a participant in your Yoga classes. The need is great to offer Yoga to people with cancer that is accessible and safe, whether it be in a Yoga studio or medical setting. This class, both lecture and practice, is aimed at offering basic education for Yoga teachers interested in learning more about how to make Yoga accessible to people with cancer safely and wisely. The YCat approach is based on meeting people where they are and adapting concepts and offering education rather than scripting asanas for a particular diagnosis. Awareness, Breath and Movement, guided imagery in healing, relaxation, meditation, Yoga philosophy and the art of teaching will be discussed for use across the cancer continuum.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Susheela Gilbert

Sandra Susheela Gilbert

Director/Senior Faculty, YCat: Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness
Sandra Susheela Gilbert BA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 is the director of YCat: Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness, founded by the late Jnani Chapman. Sandra has taught in medical settings including Mt. Sinai/Beth Israel in NYC, for retreats at the Omega Institute and Chai Lifeline... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

9:00am

Yoga and Advanced Aging: Teaching in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Memory Care Spaces
Limited Capacity filling up

When we use a phrase like “Yoga for Seniors,” what do we mean? Who are we referring to? Most often we think of students in their sixties or seventies who are ambulatory, independent, and adjusting their practice to accommodate their changing bodies and brains. But what about students in later stages of the aging process? Or students with dementia? What techniques and practices would be beneficial for them? In this workshop we will explore ways to teach safe and effective group classes in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Memory Care spaces.

Senior care facilities can be challenging environments to navigate and many times they are not ideal for yoga classes. Finding a dedicated yoga space is often difficult and usually not feasible. The staff is often carrying one type of energy and the residents another. Many residents are heavily medicated and there is an enormous amount of pain, illness, and loss being experienced and processed. Once in class, students display a diverse range of cognitive and physical disabilities. These challenges notwithstanding, students with advanced aging can practice yoga and feel into more of themselves. Isn’t that what we are after in our practice—to experience connection? We can make yoga accessible to this population by being creative and simplifying yoga to the core principles that connect us to our shared humanity.

Speakers
avatar for Carey Sims

Carey Sims

Teacher, Carey Sims Yoga
Carey Sims is a student of Adaptive Yoga pioneer Matthew Sanford of Mind Body Solutions. His mission is to use Yoga to help students explore their bodies in a non-judgmental way. Carey lives in Charlotte, NC where he teaches at NoDa Yoga and offers Chair Yoga classes at various senior... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Harris-Stowe - Room 213 Harris-Stowe State University

9:00am

Yoga Service, Building a Community of Support and Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to start a yoga program within your community or have a specific population (veterans, schools, detention centers, families, caregivers) and don't know where to start or how to do it?

• Creating a program
• Teaching & Curriculum
• Building relationships
• Working with trauma
• Cultural awareness

This workshop will help maximize the effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of those working to make yoga and mindfulness equally accessible to all and those interested. 

Speakers
avatar for Amina Naru

Amina Naru

Executive Director, Yoga Service Council
Amina Naru is the Co-Executive Director of the Yoga Service Council. She is the owner of Posh Yoga in Wilmington, DE, and works as a yoga instructor, workshop facilitator, and YSC Best Practices Project Manager. Amina has served three terms as Secretary for the YSC Board and is a... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Harris-Stowe - Room 215 Harris-Stowe State University

11:00am

Community Session #1
Limited Capacity filling up

Listen to members of our Accessible Yoga community describe the work they are doing out there in the world!

Hear presentations from:

Jessica Gannon
Char Grossman
Tressa Krenzner
Robyn Lewis
Sally Denton
Zelinda Yanez -and-
Michelle Soyer





Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

11:00am

Sharing Humanity: Opening Yoga to People of All Abilities with Mind Body Solutions
Limited Capacity full

Known for their pioneering approach, Mind Body Solutions has become a leader in the movement to share the transformative work of yoga with people of all abilities. Based on the life experience of founder Matthew Sanford, paralyzed from the chest down following a car accident at age 13, Mind Body Solutions was formed in 2001 with a mission to transform trauma, loss, and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body. We believe in sharing yoga with people along the entire arc of life and have developed programs serving everyone from children in the hospital, to adults living with life-altering conditions, to people nearing the end of life – and every stage in between.

In this introduction to adaptive yoga, join Mind Body Solutions’ Director of Programs, Amy Samson-Burke, for an experiential session that introduces participants to a deeper level of sensation in their body, one that can be used to share yoga with people of every ability. Examine your own yoga practice from a different perspective and begin to play with the sensations experienced in poses as a reference point for your teaching. Discover what nourishes you in a particular pose and explore how that can be shared with those who don’t have access to the physical posture. Learn about common sense precautions to take with your students. And expand what you feel in your mind-body relationship as you create ways to share yoga with every population you wish to reach.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, PYT, OYI

Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, PYT, OYI

Director, Programs, Mind Body Solutions
Amy Samson-Burke has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1990 and is also a Professional Yoga Therapist. She is Director of Programs at the non-profit Mind Body Solutions in Minneapolis, MN, teaches adaptive yoga, and works in developing programs with nationally recognized... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 213 Harris-Stowe State University

11:00am

Yoga for Scleroderma
Limited Capacity seats available

Yoga for Scleroderma will be presented in 3 parts:
The Anatomy of Scleroderma, what a yoga teacher needs to know by Kathy Randolph, C-IAYT
Modifications and Props, presented by a yoga teacher who has Scleroderma by Lori Pierce, RYT-200
Yoga for Hands, what students with Scleroderma want the most by Cheryl Albright, OTR/L, C-IAYT

Yoga for Scleroderma provides the anatomical information about Scleroderma to allow teachers to feel competent in working with students with Scleroderma, and modifications and props that will allow the students to attend a group class safely.

Webpage: www.yogaforscleroderma.com, YouTube :Yoga for Scleroderma Email: kathy@yogaforscleroderma.com

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Randolph, CIAYT

Kathy Randolph, CIAYT

Yoga for Scleroderma
Kathy began teaching Yoga for the Special Child® in 1999.  In 2002 Kathy began to apply the techniques of the Sonia Sumar Method® to Scleroderma.  Kathy teaches Yoga for Scleroderma to students throughout the US, and the Yoga for Scleroderma Teacher Training Program, which is... Read More →
avatar for Lori Pierce

Lori Pierce

Yoga for Scleroderma
Lori Pierce, RYT-200 Lori Pierce was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 2002. Yoga has allowed her to change her health and her life. In 2017 Lori met Kathy Randolph, and they have combined Kathy’s experience teaching yoga to Scleroderma students and Lori’s experience practicing and... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Albright, OTR/L, C-IAYT

Cheryl Albright, OTR/L, C-IAYT

Yoga for Scleroderma
Cheryl Albright has been an occupational therapist for 15 years and teaching Yoga for the Special Child® for 9 years. She has taken advanced training in Yoga for Scleroderma and teaches at Chapter and Support Group meetings in Florida.


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 215 Harris-Stowe State University

11:00am

Living The Myth: An Exploration of the Bhagavad Gita
Limited Capacity seats available

In this collaborative learning experience, we will unpack the deep teachings of the Bhagavad Gita , one of the most celebrated texts in Hindu mythology. For centuries, the Bhagavad Gita has inspired movements across the world due to its rich content that expands on the themes of right action, sacred duty, faith, devotion, and liberation. We will explore what it means to both practice and experience yoga a state of union through deep inquiry and embodied self leadership.

Who are you here to be? What must you bring forth from your heart? How are you compelled to engage in this world? We will dive into the content and context of the Bhagavad Gita and explore the depth of these questions and more through lecture and group conversation. Please note that no previous knowledge of The Gita is required however you may want to read or at least be familiar with the text to get the most out of this experience.

"This is true yoga: the unbinding of the bonds of sorrow. Practice this yoga with determination and with a courageous heart." - Bhagavad Gita, translation by Stephen Mitchell

Speakers
avatar for Rachelle Knowles

Rachelle Knowles

Cultivate Union
Rachelle Knowles is an Atlanta based yoga instructor and the founder of Cultivate Union, a community non-profit organization. 


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

12:30pm

2:00pm

Considerations for Building Community Adaptive Yoga Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Dara and Elizabeth as they present the results and insights from a qualitative study of Yoga For Everyone, the community yoga class Dara built from scratch over 5 years ago. The study provided a participant perspective on the value of a community yoga class for positive physical, mental, and emotional impact as well as social and community building benefits. These insights and understanding can inform future community programs for people living with disability.

We will review the motivators and spark of the class, what the students experience, and the results. Participating in this session will allow you to walk away with tools and insights for building your own adaptive yoga community.

Topics will include reasons for and challenges in participating, the importance of format and social experience, and the interaction between the teacher, volunteers and students.

Speakers
avatar for Dara Brown, ERYT-500, MPH

Dara Brown, ERYT-500, MPH

Dara Brown: Jaya Yoga and Wellness, LCC
Dara is a certified and formerly licensed in Anusara yoga and one of a handful or people who have completed the Opening Yoga Instructor certificate program through MindBody Solutions. She teaches with passion – sharing her own struggles and triumphs on and off the mat, and humor... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Wherley Regan

Elizabeth Wherley Regan

University of South Carolina
Elizabeth is a physical therapist and yoga teacher and enjoys the blend of both perspectives in educating clients in wellness and rehabilitation She is currently a PhD candidate in Exercise Science with a concentration in rehabilitation at the University of South Carolina. Her research... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

2:00pm

All Abilities Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

The All Abilities workshop will be an informative presentation and a review of the foundational methods used by the Guided By Humanity instructors. In this workshop, we will explore disability rights, health disparities amongst persons living with disability, supports needed in the classroom, supporting diverse abilities, while learning the safe and trauma-informed practices used in Guided By Humanity yoga classes for adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. We will also discuss the role of care providers and family members in the classroom. You will leave with a safe, practical and accessible teaching method for your All Abilities adult yoga class.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Sims

Mary Sims

Founder, Guided By Humanity
Mary is the Founder of Guided By Humanity (GBH), a 501(c) (3)Non-Profit dedicated to providing health and wellness opportunities to underserved communities that are accessible to everyone. While building a career, spanning nearly two decades, of directly working with persons with... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 213 Harris-Stowe State University

2:00pm

Fostering Learning and Inclusion Through Yoga
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive presentation, participants will explore the ways in which yoga can be used as a tool for learning. Using real world examples from her work with students in special school District of St. Louis County, Natasha will help teachers and yoga students see the possibilities of yoga as a tool in the development of personal awareness, social and emotional inclusion, personal identity, and academic and social learning .

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Baebler, MAT, E-RYT

Natasha Baebler, MAT, E-RYT

UD for Yoga
Universal access and design are at the forefront of every class Natasha teaches. Natasha combined her certification and experience as a yoga teacher with master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling and special education to develop a universally designed approach that uses yoga... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

4:00pm

Community Session #2
Limited Capacity seats available

Listen to members of our Accessible Yoga community describe the work they are doing out there in the world!

Hear presentations from:

Katie Donzanti
Paul Mross
Melanie Williams
Diane Morse
Jazmin Valez

and more! 

Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

4:00pm

Safety in Yoga
Limited Capacity seats available

The processes of healing after injury and avoiding injury are not as distinct as they might seem. For many decades, the prevailing approach for both has been to minimize load exposure, thereby preventing injury and re-injury. However, a new paradigm is emerging, suggesting that load exposure has a protective and therapeutic effect. Recent developments in rehabilitation research suggest that improvements in tissue capacity is multifaceted; capacity considers not only structure, but also function and pain. Jules shares a summary of these findings and highlights a few landmark papers while examining how these principles can inform a teaching approach to accessibility in the management of common musculoskeletal conditions.

Speakers
avatar for Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell Yoga
Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. She blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. She regularly contributes to yoga teacher... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

4:00pm

Accessible Yoga Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

In the Accessible Yoga Workshop, we’ll answer the question, “Who deserves the teachings of yoga?” And we’ll look at practical ways to make the teachings and practices of yoga available to all students regardless of ability or background. In particular, we’ll look at how to integrate different levels of ability into our classes so that we can serve the needs of all of our students.
We’ll consider how the essential principals of yoga are accessible to everyone, and how the challenges that come with disability, illness and pain can lead to greater wisdom and insight. The program will include a mixture of discussion, yoga practice, and practice teaching.
Content includes:
  • How do we make yoga accessible? Considering the role of the yoga teacher in accessibility.
  • Variations of a few popular asanas, including chair yoga and bed yoga versions.
  • Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes.

Speakers
avatar for Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman

Director, ACCESSIBLE YOGA
Jivana Heyman is founder of Accessible Yoga, which includes Conferences, Trainings, and a new online Network dedicated to sharing yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 213 Harris-Stowe State University

4:00pm

Bedside Yoga - Yoga and End of Life Care
Limited Capacity filling up

As the general population is aging, many yoga students and teachers are finding themselves drawn to end of life care. We know in our own practice how we can use the teachings of yoga to prepare us for our own death, and may have thought about how we might emotionally and spiritually manage our own feelings in the face of death of people we know and love. But how do we offer these practices to those who are at the end of their own lives? How do we encourage gentle movement practices and share ideas and tools that will help them to heal into their own death? In this class, Molly Lannon Kenny, founder of Bedside Yoga (TM), will share her own experience with yoga at end of life and offer both practical tools as well as a framework of insight to inspire and encourage folks interested in this powerful and much needed work.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Lannon Kenny

Molly Lannon Kenny

Founder/Director, The Samarya Center
Molly was the founder and director of the Samarya Center for Humankindness for over 15 years before moving permanently to her home in Mexico. During her time at Samarya, Molly led over 30 yoga teacher trainings, was on the board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 215 Harris-Stowe State University
 
Sunday, June 2
 

9:00am

Indigenous Consciousness
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus around Indigenous philosophy and Yoga.  We will examine historical trauma and I will share about my work throughout Indigenous country to promote yoga, and how Indigenous (Navajo) teachings are congruent with yogic philosophy, utilizing the four elements.

Speakers
avatar for Haley Laughter

Haley Laughter

President/Founder, Hozho Total Wellness
Haley is a Navajo Yoga instructor, her clans are as follows;Bit'ahnii (Leaf clan), Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), Dibéłzhíní (Black Sheep clan), Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People clan).What motivates Haley is her desire to bring yoga and wellness to her Indigenous... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

9:00am

Aqua Kriya Yoga; Benefits and accessibility for a lifetime of practice
Limited Capacity filling up

Functioning through a physical body in the gravitational field can take a toll as the body ages, or is subject to injury or illness. In this presentation, Camella will share evidence based, diverse case studies as well as present the benefits of practicing yoga in the water. Diverse populations practicing together fosters accessibility as well as inclusion in an 'ego-less' environment. Exercise 'under dosing' may be common particularly for aging adults on land, yet they can benefit from a more aerobic Vinyasa type practice in the water that challenges the brain whilst allowing for a flowing, breath centered practice which may not be possible on land. Wisdom takes decades of experience and discernment through Self-Awareness and Discipline. Experiencing yoga practice within our bodies most dominant element (water), can help to insure that we never give up our asana practice and spiritual growth, and can be an accompaniment to land yoga, or become the main practice arena to move Prana and find greater balance in life.

Speakers
avatar for Camella Nair (Swami Nibhrtananda)

Camella Nair (Swami Nibhrtananda)

Author, IAYT -C, Ayurvedic Health Educator and Swami in the Kriya lineage, Aqua Kriya Yoga
As a female Swami in an unbroken line of spiritual teachers, I teach the wisdom of Kriya Yoga from a feminine perspective. I started yoga at an early age and have witnessed first hand how yoga in the 'gravitational field' can challenge us. Many people 'give up' practicing yoga because... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Harris-Stowe - Room 215 Harris-Stowe State University

9:00am

Sharing Humanity: Opening Yoga to People of All Abilities with Mind Body Solutions
Limited Capacity filling up

*Second session just added to the schedule!  

Known for their pioneering approach, Mind Body Solutions has become a leader in the movement to share the transformative work of yoga with people of all abilities. Based on the life experience of founder Matthew Sanford, paralyzed from the chest down following a car accident at age 13, Mind Body Solutions was formed in 2001 with a mission to transform trauma, loss, and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body. We believe in sharing yoga with people along the entire arc of life and have developed programs serving everyone from children in the hospital, to adults living with life-altering conditions, to people nearing the end of life – and every stage in between.

In this introduction to adaptive yoga, join Mind Body Solutions’ Director of Programs, Amy Samson-Burke, for an experiential session that introduces participants to a deeper level of sensation in their body, one that can be used to share yoga with people of every ability. Examine your own yoga practice from a different perspective and begin to play with the sensations experienced in poses as a reference point for your teaching. Discover what nourishes you in a particular pose and explore how that can be shared with those who don’t have access to the physical posture. Learn about common sense precautions to take with your students. And expand what you feel in your mind-body relationship as you create ways to share yoga with every population you wish to reach.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, PYT, OYI

Amy Samson-Burke, MPT, PYT, OYI

Director, Programs, Mind Body Solutions
Amy Samson-Burke has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1990 and is also a Professional Yoga Therapist. She is Director of Programs at the non-profit Mind Body Solutions in Minneapolis, MN, teaches adaptive yoga, and works in developing programs with nationally recognized... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

9:00am

Peace Filled Parenting
Limited Capacity seats available

Parenthood is a journey we do not have to travel alone. We can find links to peace, joy and ease throughout the days. Join Kelley Carboni-Woods for a unique experience in connecting to community and finding the links between our yoga practice, power to create peace through parenting, on and off the mat.

This workshop invites all parents of children unborn, little, big and adult. We will build community, connect to our breath, find gentle movement and cultivate tools to continue to practice off of the mat. This offering is centered in grounding our practice in the reality of our unique responsibility, at every stage of parenting.

We often think of a yoga practice as a quiet, sacred practice away from the excitement, energies and moods of our children. That is not reality for most, so we will explore what the practice looks like. This offering asks us all to be in community and provides tools so we can be a living example of practicing wellness, being connected to our self care and connecting in community. It is from this place we become an example of peace filled living.

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Carboni-Woods

Kelley Carboni-Woods

Peace Filled Mama
Kelley Carboni-Woods is a writer, wellness advocate and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga, a path of mindful wellness and self realization... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Harris-Stowe - Room 213 Harris-Stowe State University

11:00am

"Stranger No More": The Intersectionality of Yoga, Accessibility and Race
Limited Capacity filling up

Close your eyes; take a deep inhale; on your exhale visualize an accessible yoga class. Open your eyes; what did you see? Maybe you saw a class of yoga students with disabilities. Maybe the class was filled with students of every body size, socioeconomic status, and or age? And if so, you are right!

In our vision, THE COLLECTIVE STL imagines a class that is accessible to Black people, one in which the students feel safe, comfortable and accepted. This workshop will consist of a short vinyasa flow followed by a community circle talk on the intersectionality of Yoga, Accessibility and Race. ...because we really need to talk about race as yogis...

Speakers
avatar for THE COLLECTIVE STL

THE COLLECTIVE STL

THE COLLECTIVE STL is a vibrant group of Black yoga and wellness instructors, fully committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Black communities in St. Louis.


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 215 Harris-Stowe State University

11:00am

What Does it Mean to Feel Welcome?
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we replicate social bias - even in our yoga studios and classes - and how can we do better? Why is it that so many yoga classes have homogenous clientele even though teachers claim often (and sometimes loudly) that everyone is welcome? What do we mean by "everyone?"

This session will use storytelling and interactive discussion to explore the concept of "welcome," how unconscious bias influences each of us, and how both segregation and diversity can be GOOD things in a yoga class, as long as they're consciously constructed environments. We'll also discuss how to shift the overall culture of U.S. yoga practice toward practice environments that feel accessible to people of all appearances and backgrounds.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Dark

Kimberly Dark

Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor, yoga teacher and raconteur, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life one clever essay, poem, and story at a time. She uses humor, surprise and intimacy to help audiences discover their influences, and reclaim their power as social... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

11:00am

Navigating the Intersection of Disability Rights and Accessible Yoga
Limited Capacity full

The Accessible Yoga Movement is in its infancy compared to the Disability Rights Movement, which began in the 1960’s, yet both share many similarities. The goal of each is to challenge negative attitudes, policies, and perceptions about people with disabilities, promoting equitable participation of people of all abilities in yoga practice and in society. This presentation will give a brief history of the Disability Rights Movement. We will then explore the Accessible Yoga Movement as another step on the disability rights journey, paying attention to what values and rights are important to people with disabilities as participants in yoga classes and members of the larger yoga community.

Looking past the mechanics of yoga practice, many barriers to inclusion still exist, both physical and attitudinal, preventing people with disabilities’ participation in yoga. These barriers may exist in yoga studios, class policies, and in methods of yoga teacher training. We will discuss, as a group, what some of these barriers are and how we can devise solutions for them. The workshop will conclude with a short chair yoga class/demonstration, focusing on simple adaptations that can make the benefits of yoga accessible for every body.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan McGraw

Ryan McGraw

Ryan McGraw approaches every class with the belief that everyone can do yoga. As a person with cerebral palsy who has been practicing yoga for 15 years, Ryan is well aware that yoga poses can be adapted to meet the needs of the student, no matter what their ability level is. Ryan... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero

11:00am

Wholeness: A Yoga Approach to Working with Amputees
Limited Capacity filling up

What is whole, this is whole; what has come out of the whole is also whole. When the whole is taken out of the whole, the whole still remains whole.... Shanti mantra, Upanishad

In this workshop, we will explore the concept of wholeness ( Purna) as it pertains to amputees. Losing a limb or limbs changes a person’s life drastically on all levels. From the practical aspects of hatha yoga , including breath, warm ups, poses and meditation, we will dive deeper into the inner truth of our essential wholeness as a global community with lecture and a guided healing visualization . We will learn innovative ways to help our amputee students, and ourselves, remember and live from the eternal nature of our beings. This workshop includes active yoga practice and demonstration , as well as lecture and a guided healing visualization .

Speakers
avatar for Marsha Therese Danzig

Marsha Therese Danzig

Founder, Yoga for Amputees
Marsha Therese Danzig, M. Ed Harvard, is an Advanced Yoga Therapist, Energy Healer and Speaker. Marsha, a below knee amputee, pediatric cancer survivor and kidney transplant recipient is the Founder of Yoga for Amputees® by Marsha T Danzig, a yoga program to help amputees move forward... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Harris-Stowe - Room 213 Harris-Stowe State University

12:30pm

1:30pm

Closing Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for the Closing Ceremony of the Accessible Yoga Conference St. Louis. We'll hear some inspiring words from:

Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Keynote Address
Jivana Heyman, Thank You and Goodbye


Speakers
avatar for Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman

Director, ACCESSIBLE YOGA
Jivana Heyman is founder of Accessible Yoga, which includes Conferences, Trainings, and a new online Network dedicated to sharing yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty years of training and teaching in... Read More →
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Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Skill in Action
Michelle C. Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Il Monastero - Sanctuary Saint Louis University: Il Monastero