Teaching yoga is a creative profession, which means that it flows more smoothly when you are motivated and inspired. What inspires you?
There are many places where we can look for inspiration: our personal yoga practice, books and workshops, studying with other teachers, and noticing teachable moments in life in general. Inspiration is fueled by curiosity, exposure to other points of view, looking at things in a new light, and going beyond the familiar.
This why I love coming to SYTAR – an annual event put together by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. SYTAR stands for Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research and always features great speakers, interesting discussion panels and a great variety of yoga practices. This year it takes place in Newport Beach on June 13 -16. Beyond providing new information, SYTAR encourages you to think differently, to look at the big picture, and gives you insights about your own work. But what I personally appreciate the most, is that for three days you are surrounded by people who feel just as passionate about yoga and its healing potential as you do. I find that to be truly inspiring. You get to build new connections and check out the amazing work that other folks are doing in the field of yoga therapy. I always come away inspired, reenergized and encouraged. In addition to giving me new information to process and integrate, I find that this event confirms my convictions.
This year SYTAR features some remarkable speakers and topics, covering applications of yoga therapy for cardiac and mental health, MS and Parkinson’s, lower back pain and insomnia, cancer and pelvic health, emotional regulation in kids and rehab. It also includes presentations that take a bird’s eye view of the general landscape of yoga therapy in the 21st century, including its role in pain management, hospital environment, community care, and so on. Here is the full 2019 Program schedule, if you are interested.
I am also very excited about the fact that this year I will be teaching a morning yoga practice at SYTAR on the topic that’s very dear to my heart – Yoga for hip and sacrum stability. In this practice we will focus on developing structural stability in the sacrum and releasing chronic muscle contraction around the hips to increase blood flow and facilitate healing. I plan to explain and demonstrate why we get into trouble with our sacroiliac joints in the first place, and what kind of strategies we can employ to both remedy the discomfort and prevent it. We will experiment with some unique moves, that, I hope, will inspire my attendees in their own teaching. This practice will take place on Saturday morning (June 15) and I would love for you to join us! This class has been full since March, but the organizers agreed to open up five additional spaces in it, which means that there is still room! If you are thinking about coming to the conference and checking out this class, I suggest you register sooner rather than later.
And regardless of whether or not you come to my class, I would love to connect with you at the conference. I will have a Sequence Wiz table set up in the exhibit area and will be hanging out there – please stop by to say hello and pick up some free goodies.
I hope to see you there!
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