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Friday, March 15
 

9:00am

Accessibility and Adaptive Yoga
Presenters
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 →
avatar for Liz Heffernan

Liz Heffernan

Soma Yoga Institute
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is a gifted international teacher, a certified Yoga Therapist and long- term practitioner.  She combines her in-depth knowledge of anatomically informed alignment with insights and practical wisdom gained from 23 years of yoga teaching & immersive... Read More →
avatar for Pauline Lucas

Pauline Lucas

Pelvic Health PT, Yoga Therapist, Women's Health Coach, Phoenix Yoga and Meditation and Mayo Clinic
"My life's work is to be a bridge builder-by sharing the wisdom of yoga with the world of conventional medicine, and the science of medicine with the world of yoga." Pauline Lucas is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Board Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist and Health... Read More →
avatar for Donna Schnoor

Donna Schnoor

E-RYT500 YACEP, Yoga4U LLC
Donna’s themed classes offer a unique fusion of alignment, anatomy, and strength while delving into the deeper meaning of Yoga. She specializes in modalities for healing in all levels, gentle, and specialty classes that target specific areas of the body or ailments. All of her classes... Read More →
avatar for Mindy Eisenberg

Mindy Eisenberg

Founder and Director, Yoga Moves MS
Mindy Eisenberg, MHSA, ERYT-500, C-IAYT is the author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body and the Founder and Director of Yoga Moves MS, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides small group adaptive yoga classes throughout southeastern Michigan and serves to educate the community... Read More →
avatar for Lori Edwards

Lori Edwards

Owner/Faclitator, EmpowerYoga
With years of experience and education in Child and Youth Care, Family Services and Mental Health and Addictions, the depth of my lived experience is the most valuable expertise I bring to clients, students, health care professionals and the yoga community. An expertise that is beyond... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
The Forum

10:30am

Yogis Behaving Badly: Yamas & Niyamas for the Billion Dollar Yoga Business
Presenters
avatar for Peter Sterios

Peter Sterios

Founder, LEVITYoGA
Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized teacher, author, and entrepreneur based in San Luis Obispo, California. His first yoga video Gravity & Grace made Yoga Journal’s “top 15 yoga DVDs of all time” (2008). He is the founder of Manduka™ (1997), LEVITYoGA™ (2012... Read More →
avatar for anne sweet

anne sweet

Owners, Vibe Tribe Life, LLC
Mother and Daughter duo combine their hearts and their passions to create one dynamic yoga business. Anne Sweet and her daughter Mary Clare Sweet own Lotus House of Yoga Studios, Vibe Tribe Travel, High Vibrational Life Coaching, Namaste CBD and High Vibe Cafe they also run a highly... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski is a yoga teacher, consultant. He writes about cult dynamics and adverse experiences in yoga culture at www.matthewremski.com. He offers modules in philosophy, history, culture and ethics at YTT programmes around the world. At SYF 2019 he's pleased to be launching his... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
The Forum

11:45am

Who's my Guru? Pointing to the teacher within
Presenters
avatar for Arjuna

Arjuna

Arjuna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda & the director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated-Sivananda Yoga Center in Gatineau, Quebec. He has tens of thousands of hours teaching experience and has been offering yoga programs in Sivananda centers & ashrams around the world... Read More →
avatar for Lorenzo Hickey

Lorenzo Hickey

Shape Shift World
Lorenzo Hickey has helped form 18 leading-edge startup companies. Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & MBA from Pepperdine University, and experience growing an organization of over 20,000 employees, he is an expert at all facets of running a business.His company Shape... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Eykel

Kristen Eykel

Meditation Teacher, Sacred Circle Media
My personal journey into Energy, Yoga and Healing techniques began while I was still modeling, and taught me how to deepen my awareness and to own myself for the very first time. As a model, I was a commodity, but through my study, learned that I was a Spiritual being having a Human... Read More →
avatar for Pete A Sanders Jr

Pete A Sanders Jr

President & Founder, FreeSoul.net
Pete A. Sanders Jr. is an Honors Graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with principle studies in BioMedical Chemistry and Brain Science. A 35+ year resident of Sedona, he is the author of Scientific Vortex Information and Access Your Brain's Joy Center (brain science discoveries... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Platt-Finger

Sarah Platt-Finger

Ishta Yoga
Sarah Platt-Finger is the Co-founder of ISHTA Yoga, one of the top 7 yoga studios in Manhattan, with her husband, Yogiraj Alan Finger. Sarah is one of the most sought after teachers in NYC, and has created one of the most highly respected teacher training programs in the industry... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
The Forum

1:15pm

The Dark Side of Yoga
Presenters
avatar for Erin Byron

Erin Byron

Yoga for the Creative Soul
Erin Byron, MA is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and enlightenment activist. She co-founded one of the first internationally-accredited yoga therapist training programs and leads retreats worldwide. Erin's mystical and meditative experiences began in childhood through her relationship... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski is a yoga teacher, consultant. He writes about cult dynamics and adverse experiences in yoga culture at www.matthewremski.com. He offers modules in philosophy, history, culture and ethics at YTT programmes around the world. At SYF 2019 he's pleased to be launching his... Read More →
avatar for Amean Hameed

Amean Hameed

HealingPAQ Inc.
Amean is the founder of HealingPAQ, a non-profit educational foundation rooted in Divine intelligence and healing energy. Synthesizing the central concepts of Eastern and Western medicine, HealingPAQ promotes each individual’s unique connection with the Divine. Amean has cultivated... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
The Forum

3:00pm

Mats to Marches: activism in action
Presenters
avatar for Erin Byron

Erin Byron

Yoga for the Creative Soul
Erin Byron, MA is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and enlightenment activist. She co-founded one of the first internationally-accredited yoga therapist training programs and leads retreats worldwide. Erin's mystical and meditative experiences began in childhood through her relationship... Read More →
avatar for Swami Sankarananda

Swami Sankarananda

Founder and Steward, Divine Grace Yoga Ashram
I am a simple peace pilgrim. After having experienced the grace of inner peace, having lived with and been guided by great Yogis in the Himalayas, and having travelled the USA for nearly five years, now I have been asked to tend to this desert oasis named Divine Grace Yoga Ashram... Read More →
avatar for Galen Tromble

Galen Tromble

Founder, ClimateYogi
Galen Tromble (e-RYT 200) believes in the transformative power of yoga to help us learn who we are, and relate to the world with positivity and gratitude for the gift of being alive. Galen began yoga in a search for a more positive way of living and found a transformative life practice... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Forum
 
Saturday, March 16
 

9:30am

Diversity and Inclusivity in Yogic Spaces
Presenters
avatar for Rina Jakubowicz

Rina Jakubowicz

Founder, Rina Yoga
Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga, is known for her vibrant and uplifting approach to yoga by bringing movement, philosophy and fun to all, including Latinos and children. She is an international bilingual yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, and author. Her... Read More →
avatar for Dre Dygert

Dre Dygert

Dre Dygert happened upon yoga at her gym by accident. She was surprised how mentally and physically challenging the class was, and loved how her mind and body felt afterwards. She began practicing yoga regularly, and after noticing major shifts in herself and her life within only... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
The Forum

10:45am

Public Profile Personal Practice - How do we Share?
Presenters
avatar for Lorenzo Hickey

Lorenzo Hickey

Shape Shift World
Lorenzo Hickey has helped form 18 leading-edge startup companies. Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & MBA from Pepperdine University, and experience growing an organization of over 20,000 employees, he is an expert at all facets of running a business.His company Shape... Read More →
avatar for Leah Kinsella

Leah Kinsella

Meditation Coach, Leah Kinsella
Friend, sister, teacher, and coach.  Leah has been teaching since 2007; a student of yoga since 2000.  She teaches from a place of dedication to the practice and has been fortunate enough to have high caliber teachers like Rod Stryker, Brent Anderson and Sally Kempton   Leah is... Read More →
avatar for Davin Youngs

Davin Youngs

Singer and Sound Guide
Davin Youngs is a singer, teacher and sound guide based in Chicago, IL. His work spans from performative to healing and is intended to move all humans toward positive growth and change.  Davin creates one of a kind sonic landscapes using his voice, sound healing instruments, looping... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Cheolseong Gentile

Douglas Cheolseong Gentile

Five Mountain Zen
Ven. Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile, Ph.D., is an ordained Zen monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order and is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. In his research career, he has authored over 100 peer-reviewed... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
The Forum

1:45pm

Do yogis walk lightly?
Presenters
avatar for Erin Byron

Erin Byron

Yoga for the Creative Soul
Erin Byron, MA is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and enlightenment activist. She co-founded one of the first internationally-accredited yoga therapist training programs and leads retreats worldwide. Erin's mystical and meditative experiences began in childhood through her relationship... Read More →
avatar for Swami Sankarananda

Swami Sankarananda

Founder and Steward, Divine Grace Yoga Ashram
I am a simple peace pilgrim. After having experienced the grace of inner peace, having lived with and been guided by great Yogis in the Himalayas, and having travelled the USA for nearly five years, now I have been asked to tend to this desert oasis named Divine Grace Yoga Ashram... Read More →
avatar for Amean Hameed

Amean Hameed

HealingPAQ Inc.
Amean is the founder of HealingPAQ, a non-profit educational foundation rooted in Divine intelligence and healing energy. Synthesizing the central concepts of Eastern and Western medicine, HealingPAQ promotes each individual’s unique connection with the Divine. Amean has cultivated... Read More →
avatar for Galen Tromble

Galen Tromble

Founder, ClimateYogi
Galen Tromble (e-RYT 200) believes in the transformative power of yoga to help us learn who we are, and relate to the world with positivity and gratitude for the gift of being alive. Galen began yoga in a search for a more positive way of living and found a transformative life practice... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
The Forum

3:00pm

Relationships, Belonging, Courage & Vision
Panel with Q&A

Presenters
avatar for Lori Zeltwanger

Lori Zeltwanger

Owner and Physical Therapist, Myofascial Mastery Academy and Advanced Release Therapy
Lori is a licensed physical therapist, best selling author, featured representative on TV as women's health advocate and owner of Advanced Release Therapy and Pelvis Wellness Therapy specializing for over 25 years in Myofascial Release from a total body/mind/spirit perspective. Lori... Read More →
avatar for Peter Sterios

Peter Sterios

Founder, LEVITYoGA
Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized teacher, author, and entrepreneur based in San Luis Obispo, California. His first yoga video Gravity & Grace made Yoga Journal’s “top 15 yoga DVDs of all time” (2008). He is the founder of Manduka™ (1997), LEVITYoGA™ (2012... Read More →
avatar for Eva Maurice

Eva Maurice

Eva Maurice Spiritual Counselor
As a contemporary Spiritual Counselor Eva inspires people to evolve through self-discovery, self-care practices, and Divine inspiration. Her compassionate, yet candid approach creates a safe space for clients to find their truth through Self Love. Eva’s insight, wit and easy-going... Read More →
avatar for Eric Paskel

Eric Paskel

Author, Unfucked Code: Transform Your Relationships from Fighting to Uniting; Owner, Electric Soul Yoga
Eric Paskel is known for his rock ’n roll personality in the normally quiet world ofyoga. He is an international yoga teacher, marriage-family and child counselor,and motivational speaker. He has been a teacher of teachers since 1999,presenting at Yoga Journal Conferences, Kripalu... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Forum

4:30pm

How to be a real teacher
Presenters
avatar for Arjuna

Arjuna

Arjuna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda & the director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated-Sivananda Yoga Center in Gatineau, Quebec. He has tens of thousands of hours teaching experience and has been offering yoga programs in Sivananda centers & ashrams around the world... Read More →
avatar for Swami Sankarananda

Swami Sankarananda

Founder and Steward, Divine Grace Yoga Ashram
I am a simple peace pilgrim. After having experienced the grace of inner peace, having lived with and been guided by great Yogis in the Himalayas, and having travelled the USA for nearly five years, now I have been asked to tend to this desert oasis named Divine Grace Yoga Ashram... Read More →
avatar for Judy Weaver

Judy Weaver

connected warriors
Judy is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist.  Using her 30 years of learning and teaching she founded Connected Warriors a non-profit delivering Trauma-Conscious yoga programs to veterans and their families around the world and Bodymind Recalibration™ a multi-discipline body-mind... Read More →
avatar for Ana Brett & Ravi Singh

Ana Brett & Ravi Singh

Raviana Productions
Master yogis ANA BRETT and RAVI SINGH, are known as the lovable "rebels" of Kundalini Yoga because of their refreshingly non-dogmatic, user-friendly approach. Authors of a new book and 25 bestselling DVDs, this dynamic duo presents authentic Kundalini Yoga in their much loved cutting... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
The Forum
 
Sunday, March 17
 

7:45am

Rebalancing Shiva-Shakti, the rebirth of feminine principled leadership
Presenters
avatar for Lori Zeltwanger

Lori Zeltwanger

Owner and Physical Therapist, Myofascial Mastery Academy and Advanced Release Therapy
Lori is a licensed physical therapist, best selling author, featured representative on TV as women's health advocate and owner of Advanced Release Therapy and Pelvis Wellness Therapy specializing for over 25 years in Myofascial Release from a total body/mind/spirit perspective. Lori... Read More →
avatar for Bizzie Gold

Bizzie Gold

CEOxFOUNDERxTEACHER
One of the world's top Personal Development + Wellness Experts, Bizzie Gold has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, E!, EXTRA, Home & Family, Bethenny, ABC NEWS and MSNBC to discuss her unique approach to sustainable transformation that has garnered widespread Hollywood praise (past... Read More →
avatar for Dana Damara

Dana Damara

Creator, Dana Damara Evolution
Dana Damara is a Master Teacher and healer with Shaman roots. She began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago which has included working with prenatal women and new mothers, owning a successful yoga studio in the NW, writing and running Embody Truth Yoga School, creating Youth and... Read More →
avatar for Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey

E-RYT, YACEP
Anton Mackey is a soulful vinyasa teacher who masterfully bridges the gap between the spiritual and the physical, weaving his knowledge of anatomy with sacred wisdom into every practice. Guided by the breath, students will encounter intelligent and creative sequences that create... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Eykel

Kristen Eykel

Meditation Teacher, Sacred Circle Media
My personal journey into Energy, Yoga and Healing techniques began while I was still modeling, and taught me how to deepen my awareness and to own myself for the very first time. As a model, I was a commodity, but through my study, learned that I was a Spiritual being having a Human... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen Kirtan
Boulder, CO based Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute and loves working with those who feel called to share Kirtan with others and possess big ambitions around personal development and contribution through Kirtan. Mike has trained and apprenticed hundreds of Kirtan... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
The Forum

9:30am

The Shift: Awakening your Soul
Presenters
avatar for Donny Starkins

Donny Starkins

Serve Big LLC
Donny Starkins is international yoga instructor, mindfulness teacher and life coach from Phoenix, Arizona. As a former Division 1 baseball player, Donny’s yoga journey started in 2005 by searching for pain relief after seven operations on his left knee. Fast forward to today, Donny... Read More →
avatar for Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey

E-RYT, YACEP
Anton Mackey is a soulful vinyasa teacher who masterfully bridges the gap between the spiritual and the physical, weaving his knowledge of anatomy with sacred wisdom into every practice. Guided by the breath, students will encounter intelligent and creative sequences that create... Read More →
avatar for Sabine Messner

Sabine Messner

Soul Purpose Wealth
Sabine Messner is on a mission to show seemingly ordinary professionals as well as extraordinary luminaries how to be in business with their Soul's purpose. Her new paradigm approach of Spiritual Entrepreneurship has liberated and empowered hundreds of lightworkers across the globe... Read More →
avatar for Isabella Greene

Isabella Greene

Metaphysical Specialist & Healer
Isabella A. Greene is a Starseed, a Lightworker and a Wayshower. She serves as a Metaphysical Specialist, Spiritual Healer, Coach and Teacher. Her mission is multidimensional and extends beyond the limitations of 3D. With strong psychic and paranormal gifts from childhood and... Read More →
avatar for Tashi Lam

Tashi Lam

Co-Founder, Wuji Wellness, LLC
Tashi Lam started his internal martial art training with White Crane Kung Fu Grandmaster Ru Hu Zhu in 1995. He became an assistant in 1999. He opened his own school to share this art in 2004 in Phoenix when Grandmaster (GM) Zhu left AZ. Besides studying with GM Zhu, he studied with... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
The Forum

11:45am

Spiritual Bypassing
Presenters
avatar for Roy Holman

Roy Holman

Owner, Holman Health Connections
Roy Holman is author of two books: Healing Self, Healing Earth, and Poems from the Passionate Heart.  Roy has taught since pre-2000, and is a certified Yoga, Meditation, and Healing Instructor, a Oneness Blessing trainer, and leads retreats to Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Bali... Read More →
avatar for Sam geppi

Sam geppi

Founder, Vedic Astrology Center
Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of "Yoga and Vedic Astrology" and "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology". He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science - which offers level 1-3 Certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently the Academy has more... Read More →
avatar for Susie Beiler

Susie Beiler

Susie Beiler is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and the founder of The Creation Temple®, an online resource for supporting Lightworkers in their spiritual path. With training in Occupational Therapy and Holistic Nutrition, Susie experienced a profound shift in 2004, after... Read More →
avatar for Sabine Messner

Sabine Messner

Soul Purpose Wealth
Sabine Messner is on a mission to show seemingly ordinary professionals as well as extraordinary luminaries how to be in business with their Soul's purpose. Her new paradigm approach of Spiritual Entrepreneurship has liberated and empowered hundreds of lightworkers across the globe... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Platt-Finger

Sarah Platt-Finger

Ishta Yoga
Sarah Platt-Finger is the Co-founder of ISHTA Yoga, one of the top 7 yoga studios in Manhattan, with her husband, Yogiraj Alan Finger. Sarah is one of the most sought after teachers in NYC, and has created one of the most highly respected teacher training programs in the industry... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
The Forum

1:30pm

The effects of trauma on your Nervous System
Presenters
avatar for Nityda Gessel

Nityda Gessel

Founder/Owner, The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute
Nityda Gessel, LCSW, E-RYT (500), TIYT is a licensed psychotherapist, registered yoga teacher, and trauma-informed yoga therapist residing in Austin, TX. Nityda is the founder of The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute℠ and the creator of The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method℠, a healing... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne Manafort

Executive Director, Mindful Yoga Therapy
Suzanne Manafort is the Founder and Executive Director of Mindful Yoga Therapy.She has studied extensively with Beryl Bender Birch in the Hard and Soft Yoga Institute and also with Patty Townsend in the Embodyoga® Teacher Training programs. She is now on faculty in both schools... Read More →
avatar for Lori Edwards

Lori Edwards

Owner/Faclitator, EmpowerYoga
With years of experience and education in Child and Youth Care, Family Services and Mental Health and Addictions, the depth of my lived experience is the most valuable expertise I bring to clients, students, health care professionals and the yoga community. An expertise that is beyond... Read More →
avatar for Chris Eder

Chris Eder

Director of Communications, Mindful Yoga Therapy
Chris Eder is a retired Air Force Veteran and a Power/Vinyasa/Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor. (Frog Lotus Yoga) His yoga journey began in 1999 after he encountered the joys of a pinched sciatic nerve, and a diagnosis of Adult ADD. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Forum
 


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