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FIND A WORKSHOP

Schedule

THURSDAY EVENING

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Dinner

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Dinner

8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Welcome & Community Building
Jennifer Cohen Harper

9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Practice: Chair Yoga & Meditation

FRIDAY

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Meditation Practice

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Yoga Practice

7:00–8:45 a.m.
Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Introduction
Jennifer Cohen Harper

9:15-10:30 a.m.
A Framework for Safety and Our Community Agreements
Traci Childress and Roxanne “Nikki” Myers
The YSC aims to create a vibrant community of yoga service professionals and visionaries in which participants can fully and completely engage in a way that fosters deep connection, understanding, and respect. Creating shared agreements about how we communicate, provide feedback, maintain safety, and become allies serves as a way to empower and encourage community members to voice their ideas, concerns and differences with consideration and respect. Join Traci and Nikki as they share the YSC community agreements and invite you into a personal exploration of how those agreements can be meaningful for you this week.

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Body, The Brain, Trauma & Yoga
David Emerson
This presentation outlines the theoretical underpinnings, methodology, and unique research associated with Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), as developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. TSY has been used as an adjunctive treatment for thousands of women and men with treatment-persistent post-traumatic stress (complex trauma), including survivors of chronic childhood abuse and neglect, survivors of torture and captivity, and combat war veterans.

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Lunch

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Yoga & Social Justice Panel Discussion
Carol Horton (moderator) with panelists Marshawn Feltus, Leslie Booker, Chandlee Kuhn, and Carla Tantillo
Can the yoga service movement expand its work to support broader commitments to social justice? This panel discussion explores the question by focusing on the case of the "school-to-prison pipeline," which channels millions of low-income youth (particularly males of color) directly from failing schools into the criminal justice system. Panelists discuss challenges and opportunities involved in working with yoga as a tool for positive social change, drawing from their relevant personal and professional experience in contexts including low-income communities, public school systems, juvenile detention centers, jails and prisons, and the judicial system.

4:15-5:30 p.m.
Networking & Support Options
Discussion Groups (sign up in advance, meet anywhere on campus)*
Mentoring (sign up in advance, meet anywhere on campus)*
*A Note About Sign Ups: Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for 30-minute mentoring sessions with YSC board and advisory board members, on matters related to organizational development, fundraising, outreach, developing teacher trainings, and other requested topics. Space will be limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis. Sign up for the YSC email newsletter list to receive notification when sign ups open. Discussion group sign ups will happen on site.

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Dinner

7:30-9:00 p.m.
Practice: Yoga
Rolf Gates

SATURDAY

7:00–8:45 a.m.
Breakfast

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Practice: Meditation

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Practice: Vinyasa Yoga

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Practice: Gentle Yoga

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
MORNING BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

1. Building a Mindful Community, Crafting a Mindful Culture
Becoming a Conscious Provider With Practices of Inquiry & Reflection
Traci Childress
As mindfulness and yoga programs have become more common in service settings, it has become apparent that buy in, involvement, and understanding are key factors to program success, sustainability, and real organizational impact. This experiential and discussion-based workshop utilizes a process, integral to the work of The Mindful Reflection Project, to support individuals and organizations sharing yoga and mindfulness practices to become aware of and informed by the culture of the group/organization/community they are being shared with. This enables programs to be meaningful to, and respectful of, individuals and communities that they serve. Ultimately, this enables programs to have the greatest impact in the most socially just manner. Using concrete tools, this workshop will help you to better understand and meet your community's needs, align the mission and vision of your program with those needs, mobilize the capacities and wisdom present in your program, and in the community you share the program with, and identify where development and support is needed.

2. Trauma Sensitive Teaching for Children & Teens
Leslie Booker and Melissa Kleinman
One in four children will experience a traumatic event before the age of 16. It is recognized that trauma has a particularly unique and significant impact on children, altering brain development and impairing the stress response system. In this engaging workshop, Booker and Kleinman will share with you how yoga and mindfulness can help children and adolescents build emotional literacy, facilitate communication, calm minds and bodies, and develop healthy relationships. Focus will be on setting the environment for a trauma-sensitive class and building practical strategies and tools that increases children’s self-esteem and capacity to self-regulate.

3. Yoga Basics in Social Service Settings
A Simple Chair-Based Practice for Self-Awareness & Self-Regulation
Joanne Spence
In this experiential and practical workshop you learn a few key yoga movements and breathing exercises that help you and your clients to shift and manage moods, and feel more relaxed in their bodies. Joanne Spence, an experienced yoga teacher and social worker, delivers this particular practice to patients in an acute care psychiatric facility (both inpatient and outpatient), a juvenile detention center, a cancer center, public schools, and alternative schools. This practice would also work well in shelters, nursing homes, and group homes.

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Lunch

2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

1. Sustainable Self-Care for the Helping Professions
Rolf Gates
Rolf Gates began yoga practice as a way to relieve the symptoms of vicarious traumatization he was displaying during his first year as a counselor in a residential treatment facility for adolescents with behavior disorders. Within six months, the practice of yoga relieved his symptoms. Although he was still working as a junior member of a team under a lot of stress, with yoga he had found his way to working from a place of vision and pro-activity. This workshop examines the principles and practices of yoga every helping professional can benefit from. Together we explore these principles and practices that are not only relevant to sustainability on a path of service, but also are proving to be effective as supports in the treatment of both addictions recovery and post-traumatic stress.

2. Creating a Program That Is Accessible, Sustainable & Replicable
Guidelines From the Public Health Field
Sue Jones
Yoga and mindfulness have gained increased attention in health and healing sectors. A meticulously designed evidence-based mindfulness program can be a powerful partner in healing. Knowing the crucial considerations in program design and scale-up can help you in your development process. Accessibility, replicability, scalability, and measurability are all fundamental components for programs that are appropriate for wide-scale public health application, yet these considerations are often overlooked. You leave this workshop with a clear understanding of how to design, pilot, implement, evaluate, and scale your program so that it has a chance of sustainability and growth in the public health and global health domains.

3. Teaching for Diversity
Jacoby Ballard and Elisabeth Garret
This workshop builds off the Beyond Duality work of last year's conference, with a recognition of the potential of yoga to create justice, both individually and culturally. As yoga teachers, we are asked and expected to hold a lot—the hearts, souls, and bodies of anyone who walks through our doors—and we are often not equipped to skillfully hold and heal dynamics of power and oppression that are present in the room. Here, we plunge more deeply into an exploration of who we are individually, and how we unconsciously participate in dynamics of oppression or consciously show up in practices of alliance within the yoga classroom.

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Practice: Vinyasa Yoga

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Practice: Restorative Yoga

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Practice: Meditation

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Dinner

7:30-9:30 p.m.
Yoga Service Exhibits
Join us for an opportunity to learn from and network with conference participants and faculty. Yoga service organizations and community members will be present with materials and support to share.

SUNDAY

7:00–8:45 a.m.
Breakfast

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Practice: Meditation

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Practice: Vinyasa Yoga

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Practice: Gentle Yoga

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Introduction
Jennifer Cohen Harper

9:15-10:00 a.m.
Research Presentation
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

10:05-10:50 a.m.
Strengthening Compassion
Kelly McGonigal
Teachers, caregivers, volunteers, health-care providers, and others in the "helping" professions know that compassion is their greatest strength, but can also feel overwhelmed by compassion fatigue. And no matter how much compassion we feel for others, it can be a struggle to practice self-compassion. Learn the latest science of what strong and sustainable compassion is (and is not), how to avoid burnout, and how to cultivate self-compassion. These ideas and tools will support you in your own work serving others, and become skills you can share with those dealing with health issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other other life challenges.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Creating & Sharing the Story of Yoga Service
Chelsea Roff

11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Lunch & Departure