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Pre-Conference Intensives

Friday, May 13
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Looking for a great way to start the Yoga Service Conference? We are offering three Pre-Conference Intensives on May 13. These full-day intensives can be taken alone, or as part of the Yoga Service Conference.

 

Trauma-Informed Yoga & Mindfulness

The Chakras in Action

Growing & Sustaining a Yoga Service Organization

Pre-Conference Intensives start on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Individual Intensives begin 10:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Learn more.




YOGA SERVICE CONFERENCE

FRIDAY EVENING

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Arrival

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Dinner

8:00 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Welcome & Introduction to the Weekend: What Is Yoga Service?

8:45-9:45 p.m.
Yoga Practice
Matthew Sanford

SATURDAY

7:00–8:45 a.m.
Breakfast

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

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

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

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Introduction

9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Adapting Yoga to Your Students’ Needs
Matthew Sanford

The principles of yoga do not discriminate; yoga poses do. This interactive presentation explores universal principles of the asana that can be shared with ANY body, regardless of limitations or condition. When yoga is shared across all levels of ability and disability, the very best of humanity is unleashed. This makes the relationship between yoga teacher and student a reciprocal one: everybody benefits.

Matthew Sanford draws on his 18 years of experience offering yoga to people living with trauma, loss, and disability and sharing insights about the nature of service, the importance of creating compassion boundaries, and the way this reciprocal relationship affects the greater community.

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Investigating Our Unconscious Bias & Understanding Our Assumptions
Pam Dunn and Leslie Booker
Over the past decade, mindfulness and yoga programs have begun to access some of the most underserved and vulnerable communities in the United States. Within these programs, many teachers work within communities that are ethnoculturally different than their own, and there often is very little information or support for facilitators as they navigate this new space.

In this presentation, we address our unconscious bias around culture, gender expression, race, and other perspectives that might arise. We discuss spiritual bypass and highlight the importance of being aware of our own thinking rather than glossing over it in an attempt to be "correct" or not to appear prejudiced, as we offer support and empower teachers to ask and explore the uncomfortable questions that stem from not having clear understanding.

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

Y.E.S. Yoga: Part 1 (B1A)
Empowerment & Strategies for Creating Body Positive, Inclusive & Accessible Yoga Classes
Melanie Klein and Dianne Bondy
***Please note: This is a 2-part workshop. Part 2 (B2A) will be offered during the 3:30-5:00 breakout session.***

Join Dianne Bondy and Melanie Klein for a Yoga For All Workshop. Through discourse, meditation and asana practice, participants will; engage in a thorough and interactive discussion on yoga and body image, cultural diversity, and finding empowerment body positive language and strategies for your yoga classes; learn how to create universal themes and inclusive sequencing to develop truly progressive and diverse mixed-level yoga classes in which students of all sizes, ability, and ethnicity are celebrated, challenged, and empowered; work together to create an understanding and awareness of how to support all types of diversity in this practice.

Using Mindfulness to Guide One-on-One Yoga Therapy Session With Trauma Survivors (B1B)
Nityda Bhakti

Working as a yoga therapist with trauma survivors is extremely rewarding. The challenge within this healing environment is that it is one involving physical intimacy, and thus the potential for a client to re-experience or be triggered during session is ever-present. This interactive session will highlight the use of mindfulness practices as a tool to guide this work. We explore what this work is, how a mindfulness vantage can aid in doing less harm and promoting more healing, as well as problem solving (e.g. what to do when a client is triggered during a session), and common questions that yoga therapists/teachers have. The information provided in this session is transferable to working with groups and with people experiencing other psychosocial stressors.

Reveal & Reflect (B1C)
Yoga Service as Window & Mirror
Peg Oliveira

Knowledge and skill are not commodities to be imparted on our students. Learning is never in a vacuum. It is personal and contextual. To be an authentic and relevant teacher, we must create an environment that does not require our students to be cultural commuters when coming to the mat. But too often voices are stifled. Or we forget to listen. By framing the teacher-student relationship as an opportunity to both reveal the uniqueness in every individual and reflect our interconnected nature, we will explore ways to dismantle the barriers, conscious and unconscious, that keep us from meeting our students where they are.

Yoga In Schools (B1D)
Understanding & Applying the Lessons of the Yoga Service Best Practices White Book
Traci Childress

In this workshop, we actively explore the content and suggestions created by the authors and editors of the Best Practices for Yoga in Schools White Book, a yoga service guide for yoga teachers, school teachers, school administrators, social workers, and anyone else interested in bringing yoga to kids safely and in a just and inclusive way. Some of the specific suggestions will be examined, and participants will actively reflect on them, working to understand, discuss, and map out ways that the best practices may be used in their own classrooms or yoga offerings in schools. This workshop will involve discussion, group work, and real interactive dialogue with peers as the content of the White Book publication is explored and examined. Facilitated by one of the coeditors of the book, this workshop is appropriate for both school teachers hoping to share yoga in their classrooms, and for  yoga teachers who teach in schools. Ages covered include elementary age through high school.

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

Y.E.S Yoga: Part 2 (B2A)
Empowerment & Strategies for Creating Body Positive, Inclusive & Accessible Yoga Classes
Melanie Klein and Dianne Bondy
***Please note, this is a continuation of the 1:30-3:00 session (B1A). You must have attended the prior session in order to join this session.***

Join Dianne Bondy and Melanie Klein for a Yoga For All Workshop. Through discourse, meditation and asana practice, participants will; engage in a thorough and interactive discussion on yoga and body image, cultural diversity, and finding empowerment body positive language and strategies for your yoga classes; learn how to create universal themes and inclusive sequencing to develop truly progressive and diverse mixed-level yoga classes in which students of all sizes, ability, and ethnicity are celebrated, challenged, and empowered; work together to create an understanding and awareness of how to support all types of diversity in this practice.

Voice of Change (B2B)
Find Your Voice, Live Your Truth
Suzanne Sterling

Do you yearn to stand in your own power and speak your truth? Is it time to listen to the poetry of your own soul and the wisdom of your sacred intuition? Would you like to take your spiritual work out into the world in embodied, compassionate, and active ways? This workshop with Voice of Change founder, Suzanne Sterling is designed to develop and strengthen your ability to live, express, and embody your truth. We will explore ways to heal the deep-seated patterns and stories that keep us silent & invisible, uncover the soul of expression that lives inside you, and celebrate your creativity and artistry in powerful ways. You will then be guided in taking steps to become an effective agent-of-change by using self-expression, ritual, and community-building to support social justice and creative evolution. Voice of Change invites our embodied truth to become our message, our medicine, and our direct action.

A Sustainable Model for Teaching & Learning Mindfulness (B2C)
Christopher Willard

We all want to teach mindfulness, compassion and yoga, but how can we make the lessons and practice really stick beyond the hour or two a week we spend with our students? This workshop examines some best wisdom, research and theory on offering and supporting the blossoming, by considering a more holistic model of teaching. Starting with deepening our own practice, to creating a community of support, sharing practice together and onward to matching practices to personalities and nurturing independent practice. We will explore these questions as a group, sharing from our experiences and the research. Participants should be prepared for an interactive workshop spent adapting and practicing a variety of mindfulness exercises including awareness, movement, games, and expressive /creative activities that can be practiced by people of all levels of experience.

Developing & Sustaining Citywide Yoga Service Networks (B2D)
Erin Garvin
and Rochester Yoga Service Leaders

Come join Erin Garvin, Lynne Boucher, Jenn Kelly, and Leanne Charlesworth of the Rochester Yoga Service Network to explore a model of citywide yoga service that centers around community, unity and an intention of giving back.  Explore how grassroots inception, coupled with a spirit of collaboration in leadership, have allowed yoga service leaders in Rochester, New York to meet the needs of a diverse urban and suburban community through yoga love and service.  Through discussion and activities, we analyze best practices of collaborative leadership, explore strategies for overcoming challenges and maintaining momentum, and receive pragmatic support with spirited inspiration to ignite similar models in their own communities.

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

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

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

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Dinner

8:00-10:00 p.m.
Music Celebration With Ecstatic Chant

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.-9:05 a.m.
Introduction

9:05-10:00 a.m.
Containing & Holding Your Center While Holding Space
Melody Moore

As facilitators, teachers, and therapists, we are privileged with the opportunity to hold space for those we serve and are served by. We get to enter into settings and into the minds and hearts of beings that, like each of us, are vulnerable to potential harm. How do we develop the skills necessary to hold students’ sensation, emotion, and potential transformation? What do we need to know in order to become available to contain our own responses and reactions without getting in the way of the students’ needs? When we are grounded, centered, and have enough self-awareness to respond to our triggers with compassion, we develop a sense of containment for ourselves and those we serve.

10:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Facilitated Discussion Groups & Mentor Sessions

11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where We Go From Here
A Discussion on the Future of Yoga Service With YSC Advisors

12:00-12:15 p.m.
Conference Closing

12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Lunch & Departure

Schedule and teachers are subject to change.

The Children's Program will not be available for this conference and is not available on the Rhinebeck Campus until May 20. If you have extenuating circumstances please contact Omega Registration at 877.944.2002.