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Yoga Service Conference

Supporting Practice & Building Community

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May 19, 2017 – May 21, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Linda Graham, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Gail Parker, Leslie Booker... See More
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SM17-1302-795Linda Graham, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Gail Parker, Leslie Booker, Teo Drake, Nikki Myers, Santiba Campbell, Tamara Jeffries, Jasmine Chehrazi, Argos Gonzalez, Molly Lannon Kenny, Pam Lozoff, Kyla Pearce, Kim Baker, Rosa Vissers , Brett Cobb, Jennifer Cohen Harper,

Looking for a great way to start the Yoga Service Conference? Choose one of three Pre-Conference Intensives on May 19 (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to deeply immerse yourself in important topics in the field of yoga service. These intensives can be taken alone, or as part of the Yoga Service Conference. Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for preconference intensives. Learn more.

How can we adapt our yoga—in and out of the studio—to meet the needs of individual students, no matter who they are or what their circumstances may be? How do we effectively and compassionately offer yoga and mindfulness classes for survivors of trauma, young people, veterans and first responders, and others during times of vulnerability, while still caring for ourselves? How do we offer yoga that is accessible, inclusive, and effective for all individuals, and how is this work connected to creating positive social change?

Join us as we gather to celebrate our practice, purpose, and the growing yoga service movement at the sixth annual Yoga Service Conference, presented by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute. Throughout this supportive weekend, we explore concrete tools to integrate directly into our work with others.

You do not need to be a yoga teacher to share these transformative practices with your community and radically improve lives. Social workers and health-care providers, school teachers and counselors, yoga and mindfulness teachers, and others will find the resources, tools, inspiration, and support to reflect on their role as individuals, and as a community, and explore the challenging questions that must be raised if we are to make yoga inclusive, effective, sustainable, and accessible to all.

Together, through lectures, workshops, practices, and discussions, we:

  • Discover ways to adapt yoga to meet individual and community needs
  • Learn embodied practices to cultivate resilience and well-being
  • Explore trauma-informed yoga for children and adults
  • Address issues of cultural competency, inclusion, safety, and the influence of implicit bias
  • Discuss how to start, grow, and sustain a yoga service organization, including fundraising and evaluation opportunities
  • Examine the benefits and challenges of introducing yoga and mindfulness practices to a variety of communities

Choose from breakout workshops designed to teach skills, build capacity, and support personal reflection and growth. Optional roundtable discussions and mentoring sessions with advisors and board members from the Yoga Service Council are available. You can also enjoy a networking and exhibit event on Saturday evening, where you can connect with yoga service organizations from around the world.

You return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded networking and community building skills, and the heartfelt inspiration you need to continue making a difference in the world.

A limited number of props and mats will be available in classrooms, and will be for sale at the Omega Store; please bring your own if you can.

Continuing Education
  • YA - Yoga Teachers +$50

Linda Graham, MFT, author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience, is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and an expert in trauma therapy and the neuroscience of human relationships.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, conducts basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices. A certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and director of research for the Kundalini Research Institute, he is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, a psychologist, educator, author, thought leader, and media personality, is a lifelong practitioner of yoga. She serves as a faculty member in the department of Integrative Medicine at Beaumont Hospital’s School for Yoga Therapy in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Leslie Booker, a cofounder of the Yoga Service Council and director of trainings for Lineage Project, brings her heart, wisdom, and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga, and mindfulness.

Teo Drake, an educator, practicing Buddhist and yogi, and spiritual activist. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces become more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people, he teaches martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children.

Nikki Myers, MBA, E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner, and certified addictions recovery specialist. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Black Enterprise, the Huffington Post, and more.

Santiba Campbell, PhD, is an assistant professor of Psychology at Bennett College who studies identity development in regards to academic self, race, and ethnicity among African American college students and the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the academy and society.

Tamara Y. Jeffries, RYT 200, a professor, journalist, health editor, and yoga teacher who specializes in teaching yoga classes for people who are “not twenty, not skinny, and not bendy.”

Jasmine Chehrazi, founder of Yoga Activist, teaches yoga studies as faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She also is founder of five community-based yoga studios where she leads trauma-sensitive 200-hour teacher training programs.

Argos Gonzalez, PhD, is a teacher in the Bronx, a lecturer, and a mindfulness and yoga instructor certified through both Mindful Schools and Little Flower Yoga. With a deep passion for empowering children and adolescents, he supports other education professionals to do the same.

Molly Lannon Kenny is founder of the Samarya Center, a nonprofit service and training organization dedicated to individual transformation and social change. Creator of Integrated Movement Therapy®, she has been featured in Yoga Journal and the New York Times.

Pam Lozoff, a trained social worker and yoga instructor, is founder/director of Spirit of Youth Yoga, an organization that aims to build social-emotional skills, community, and leadership with youth and the change-makers who work with youth.

Kyla Pearce, MPH, PhD candidate, RYT 200, is director of program design and evaluation for the LoveYourBrain (LYB) yoga program. Using  her knowledge and skills as a yoga teacher and researcher, she has developed a traumatic brain injury (TBI) focused yoga curriculum for the LYB Foundation.

Kim Baker, MPA, RYT-200, is director of implementation for the LoveYourBrain yoga program. Prior to LoveYourBrain (LYB), Baker spent several years working for the United Nations and various nonprofit organizations both in the United States and abroad.

Rosa Vissers is executive director of Yoga Behind Bars (YBB), a Seattle-based nonprofit offering trauma-informed yoga to incarcerated youth and adults. She has taught yoga to hundreds of incarcerated people and trained more than 300 teachers to instruct yoga and meditation behind bars.

Brett Cobb, author of Toward Spirit and the Christ Within, is a Yoga Service Council board member, fundraising consultant, and former director of development at Omega Institute with 25 years experience raising lead gifts and grants.

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids and coeditor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, is board president and a founding member of the Yoga Service Council. She is a leading voice in the children’s yoga and mindfulness community.