Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine

  • 25 Mar 2017
  • 9:30 AM (EDT)
  • 26 Mar 2017
  • 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • S. Dillon Ripley Center - Washington DC

Therapeutic yoga is an awakening giant of modern medicine. Valued through the millennia as a key to prevention, recovery and self-care, today it is proving itself a valuable partner in modern medical fields as diverse as pain management, healthy aging, treatment of diseases, psychiatry and neuroscience, as well as in education and social services.

Day 1 Registration with the Smithsonian HERE.

Day 2 Registration with Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine HERE.


In Saturday's program, experts in the field of contemporary yoga therapy discuss their research, professional and personal experiences, and guide demonstrations of evidence-informed practices including postures, breath work, and meditation techniques for physical and emotional wellbeing.

Linda Stern Lang, director of Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington and advisory council member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, moderates.

Day 1 schedule:

9:30–10:45 a.m.  Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine

Experts highlight the practices they endorse based on their research and suggest how you can safely and intelligently integrate yogic practices into your life. They include Loren Fishman, director of Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Judith Hanson Lasater, a physical therapist and a founder of Yoga Journal magazine; and Sat Bir Khalsa, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and associate neuroscientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.   Finding the Right “Yoga Rx”

How can you safely and effectively incorporate yoga into your life?  Fishman discusses yoga for prevention and rehabilitation in the areas of back pain, sciatica and scoliosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, weight control, PMS, and common injuries. Lasater focuses on “living your yoga,” stress relief, and restoratives. Khalsa shares his research with children, insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, and discuss the nature of a yogic lifestyle.

12:15–1:15 p.m.  Lunch-Hour Roundtables
Optional roundtables are led by specialists in areas of medical and mental health, rehabilitation, addiction recovery, and meditation and stress reduction; lunch is provided.

1:15–3:00 p.m.   Therapeutic Yoga for Healthy Living

Discussions focus on yoga as therapy, special conditions, individual case studies, and universal applications of practice. Panelists include JJ Gormley, a master yoga therapist who practices the healing style commonly called Viniyoga; Heather Mason, founder of the Minded Institute, which addresses mental health and chronic conditions and quality of life through yoga therapy and mindfulness programs; and Steffany Moonaz, associate academic director at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, the country’s first master’s-degree program in yoga therapy, and founder of Yoga for Arthritis.

3:15–4:00 p.m.   Yoga Therapy as an Art and Science

Panelists offer advice on how to begin yogic practices and guidelines to encourage further exploration and personal discovery in the realms of yoga and meditation.

The optional Lunch-Hour Roundtables are available for an additional $25. Lunch is provided and seating is limited.

Day 2 Schedule:

The speakers from Day 1 return, joined by exceptional yoga therapists to present experiential master classes and intensive trainings.


9:30–12:15 Master Classes and Intensives 

(CHOOSE ONE INTENSIVE)

  • Loren Fishman: Yoga as Therapy for Lower Back Pain
  • Judith Hanson Lasater: Restorative Yoga
  • Sat Bir KhalsaMind-Body Medicine, Yoga and Sleep:  Science and Practice
  • Heather Mason: Therapeutic Yoga, PTSD and Integrative Medicine
  •  JJ Gormley: Yoga As Therapy for Metabolic Syndrome​
  • Steffany Moonaz: A Whole-person approach to Yoga for Arthritis     and Rheumatic Conditions: Steps toward Transformation


12:15–1:30 Lunchtime Roundtable Discussions

1:30–3:00 Master Classes and Intensives 

   When you register you must CHOOSE ONE of these sessions*

  1. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Scoliosis  
  2. Jane Stelboum: Yoga for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment
  3. Sat Bir Khalsa:  Mind-Body Medicine, Yoga & Sleep: Science & Practice
  4. Heather Mason: Therapeutic Yoga for PTSD as Integrative Medicine
  5. JJ Gormley: Yoga As Therapy for Metabolic Syndrome
  6. Steffany Moonaz: A Whole-person approach to Yoga for Arthritis and Rheumatic Conditions: Steps to Transformation, Research Evidence and Integration of Care

3:00-4:30 Master Classes and Intensives

When you register you must CHOOSE ONE of these sessions*

  1. Loren Fishman:  Yoga for Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  2. Jane Stelboum: Yoga for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment
  3. Sat Bir Khalsa: Yoga & Modern Medicine: How does it Practically Fit In?
  4. Heather Mason: Therapeutic Yoga for PTSD as Integrative Medicine
  5. JJ Gormley: Yoga As Therapy for Metabolic Syndrome
  6. Steffany Moonaz: A Whole-person approach to Yoga for Arthritis and Rheumatic Conditions: Research Evidence and Integration of Care


*We shall make every effort to provide you with your first choices; seating is limited and requests will be granted first come, first served. Some participants will be observers, some will be on mats.

 4:30  Closing Meditation


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