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About This Meeting

IAYT is pleased to announce our Second Annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR).

The first SYTAR was a groundbreaking event for the professional development of our field – sold out, heartwarming and humbling at the same time. It is our goal to continue to steadily grow this annual event in service to the rapidly growing community of professional Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, Yoga researchers and health professionals who use Yoga in their work. Responding to many enthusiastic recommendations from our first meeting, this year’s conference will provide more depth and integration ...and more movement!

For 3 ½ days IAYT’s SYTAR will present a broad spectrum of professional education as well as address a wide variety of challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary practice of Yoga therapy. SYTAR also showcases important new research and addresses business and public policy issues facing Yoga as an emerging complementary healthcare discipline.

SYTAR continues to bring together the teachings of many distinguished Yoga teachers, therapists, lineages and schools in support of a tradition of fellowship among peers and across methodologies

The Symposium will again provide numerous opportunities for attendees to meet many leading experts from over 30 confirmed speakers. Some of the features of the SYTAR 2008 program include:

Main sessions.  Major program topics, presented in the morning main sessions will be attended by all symposium participants. This provides a shared experience for all attendees, and encourages attendees to participate in discussions and build bridges across disciplines.

Track sessions. The three concurrent afternoon track sessions will address structural, physiological and psycho-spiritual challenges. These track sessions are designed to provide more in-depth education and group participation.

Afternoon practice sessions. Seven concurrent experiential sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon provide for Yoga practice and discussion in smaller groups. These practice sessions support and supplement the topics presented during the main session and track sessions. 

Morning practice sessions. SYTAR 2008 presenters will lead morning practice sessions. A private area will also be provided for individual practice.

Pre-symposium intensives (workshops). We invite you to select one of eight optional Thursday afternoon intensives on contemporary topics led by noted experts. One of these will be focused on research in Yoga therapy and aimed at emerging researchers and those interested in understanding Yoga research.

Call for research work and case studies. SYTAR 2008 encourages submission of scholarly, research-based submissions related to any tradition or aspect of Yoga therapy in a one page, descriptive format (abstract). Accepted abstracts will be chosen for oral or poster presentation. Selected abstracts will be presented during the symposium’s main session or during the workshop on Yoga research. All accepted abstracts will be published in a special supplement to the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Luncheon with the speakers. In addition to complimentary lunch, pre-registration is available for attendees to meet with most of the presenters in small, private settings.

Continuing educational units. SYTAR 2008 qualifies for up to 21.5 contact hours in continuing education as recognized by Yoga Alliance.   

We invite you to enjoy the fellowship of your peers and cultivate new relationships that will inspire and enrich your work and personal practice of Yoga.

Our special thanks to the Yoga Research and Education Foundation (YREF) for continuing to support IAYT and SYTAR 2008. Much thanks also to Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD and Karen Sherman, PhD, MPH for developing the Yoga Research workshop and leading the Scientific Committee.

Attendance is limited. PLEASE NOTE: Last year SYTAR sold out six months in advance. We encourage you to register early!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to sunny Los Angeles, California.

Janice Gates, President, IAYT         John Kepner, Executive Director, IAYT

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