Introducing SYTAR 2013: The Front Line of Yoga Therapy
The International Association of Yoga Therapists is proud to announce the fifth Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), The Front LIne of Yoga Therapy, June 13-16, 2013 in Boston. SYTAR is IAYT's membership conference.

SYTAR is dedicated entirely to professional education, research, practice, and policy issues for yoga therapy. Sessions are designed to enhance your skills and abilities as well as expand your horizons.

Explicit focus on supporting the competencies in IAYT’s new educational standards for the training yoga therapists is germane to the practice sessions this year. Common Interest Community sessions cover areas that have been determined to be popular and of high value to today’s yoga therapists. Views from distinguished leaders in the field comprise the plenary and panel discussion sessions.

This is the first time SYTAR will be taking place on the East coast (see IAYT conferences).

Yet another first this year is the back-to-back placement of SYTAR and SYR (Symposium on Yoga Research), IAYT's academic research conference, in the same location. Both take place at the Boston Marriott Newton; SYR June 11-13, 2013 followed by SYTAR June 13-16, 2013.

We are confident that synergies resulting from this juxtaposition of people and topics will add a whole new dimension to the IAYT conference experience.

You are cordially invited to join IAYT on the front line of yoga therapy June 13 – 16, 2013.

Keynote Speakers 2013
SYTAR’s Front Line of Yoga Therapy 2013 keynote speakers bring a wide range and depth of knowledge, wisdom, and experience to this conference. Each keynote speaker will also present a practice session.

Nischala Joy Devi Nischala Joy Devi, Abundant Well Being
Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, the Ayurvedic Institute
Sonia Nelson Sonia Nelson, Antaranga Yoga/Vedic Chant Center

Important Dates
      Conference registration opens: January, 2013
Call for CIC Abstracts is open
CIC Abstract Submission Deadline: February 20, 2013
CIC Acceptance Notification: April 3, 2013

SYTAR 2013 Program Overview

Plenary Speakers
Judi Bar, E-500 RYT, Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Göran Boll, Medical Yoga Institute of Sweden
Loren Fishman, MD, Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Womens' Hospital
Gary Kraftsow, MA, American Viniyoga Institute
Joseph LePage, MA, Integrative Yoga Therapy
Rolf Sovik, Psy.D, Himalayan Institute
Subodh Tiwari, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute

Practice Sessions: Competencies in Action
These afternoon sessions will support the competencies in IAYT's new Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists .

All members are invited to submit a proposal(s) to present; twenty sessions will be filled from among proposals received. Those selected to present the late afternoon sessions will also be asked to present a morning practice at 7 am. A Call for Proposals and Proposal Instructions have just been released (September 25, 2012). The deadline for submitting a proposal for a practice session “Competencies in Action” is Monday, October 22, 2012.

Common Interest Community (CIC) Sessions
June 13, 1-4:30 pm
      Intriguing fifteen-minute presentations at the start of the conference that will get people talking. Call for Proposals is open.
      Rehab Professionals: Bridging the Past with the Future. Matthew Taylor, PT, PhD, Mathew J. Taylor Institute and Chrys Kub PT, RYT, FitYogaTherapy
      Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Professionals. Paul Copeland, MA, DO.  Healing Pathways Medical Clinic and Bo Forbes, Psy. D., Integrative Yoga Therapeutics™

Ayurveda 101 for Yoga Therapists. Hillary Garivaltis, Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Larissa Hall Carlson, RYT 500, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Arun Deva, DAS, AYT, ERYT 500 Arunacharla Yoga and Ayurved

Meeting of Schools
The meeting of schools is not part of the conference program. It is open only to officially selected representatives of IAYT Member Schools.
June 12, 7-9 pm and June 13, 9-4:30 pm
  • Review and discuss the application to be an IAYT accredited yoga therapist training program
  • Other school support tbd
  • IAYT member schools only.

Location and Venue
Boston Marriott Newton SYR and SYTAR will be held back-to-back, June 11 – 13 and June 13 – 16 at the Boston Marriott Newton in Massachusetts. This is a cozy hotel, set in a quiet, suburban location on 22 acres of scenic riverfront land on the Charles River, 12 miles from the airport and convenient to I-90, I-95 and downtown Boston.

Registration will open in January 2013. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important updates.

Conference Team
The SYTAR 2013 conference team works closely together to make this conference a valuable and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

Eleanor Criswell, PhD, President IAYT Board of Directors
John Kepner, Chair, Executive Director, IAYT
Dilip Sarkar MD, IAYT Board of Directors
Debra Krajewski, IAYT Conference Manager
Julie Deife, Conference Communications Director,
Jesse Gonzales, IAYT Team Member, IAYT Office and Membership Manager

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