Australian Yoga Therapy Conference

Australian Yoga Therapy Conference 2012The Australian Yoga Therapy Conference was held this past weekend and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to hear me chatting with Trina Bawden-Smith, the Event Director you can listen here.

It was a great event, well managed, all went smoothly, it felt intimate and comfortable. The demographic was interesting however not really surprising. The majority of the audience were women of more mature years, which I suspect is reflective in the maturity of their experience as professionals and practitioners in health and yoga.

I didn’t attend the first AYTC event in Sydney in 2011 but a couple of people mentioned that this one was bigger and better. I wondered if that was a result of the growing interest in courses like the Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy  and the RMIT Master of Wellness  or was it that popular international guest speaker Judith Lasater was on the program?


The two days was rich with evidence from dedicated research that reveals  yoga really IS therapeutic…

When I went back through my notes I was able to truly reflect on the quality of the content. I have to say that I was left deeply impressed by the messages from presenter’s Janet Lowndes on Eating Disorders – a Yoga Therapy Approach, and Narelle Quinlan-Carter presenting a practical insight for Yoga and Scoliosis.

Of course with a line up of guests like this, you can expect to recieve some wisdom and profound messages, here are some of  my take aways:-

The guest speakers includes some of YogaTeacherPodcasts previous guests:-

  • Sal Flynn, “A body is like a space suit with this wild technology build in”
  • Annette Loudon, spoke on her research into Lymphedema and the application of yoga for women with breast cancer.
  • Janet Lowndes, reminds us to treat the person not the condition and to be conscience of the images we use to represent yoga.
  • Judith Lasater  has a lovely light and humorous approach and her message was “Trust yourself first”
  • Leigh Blashki,Vice President of Yoga Australia and Secretary of the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists took us through a practice for Balancing the Hemispheres: Anguli Mudra Kriya.
  • Prof. Marc Cohen, spoke about the need for research funding and Building a Reseach Agenda for Yoga Therapy in Australia. He also overviewed the great work of his students including Stephen Penman’s Yoga in Australia survey.
  • Dr. Maarten Immink, Neuroscientist, Exercise Physiologist and Yoga Teacher suggests inflamation in humans is an increasing condition. Is it in line with the event of global warming?
  • James Bone, Physiotherapist and Yoga Therapist spoke of yoga and back pain and that the brain is where the action is, he explained the role of neurotags.
  • Narelle Carter -Quinlan, Biomedical Scientist, Yoga Teacher and specialist in scoliosis, provided a practical insight into this condition and the impact on the breath.
  • Mark Breadner, Yoga Coach to sporting stars talked about one point of focus, keep the nervous system firing, practice, never give up and keep letting go.

Check them out they all have websites.

For some photos check out the Enlightened Events Facebook page and while your there “Like” YTP page too :-)

I’d like to suggest that at the next Australian Yoga Therapy Conference  someone presents research data  of  Yoga Therapy for prisoners… can it help with rehabilitation? 


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