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Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington and Virginia's Eastern Shore        

Day One: March 25th 9:30 am -4:00 pm     


Continuing education credit will be available for yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

Continuing medical education (CME)* credit for physicians, physician's assistants and physical therapists has been approved by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences.

* includes continuing education credit for psychologists

Continuing education for Nurses (CNE)approved by the DC Board of Nursing


9:30–10:45 Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine

Our mission is to introduce therapeutic yoga as the awakening giant in modern medicine for prevention, recovery and self-care.

Through presentations and demonstrations, you will witness and discover a myriad of practices that enhance physical and emotional well-being. 

10:55–12:15 Finding the Right “Yoga Rx”
Loren Fishman will share his research on back pain, osteoporosis, sciatica and scoliosis, arthritis, weight control, PMS, and common injuries. Judith Hanson Lasater will promote stress relief and healing through restorative yoga. Sat Bir Khalsa will review the psychophysiology of yoga and the research evidence base on the efficacy of yoga therapy and share practices from his clinical trials on insomnia and anxiety disorders; commentary on research on Alzheimer’s Disease will be included.

Our speakers:
Loren Fishman, MD, Physiatrist, Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University, director of Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Prolific author, researcher and world-recognized pioneer in yoga therapy for musculoskeletal and neurological back pain, as well as myriad conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, weight control, PMS and depression.

Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD in East-West Psychology, Physical Therapist. Widely acclaimed international teacher, one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine. Her book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, is the classic text for restorative yoga.

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is a research scientist conducting biomedical research on yoga for insomnia, anxiety disorders and public schools and promoting yoga research as chief editor of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and the medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

12:15-1:15 Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

Optional roundtable discussions are led by specialists in areas of medical and mental health, rehabilitation, addiction recovery, and meditation and stress reduction; an option to purchase lunch is provided at time of registration.

1:30-3:00 Panel Discussion—Therapeutic Yoga for Healthy Living

Our panelists represent the creative forces within therapeutic yoga: educators all, entrepreneurs, community builders, policy makers, master teachers. The conversation, Q & A, will highlight the history of this “movement” and communicate the best practices of working 1:1 within a therapeutic setting. We’ll focus on physical and mental health, contemporary research and describe how a yoga therapist designs individual practices. You will find yourself pointed on the path toward finding the best therapeutic yoga instructor for yourself.

JJ Gormley, M-CAM, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

NOTE: Heather Mason is unable to attend. ROBIN CARNES will be presenting on yoga for mental health and PTSD

Robin Carnes, MBA, C-IAYT, MBA, certified iRest® yoga nidra instructor

Steffany Moonaz, PhD Public Health

3:15-4:00 Yoga Therapy as an Art and Science

Special guest speaker Jnani Chapman will lead a discussion on the art of yoga: the roles of intentionality, motivation and dedication to creating and maintaining a daily practice.  David Fogel and Mary Pappas-Sandonas bring case studies from their integrative medicine clinic to illuminate the process of combining modern medicine with yoga therapy.

Our presenters will engage with the audience to illuminate and encourage further exploration and personal discovery in the realms of yoga practices.