with Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Dharmananda, Durga Leela,
Dr. Ramkumar Kutty, Dr. Mala Cunningham, Dr. Suprabha Jain,
Arun Deva, Swami Hridyananda, and Swami Brahmananda
What is the yogic prescription for health and healing?
Yoga professionals and medical doctors share a common goal — to bring health to the ones they serve. Swami Sivananda began his career as a successful medical doctor and was a strong advocate for physical health. When he renounced his medical career to focus on providing deeper levels of spiritual healing to humanity, he often integrated his knowledge of medicine with yoga and spirituality to help people heal.
We see increasing cases of this integration today, with medical professionals and yoga experts coming together to provide the best care for those in need. This collaboration benefits doctors because they can better help their patients, and it advances the yoga community by relating its ancient knowledge to modern medicine.
In this special event, you will hear from the founders and teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator program in California who have brought yoga teachers to the next level of yoga service by educating them to work in medical communities — bringing the healing aspects of yoga and Ayurveda into the western medical framework.
Topics of this symposium include:
- Psychologies and philosophies of healing
- Therapeutic applications of yoga
- Ayurveda and its principles in action
- How yoga heals in a medical setting
- History of medicine and healing modalities
Join us as we explore the exciting future of integrating these two worlds: western science with its medical techniques, and eastern science with its capacity of multi-faceted healing. Gain a well-rounded perspective on how yoga and medicine can work together, and return home with a balanced understanding of healthy living.
(starts evening of the 9th)
with John F. Kelly, PH.D., ABPP, Founder & Director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH),
Nikki Myers, Founder Y12SR and
Anita Johnston, Ph.D., CEDS, a clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist, with over 35 years of experience in this field.
and Durga Leela
Phone: 1-866-446-5934 or 242-363-2902
Join those on the recovery path as we learn about, share, discuss, and practice tools from yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. These are proving to be the most sought-after, long-term solutions to sustainable emotional sobriety.
Learn from renowned presenters about pioneering systems of care to meet the needs of people in recovery today. Discover the healing power of collaborative care in a global community that is guided by ancient spiritual wisdom systems. Gain holistic knowledge and practical advice for natural and safe solutions for the path of recovery.
Topics covered include integrated engagement for long term recovery, living our values, the power of communication, taking responsibility, and serving others.
The presenters in this symposium have each developed programs and organizations, over decades of work and research, to address treatment, recovery, and healing from all issues related to addictions, eating disorders, dysfunctional families, intergenerational trauma, institutionalized racism, and suicide.
Each speaker will contribute to our understanding of the underlying causes of addiction and how we can enhance and sustain recovery through research, science, spirituality, yoga, and Ayurveda.
This symposium goes beyond being ‘sober’ to include thriving in the community and being balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Join us and contribute to this drive to make change and raise our awareness about all issues surrounding addiction and how we, our families, and communities can heal from these issues.
John Kelly, PhD, is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The first-ever endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard, he is an expert in both addiction treatment and recovery. John is is the founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine.
Serving on numerous scientific advisory boards and as a consultant to United States federal agencies and foreign governments, John’s work highlights the mechanisms of behavior change and the effects of discrimination toward individuals suffering from substance use disorders.
With more than two decades of research, John has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science. He is also an associate editor for several academic journals and the blogger of Addiction & Recovery 101 for Psychology Today. www.recoveryan
Anita Johnston, PhD, is a psychologist, storyteller, and writer. Serving the eating psychology field for more than 35 years, she is the clinical director of Ai Pono Hawaii’s residential treatment program in Maui, as well as outpatient eating disorder programs in Hawaii.
Anita is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in six languages. She is the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Café, which offers online self-study courses and interactive women’s support circles based on her book.
She provides individual consultations online and conducts Soul Hunger workshops and professional trainings around the world. Using metaphor and storytelling, along with her training as a clinical psychologist, Anita addresses the complex psychological and spiritual issues that underlie struggles with eating, exercise, and body image. www.DrAnitaJohnston.com
Nikki Myers, MBA, C-IAYT, is the founder of the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, a relapse prevention program. A writer, teacher, and wellness practitioner, she is a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conferences at the Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center, and was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer.
A yoga therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner, and addictions recovery specialist, Nikki received the NUVO Cultural Visionary award in 2014. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, the Huffington Post, and CBSnews.com.
Durga Leela is an Ayurvedic Specialist and the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and yoga with recovery tools for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. She teaches a holistic approach to recovery, integrating mind, body, and spirit. She overcame her own struggles with addiction and is a grateful member of 12-step fellowships for over 18 years.
The conference will be held at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
This conference is designed to educate us all on the many different pathways that people achieve recovery in modern times. These are methods, practices, rituals, programs, belief systems that foster long-term recovery. Pathways of recovery are not triggers or events that lead to someone initiating recovery (things like a car accident, the birth of a child, getting arrested, divorce, loss of a job, etc. These would be considered pathways to recovery – amazing what one simple preposition can do, isn’t it?
Together, we will explore Multiple Pathways of Recovery that maintain and sustain recovery. Participants will attend keynotes and presentations on the many pathways individuals sustain recovery. See featured pathways.
CCAR is an approved training provider by the CT Certification Board (CCB) and will be offering 15 CEU credits. Presenters include: