SEPTEMBER 23-25 (LIVE ONLINE)         |         ONE YEAR AFTER (ON-DEMAND)

PURPOSE

Convene leading thinkers to disseminate research, share practices, and foster dialogue about how yoga can help people heal from addiction and eating disorders.

Today someone in the U.S. will die of an overdose every 19 minutes, and in the U.K. wait times for eating disorder treatment can exceed one year.
We can do more. 

For the first time ever, four leading charities in the yoga and recovery space have come together to bring you a conference on how yoga can transform the treatment of addiction and eating disorders.

This event will equip you with the most up-to-date research, best practices, and innovative interventions on yoga for both prevention and recovery. Come away with actionable insights and valuable resources to help the people and communities you care about heal.

This interdisciplinary three-day event will empower you to make a difference in your community and connect you with a global network committed to transforming the lives of those affected by addiction and eating disorders.

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MEET SOME OF THE SPEAKERS

Featuring innovators and experts from around the United States, United Kingdom, and the world. 
The symposium brings you a unique line-up of internationally-renowned researchers, clinicians, practitioners, authors and educators. Whether you attend the live sessions or watch the event’s on-demand recorded videos – you’ll have ample opportunities to learn from the best.
Dr. Helene Langevin

Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health

Jill Bolte Taylor

Neuroanatomist and Author of My Stroke of Insight

Susan Broderick

Research Professor at Georgetown University, Former Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan DA’s Office

Mark Sanders, LCSW

Addictions Counselor and Author of Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions

Jason Nagata, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco

Sarah Murphy, MS

Welsh Labour Member of the Senedd

Carolyn Costin, PhD

Eating Disorder Therapist and Founder of Monte Nido

Rolf Gates

Yoga Teacher, Counselor, and Author of Daily Reflections on Addiction, Yoga, and Getting Well

Eddie Stern

Yoga Teacher, Author and Lecturer

Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD

Psychologist and Researcher

Tommy Rosen

Yoga Teacher and Founder of Recovery 2.0

Jamie Marich, PhD

Counselor, Trauma Specialist, Founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness

Greg Williams

Health Policy Consultant, Manager of Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform and Award-Winning Filmmaker

Dr. John Kelly

Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Dr Jayashree Pathak

Family Physician and Expert Yoga Therapist

Nikki Myers

Founder and Director, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery

James Marzolf, PhD

Senior Director, Health Sector Finance and Policy at Whole Health Institute

Dianne Neumark Sztainer, PhD

Eating Disorder Researcher and Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health

Tracy Tylka, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University

George Mycock

Project Officer at the Quality Network for Eating Disorders, Royal College of Psychiatry

Chelsea Roff, C-IAYT

Founder of Eat Breathe Thrive and Co-Executive Director of Give Back Yoga Foundation

James Downs

Mental Health Campaigner and Author of The Practical Handbook of Eating Difficulties

Leigh Leibel

Yoga Therapist and Researcher

 Inge Sengelmann

Somatic Resilience Educator and Integrative Mind-Body Healer

Durga Leela

Ayurvedic and Yoga Therapy Specialist, Founder of the Yoga of Recovery

Alicia Hann

Mindful Dance Educator, Performer, and Choreographer

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Yoga and Recovery Symposium will be delivered via live webinar sessions during September 23-25, 2022. After the conference, sessions will be available on-demand (i.e., you can watch recordings) for one year.
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Day 1: September 23 – Impact of the Problem

The first day explores the consequences of addiction and eating disorders. Hear from researchers who understand these illnesses from a biomedical and yogic perspective and learn how intergenerational patterns of trauma entrench and exacerbate mental illness.

SESSION INFORMATION

THE HUMAN COST: HEALING PEOPLE, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES

Presented by: Nikki Myers and Chelsea Roff

CONFRONTING ADDICTION WITH COMPASSION AND TIPPING THE PAIN SCALE

Presented by: Greg Williams

YOGA FOR EATING DISORDERS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND EMBODIED MOVEMENT

Presented by: Tracy Tylka, PhD and Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD

A STORY OF STRENGTH, HOPE, AND RECOVERY

Presented by: Special Guest

BREAKING THE CYCLE: UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL AND SYSTEMIC CAUSES OF ADDICTION

Presented by: Special Guest

Meet and Greet Space: FOCUS ON THE IMPACT OF THE PROBLEM

Hosted By: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

Day 2: September 24 – Yoga as a Path to Healing

The second day unearths the mechanisms through which yoga counters addiction and eating disorders, for both prevention and healing. Keynote presentations shed light on how yoga can help at different stages of the recovery process, as well as its potential to create lasting social change.

SESSION INFORMATION

The neuroscience of sustainable recovery

Presented by: Jill Bolte Taylor

EATING DISORDERS ACROSS THE GENDER SPECTRUM: SUPPORTING BOYS AND MEN

Presented by: Jason Nagata, MD

DANCING INTO THE BODY: SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH DISSOCIATION

Presented by: Dr. Jamie Marich and Alicia Hann

IMPROVING BODY IMAGE, REDUCING EATING DISORDERS: CAN YOGA HELP?

Presented By: Dianne Neumark Sztainer, PhD

Q&A with community

Presented By: Jill Bolted Taylor and Nikki Myers

Yogic Philosophies that Support the Recovery Path and Mindful Practice

Presented By: Eddie Stern

MEN’S EXPERIENCES PANEL: HEALING FROM ADDICTION AND EATING DISORDERS

Presented By: George Mycock, James Downs, Rolf Gates, and Taylor Hunt

Meet and Greet Space: Focus on Yoga as a Path to Healing

Hosted By: She Recovers Foundation

Day 3: September 25 – Practical Application

The final day highlights interventions that are successfully being delivered in healthcare, community, and criminal justice settings. Hear from those working in the field on best practices, harm-reduction strategies, and how policy can help increase access to yoga for those who stand to benefit most.

SESSION INFORMATION

YOGA IN WHOLE PERSON HEALTH: RESEARCH ACROSS MULTIPLE INTERCONNECTED DOMAINS

Presented by: Dr. Helene Langevin

YOGA AS A PATH TO GENERATIONAL HEALING: EXPLORING THE SUCCESS OF EXPERIENTIAL APPROACHES IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

Presented by: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Ancient Healing for a Modern Illness: How Yoga has Transformed Eating Disorder Recovery

Presented by: Carolyn Costin

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Knowledge: Integrating Yoga and Ayurveda with Modern Recovery Tools for Addiction

Presented By: Durga Leela

The Body as Portal for Healing Trauma: Somatic Healing

Presented By: Inge Sengelmann

From Surviving to Thriving: The Role of Yoga, Meditation, and Breathwork in Addiction Recovery

Presented By: Tommy Rosen

Yoga Therapy as a component of integrative care for addiction in veterans

Presented By: Dr. Jayashree Pathak

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating Access through Health Policy

Presented By: James Marzolf, John Kelly, Susan Broderick and Sarah Murphy

Meet and Greet Space: Focus on Practical Application

Hosted By: Minded Institute and Yoga in Healthcare Alliance

WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR?

This conference is for yoga therapists, yoga teachers, and health professionals interested in how yoga can help people and communities heal from addiction and eating disorders. We enthusiastically welcome:
  • Yoga Therapists
  • Recovery Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Doctors
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Students
  • Yoga Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Family and Carers
  • Osteopaths
… and of course anyone on the path to recovery seeking tools for themselves!

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Continuing Education Units (CEU) is a mandatory requirement for most professional associations and registration bodies for yoga and healthcare professionals. As an attendee, you’ll receive a Certificate of Attendance for attending the symposium, allowing you to accrue up to 12 CEU hours. You can use this certificate toward your annual CEUs.
* We cannot guarantee that all professional bodies will accept the certificate for CEU hours. Please check with your professional association or registration body to confirm.

ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT FOUR NONPROFITS WORKING TO HELP PEOPLE HEAL FROM ADDICTION AND EATING DISORDERS THROUGH YOGA

COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION

All paid passes include live webinars, access to recordings, virtual goodie bag, and a continuing education certificate.

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$99

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$149

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GENERAL ADMISSION

$249

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If you are having trouble registering or have any questions about the symposium, please send an email to gbyu@givebackyoga.org

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ORGANIZERS

This event is brought to you by four leading nonprofit organizations:

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Give Back Yoga Foundation

Give Back Yoga Foundation was founded in 2007 by Beryl Bender and Rob Schware. The mission of the organization is to support yoga teachers and yoga therapists to bring the benefits of yoga to all people, especially those facing mental and physical hardship (e.g. addiction, incarceration, poverty, military service, and eating disorders)

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International Association of Yoga Therapists

Founded in 1989, IAYT has consistently championed yoga as a healing art and science. IAYT supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. Its mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.

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Eat Breathe Thrive

Eat Breathe Thrive is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2013 by Chelsea Roff that aims to prevent and help individuals overcome eating disorders. Their mission is to provide skills and resources for mindful eating, emotional resilience, and positive embodiment.

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Yoga of 12-Step Recovery

Y12SR “connects the dots” between the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.

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SPONSORS

With gratitude to our event’s Sponsor:

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SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

With gratitude to our event’s Supporting Organizations:

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