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Panel Discussion | Practical Tips for Preparing to Reopen and Recover

with Yoga Alliance's Chair of the Board Kerry Maiorca (E-RYT 500). Join Yoga Alliance’s Chair of the Board Kerry Maiorca (E-RYT 500, YACEP) for this panel discussion on practical tips for safely re-opening businesses in the U.S. and Canada. The panel features industry thought leaders from various industries including insurance, public health, and school and studio owners from both the United States and Canada.  

Panel Discussion | Intention into Impact: Transform Your Teaching into Action

with Jonelle Lewis, Leila Sadaghee, Rebel Yoga Tribe’s Kallie Schut, OYA Retreat’s Dr. Stacie Graham, and Yoga Alliance’s Dr. Christa Kuberry (E-RYT 500). This panel discussion focuses on taking intentions around creating yoga equity and turning them into meaningful action. It’s often that we have the right intentions but lack framework and strategy to translate them. Here, panelists share three specific tools to help teachers impact their communities in a way that translates into equity and inclusion.

Panel Discussion | Evolution of Yoga Summit and Blueprint, Kickoff

with Jivana Heyman (E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT), Rajni Tripathi (E-RYT 500, YACEP), and Yoga Alliance’s Dr. Christa Kuberry (E-RYT 500). In this panel, leadership from Yoga Alliance, Accessible Yoga, and Yoga Service Council discuss and highlight the Evolution of Yoga Blueprint document created to raise questions, explore possibilities, and invite change in the areas of yoga and cultural appropriation, racism, consent, and accessibility. This conversation is followed by three more panels that dive deeper with experts in the areas discussed in the Blueprint.

Panel Discussion | Evolution of Yoga Summit and Blueprint, Part 1: Increasing Accessibility

with Dianne Bondy (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Jivana Heyman (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Ryan McGraw, and Matthew Sanford (E-RYT 500, YACEP). As a continuation of the Evolution of Yoga Summit and Blueprint series, this discussion looks at ongoing barriers that continue to keep Yoga an exclusive practice and proposes some possible solutions and ideas for moving forward and addressing these concerns. Presenters examine and deconstruct the following: the definition and principles of accessibility, what is keeping marginalized populations away from the practice, the visible and invisible barriers that make yoga inaccessible, and a path forward.

Yoga Alliance Office Hours | Anatomy: The Low Back

with Keri Bergeron (E-RYT 200, YACEP, MSPT), Jenny Fleming (E-RYT 500, YACEP), and Arturo Peal. In the Yoga Alliance Office Hours series, expert panelists open their office doors, answer participant questions, and centralize discussion on nuanced and complex yogic topics. In this event, returning digital event presenters Keri Bergeron, Jenny Loftus, and Arturo Peal break down the anatomy of the low back.

Panel Discussion | Evolution of Yoga Summit and Blueprint, Part 3: Cultural Appropriation

with with Susanna Barkataki (E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP, C-IAYT), Rina Deshpande (Ed.M., MS.T., E-RYT 500), Kelley Palmer, Luvena Rangel Krishnamurthy, and Dr. Tria Blu Wakpa. With the confluence of Yoga teachers of various lineages and cultures, the Cultural Appropriation Track at this conference invites practitioners to explore questions and nuances raised within the context of Yoga and cultural appropriation. We will consider the fine line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. We will also assess the impacts within the Indian and South Asian diasporic context as well as within Black and Indigenous Native American cultures. Cultural appropriation involves a degeneration of primordial cultural rituals and wisdom, so we will also explore the depth, creativity, and richness of indigenous rites and practices that are often missing from Modern Postural Yoga practices. We will explore and practice restoration of ancestral wisdom and other Yogic cultural elements.

Panel Discussion | A Conversation with Professionals: COVID-19 and its Vaccine

with Dr. Loren Fishman, Dr. Stephanie Epps, and Dr. Nadine Kelly. This panel discussion features both yoga and health care professionals who offer valuable insight on the coronavirus pandemic. Viewers can listen in as panelists share their knowledge, respective expertise, and perspectives on COVID-19, its corresponding vaccines, and the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

Panel Discussion | COVID-19 in the U.S.: Disparities in Health and Wellness

with Dr. Stephanie Epps, Dr. Alecia McGregor, Dr. Nadine Kelly and Dr. Robert Saper. In this panel discussion, doctors from the fields of health care, health policy, and yoga discuss the intersection between health and social inequality and how this creates health disparities. Learn how yoga and meditation address these issues.